I know there are a veritable plethora of Android Tablet, Phablet and Phone users out there gnashing their teeth at the lack of availability of Lightroom mobile for their chosen platform. While Adobe has committed to working on a version of Lightroom mobile on the Android platform, its delivery timeframe is uncertain – especially to those anxious Android users feeling slighted. When Adobe put the Lightroom mobile features into Lightroom 5.4 and released it, the iOS iPad users rejoiced (at least those with current enough devices to run the app) and rushed to find a way to insert it into their workflows. The subsequent iPhone release on June 18th fed the frenzy – and the anguish for the Android users.
…even without a supported device, Lightroom mobile still has something to offer for you…
Here’s a less-than-well-known feature of Lightroom mobile. You don’t have to have an iOS device to start using it – today! One of the components around which Adobe’s mobile solution was built iss a little place called http://lightroom.adobe.com – also known as Lightroom Web. Take a look at the middle option on Adobe’s page below.
It is true that most people, when thinking of Lightroom mobile, think of their iPad, iPhone or an as yet unsupported Android device. What is often lost in the shuffle is the existence of a web-based portal to your Lightroom-synced files. When you sync files into the Creative Cloud for use by Lightroom mobile, Lightroom Web gets a copy. By typing in that http://lightroom.adobe.com address and logging in with your Adobe Creative Cloud ID, you can see all of your synced mobile collections. True, you don’t have any editing ability – yet. What you can do is, post your galleries and share them if you wish with whomever you wish – all via the Lightroom mobile functionality.
Post a gallery for your client without having to have an existing website or a web hosting service or show ad hoc slideshows from within a web browser anywhere with Lightroom mobile – no device required.
The point is, even without your yet-to-be supported device, Lightroom mobile still has something to offer for you. As time goes on and the feature set grows, who knows…
Rikk Flohr © 2014