In the last article, I talked about how some of Adobe’s newest iOS apps are starting to incorporate the Lightroom mobile app’s collections of images as a source for building image-centric products. Long-time readers of the Fleeting Glimpse Images blog, will remember a much older article (2008) about the Lightroom desktop application and how I used it as the image pusher to all my graphics-related software. Six years hence and Lightroom mobile is fulfilling that same mission.
If you tap the Share icon just below the Battery indicator in Lightroom mobile you will get some options. The first option is Share…
Tapping Share allows you to get to the iOS Share dialog. Now, your screen may vary from mine based upon the apps you have installed, bit easy to see Lightroom mobile becoming your hub to many of your favorite ways to share your images. Here are the options I have currently:
- AirDrop to nearby machines
- Text Message
I can also save an image (perhaps one on which I have done some Lightroom mobile development work) to my Camera Roll. I can place a picture on one of my saved contacts in my address book, I can copy the image to paste later elsewhere and I can also print it. That is a pretty nice set of options to distribute my photo to my communities! But, there is more…
If I tap the Sharing Icon and select Open In…
… I get all of these options! (Again, this varies by what apps are currently installed on your particular device)
This is more analogous to the Edit In… command in Lightroom desktop. It is a way for you to get your edited Lightroom mobile image into another app where you can edit it more, share it, and work it into blogging platforms. On my iPad, this is what I can do from the Open In…
- Photoshop Touch
- Photoshop Express
- Drop Box
Note that only four of those ten items are Adobe products.
When you add these to the list above it becomes a wide-ranging list of places to share, further refine or incorporate the images in your Lightroom mobile shared collections.
Add to this the ability of certain apps to access Lightroom mobile natively and you see the power that is starting to emerge. As Lightroom mobile and other apps evolve, I hope and expect this synergy to grow. It is time to start thinking about Lightroom mobile as your way to get your images from your iOS device to where ever they need to be.
I am finding more ways to incorporate Lightroom mobile every day.
Rikk Flohr © 2014