Adobe has introduced the ability to open and process RAW files on Lightroom for Mobile. Before the announcement, Lightroom Mobile supported RAW editing, but only for DNG files. The new feature is found only on Lightroom for iOS Version 2.4 but not on Lightroom for Android Version 2.1, at this time. This is clearly an effort by Adobe to preempt Apple's expected released of iOS10 in Q4, which includes the support of RAW images.
New features on Lightroom iOS 2.4 include Linear and Radial Selections, keyboard shortcuts, lens profile and copyright insertion. The new Lightroom Android 2.1 gets a new Pro mode for the built-in camera plus a new Camera widget for direct access. Lightroom iOS 2.4 and Lightroom Android 2.1 can be downloaded free of charge from iTunes and Google Play.
“With the raw technology preview, you’ll be able to import raw photos immediately to either your iPhone or iPad, edit them, and then share them, anywhere you’ve got a connection. Our goal with Lightroom for mobile is to make it an indispensable part of your photography workflow.
Once you open up a RAW file in Lightroom Mobile, you’ll be able to do the same things you can do on desktop: adjust white balance, recover blown highlights, access the original color data, editing an uncompressed photo, and more, “all using the exact same technology that powers Lightroom on your desktop.
What’s more, the RAW file you work with in Lightroom for iOS is automatically synced to your Lightroom on other devices, meaning you can seamlessly transition between your devices while working with shots. Edits, star ratings, and flags are all synced.
We’ve run Lightroom for mobile through its paces on a number of different files, including 50MP images taken with the Canon EOS-5Ds, proving that you really can edit nearly any photo anywhere.”