Luminar for iPad

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    John Russo

    I would also love to see Luminar on iOS. And while I agree with Sherwood that the best use of a tablet on a shoot is for tethering and consult (and would likely never use a tablet as my main editing workstation) I can definitely see myself using it on a shoot to crop, correct horizon, tweak exposure etc before posting online.

    I’d be happy with a “lite” version as long as tools are similar and files are compatible between desktop and tablet. Pencil support would be cool. I’d be ok with it being a paid app - maybe a free dumbed down version and unlock all the goodies for a small amount - say $10. Love Luminar, Aurora and want to never have a reason to use another editor 😉

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    Sam Dow

    I would love this as well - I would really love a more seamless approach in general to editing between my desktop and my i-devices (particularly my ipad, which is always with me, unlike my 27" desktop imac!).  

    Perhaps the full suite of tools would be hard to import into a mobile version due to size, but given the presets that people can import or design for themselves, these would seem to be a relatively easy thing to set up on a mobile device.  It would be really nice to be able to even just "carry along" my favorite presets (rather than all of them, for memory reasons), 

    Anyway, if you're looking for another vote in favor, count me in.  

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    John Russo

    ...and yet there are examples of independent small(ish) software companies that *do* have very functional products across multiple platforms. I'm thinking of Evernote, Sonos, Fitbit, TPE in particular. Granted none of these are photo editors, but thats not the main point.

    Having been in software my entire professional career (the last 10 as a product manager) I know how hard it is to balance the needs (wishes, wants and demands) of the various constituencies. Its never easy, but I'd hate to see Skylum cede the mobile market. I suspect a mobile offering done well would grow their name recognition and user base, and deepen the relationship with their existing customers.

    Perhaps a mobile photo editor that consumes external camera raw files (rather than apple raw) *is* too ambitious - but maybe its not. I don't know enough about the complexity of raw interpretation (or availability of libraries for same) to say. As for cross platform compatibility, my assumption (possibly flawed) was that the history stack would be relatively easy to transfer and replay across platforms.

    I would never want Skylum to do anything to risk or diminish their great products on Mac and Windows. Which, btw, worried me when they announced the Windows version of Luminar... and by all accounts that's turned out really well. 

    If we don't ask, we'll never know

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    K.G. Wuensch

    Still a DAM without a mobile integration isn't worth having anymore. Times are changing and there needs to be an easy way into the cloud today. The most valuable part of the LR subscription is the highly functional integration with the cloud.

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    Dennis Halalay

    I find that Lightroom mobile is an extremely valuable tool on my iPad Pro when I am editing on the go. And now Adobe will be producing an iOS version of Photoshop. I would dearly like to have an iOS option for Luminar, even with a somewhat reduced set of features.

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    A vitti

    Oh please... 

    Skylum  earned money on the false promise of a DAM in Luminar we’ll probably never see.

    They’re not even able to develop what they’ve already sold...

    Don’t put other strange ideas  in their marketing geniouses minds...

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    David Adams

    Yep, I couldn't agree more. I am looking to move away from Aperture and the only product out there appears to do everything I want is Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, but not at that price. If Skylum had a way of managing assets in the cloud and at the very least previewing on devices such as Apple TV, iPad, iPhone etc, then I would buy this suite of products in a heartbeat.

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    Andy Garcia

    Despite those that believe you can’t do serious edits on an iPad, I believe that Luminar will ill quickly become irrelevant unless thay make some kind of attemp to provide a mobile platform. Simply because that is the way the computing environment is moving. Despite the disappointment of not having a DAM component as promised, I still went ahead and purchased Luminar, and that is because I do like the software. My go to app is still LR, but as an extension, I find good use out of Luminar. The other components that are missing is merge to HDR and merge to Pano. It is seriously lacking when compared to LR in MANY ways, but again, as an extension, it does serve its purpose.....for now.  Have you noticed that they no longer tout it as a LR replacement?

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    Steve Rosenberg

    Ryan, I fully agree with your opinion. In fact, I found this post looking for a complete mobile plus Mac solution. My iPad is always with me and I no longer carry a laptop on photography trips! I enjoy some editing on the road! Of course serious work occurs on a 5k iMac

    The reality is we are in a multiple device world.

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    David Wilson

    I agree wholeheartedly that Luminar needs an iOS version. I use desktop iMacs as my main editing platforms, but I take my iPad Pro everywhere. I no longer use a laptop. Please don’t make me switch to Lightroom!

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    Paul Easker

    I now own an iPad Pro. I’m going to have Adobe Photoshop on my iPad Pro the same day it is released. I don’t want to use my MacBook Pro anymore because my iPad Pro is faster. Not moving into this market is going to cause you to lose customers. Moving into this market is going to cause you to gain customers. It’s a simple smart business move that you should be making. Don’t ignore your customers.

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    Julia Kot

    Hi Eric,

    For now, Luminar is for MacOS and Windows only.

    We'll definitely consider the possibilities of creating the iOS version in future as well.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

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    Ryan Verbeek

    I’d like to react to Sherwood Botsford, and several other people in this comment section.

    I think it’s safe to say that if we’re taking about mobile apps and and we’re mostly talking about iPad here is that it’s the future. Being the device the youth is growing up with rather than laptops and desktops as the majority did before. These tablets will become a standard in computing at this level.

    The newly released iPad Pro benchmarks beat the latest (entry level) MacBook Pro. And frankly much more is not needed for proper photo editing, desktop is still more suitable for high end video production, VFX, CGI etc.

    But as of now there’s affinity photo on iPad and it barely misses a feature compared to the desktop app, affinity launched designer on iPad too and there’s no app on par. Adobe was quick to say photoshop is coming back to iPad but not in a ‘lite’ or ‘mobile’ way.

    No assumptions, but I think some of you guys have been underestimating the power of an iPad. And If you just test affinity photo on iPad and get a feel of how natural it is to have the photo in your hands and edit it right there. On a display that’s not necessarily smaller than a macbook’s And of which the colors are the most accurate on the market (and the ambient light feature (called True Tone) can be disables by a simple swipe down and press of a button). It’s a night and day difference compared to when photoshop was first available on iPad. iPads are so much more powerful, the refresh rate of the displays, touch accuracy, input devices and possibilities open for people developing the apps as well as using the apps on the platform have grown tons.

    I recommend you just try out some photo editing apps, maybe some design and video editing apps. You can always ask for a refund.

    I’m just trying to say that iPad is not necessarily inferior to desktop, it’s very capable and a matter of preference. For most of my designing I will still use desktop because that’s what I’m used to and there’s nothing wrong with that. But who knows in the future, maybe I’ll work on an iPad Pro only...

    Have a great time everybody

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    Ryan Verbeek

    What I forgot to say is that I faith in Skylum, I’m certain they can pull off a full fledged iPad (Pro) app.

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    Mark D

    I would like to agree with Michael Brodey. Over time as the iPad’s hardware has improve, those vendors that have iPad version of their products have improved as well. With the latest release of the iPad Pro, Adobe has produced a “fully functional” version for the iPad. Other vendors have produced products that have significantly improved the functionality of the iPad such as Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.

    Just my two cents.

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    Colin Grant

    In the name of all that is holy can we please just focus on getting a desktop version that works first! I would hate this shower to start writing stuff for iPad - I can imagine the syncing issues now.

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    Joachim Thumm

    We need Luminar for iOS... please!

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    Colin Grant

    Might be best if they get the current versions running properly first. Step two would be to bring the functionality up to par with the likes of Lr and Ps. And you seem to have forgotten Android! 

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    Jon Sweeny

    Skylum please concentrate on doing a proper DAM. Your long awaited so-called DAM in Luminar 3 is such a joke. 

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    Arnaud DELORME

    Have a look at the Skylum CEO answer here: https://shadesofcolormagazine.com/author/jmm78/

    "... we will definitely come out with Luminar for both iPad and iPhone, but only after we release Luminar 4, which is scheduled at the end of this year. And after we release Luminar Cloud, which will be in beta testing in July. Right now, we already have several prototypes of Luminar for mobile platforms, but we want to make sure that we come out with exactly those features that will bring additional value to users – that will bring something new to photographers and artists. And once we have these new, unique, and interesting solutions ready, it won’t matter how many apps already exist on the market since we’ll bring people something that no one else has given. Skylum’s philosophy is not to copy, not to duplicate, but to create and introduce new value. And we are now forming this value... "

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    Martha Wreford

    The new ability with iPadOS to import RAW directly to ipad / LR is a game changer. You don't need a cloud for anything. Travel is now seamless, no uploading on iffy wifi, and hours of downloading.

    Until now I was hoping that Luminar would release a mobile version, even if only to cull, examine and rate. That saves me hours once I return instead of scrolling 1500 shots - I can deal with the 5* instead of the lot.

    The inability to see value in that step alone is dismissing a valuable tool. Time is money and if I can save time doing some work on 13hr flights, I'd rather be making money than watching Spiderman. I would like to escape the subscription model, but until this key piece of Luminar is released, I doubt I'll even upgrade to v4 after supporting them from the beginning. 

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    Gloria MacDonald

    So I'm a huge Lumiar fan and consider some parts of it to be superior to LR/PSD. That being said, and as I just got the new iPad Pro when my old one was not worth repairing, I'm really looking at the possibility of ditching the laptop for the bulk of work, if not all of it. The purported new fully functional PSD for iPad is extremely attractive. And On1 seems to be bringing out their own mobile app, though they're a bit nebulous as to what exactly that means). I think working to make an absolutely amazing Luminar 4 is wonderful, but wait too long to bring out the iPad version and people will be settling in with your competitors. I'd most people who take their work on the road are looking more for that portability with 80% functionality as more important than every single amazingly stunning feature which is only available on a laptop. The Adobe mobile offerings to date have been laughable, which gave Affinity a huge inroad. Though not quite PSD, Affinity Photo for mobile does the job nicely. I'm hoping Luminar will see the benefit of getting the iPad version out ASAP, because most of us don't have the time and money to keep trying new tools every time they come out. The first one that works well for iPad, will be the new king.

    Apologies to Android users if my interests don't go to developing for Android devices, but... eh! :)

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    Paul Samson

    Following up based on the recent Apple WWDC, does the move to ARM-based CPUs make it more likely that Luminar can be soon made to run on an iPad?  If iPad apps can run on a Mac (soon), why can’t a Mac app run on an iPad?  Apple suggested it would not be hard to recompile the code to run on an ARM CPU.  Can you shed light on the impact of these OS changes on the probability we can soon get a fully-functional iPad Luminar 4 app?

    I purchased a new iMac in December when my old one died only because there was no Luminar 4 iPad app.I truly hope it is the last desktop I have to buy.

    Many thanks.

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    K.G. Wuensch

    @David,

    do you really think that Skylum is big enough to develop and maintain a cloud solution? And what do you think this would cost? Even if they go the easy route and rent cloud storage with one of the big guns, that's going to cost monthly/annually almost as much as the LR+PS subscription would cost (more so if Skylum requires you to provide your own cloud storage, the ones with a nice API to connect to are on the pricey side of things)...

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    David Adams

    @K.G. Wuensch

    Firstly, I don’t appreciate your tone. 

    Secondly, I have no idea how big or how small Skylum is. I don’t know who owns them, how many people work for them or what their revenue is. 

    Thirdly, all I am doing is stating what I want for in a product, I do not need to be spoken down by some random like you when voicing my desires.  

    Fourthly, cloud storage is dirt cheap. Do some research if you don’t believe me. 

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    Paul Easker

    Here’s what I have found so far for decent alternatives on iOS:

    Affinity Photo by Serif Labs

    https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/affinity-photo/id1117941080?mt=8

     

    Pixelmator by Pixelmator Team

    https://www.pixelmator.com/pro/

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixelmator/id924695435?mt=8

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    Michael Brodey

    When I first started using LR Mobile on my IPad, it was no where as good as on my iMac, but over time Adobe I improved it to where there is not much you can’t do on the mobile version.  Plus, it syncs with your home Mac, including all metadata.  Personally, I’m not that interested in cloud storage, but that too, is included in LR CC for IPad.

    i currently use Luminar as a plug-in to Lightroom, and there is not much that I can do in Luminar that I can’t do in Lightroom.  With the Adobe Photography program, I get access to Photoshop, which I sometimes use for more precise edits.  Unless Luminar wows me with their new DAM and, down the road, migration ability for a Lightroom catalog, I will remain an Adobe subscriber, with Luminar as a plug-in.

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    Paul Easker

    Perhaps the best competitor to Luminar I’ve found so far, and possibly better than Affinity Photo is Polarr: https://www.polarr.co/editor/0

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    Markus Wanninger

    Polarr seems nice at first glance - but I personally don‘t like it. Despite all it‘s plusses.

    a) it only uses JPG‘s at this point. No raw development, no TIFF support.

    b) I really don‘t like the quality of the output. 

    Shame, it could be a great tool. 

     

    Anyhow, I am iPad only for my photography using mainly RAW Power and Affinity photo. The workflow is ok, but could be improved upon. A Luminar version on iPad that ties into the library and gives me the all the editing features would be a dream.

    I believe that if the UI would be designed or at least optimized for use with the pencil than that could be a great photo solution! 

    I keep hoping.

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    Michael Brodey

    In my opinion, LightRoom Mobile does it all now.  You can use it alone, or linked to your PC.  If you so desire you can have it linked to the cloud, giving you access to all your files everywhere.  Personally, I don’t go that route, choosing to only link specific albums I set up.  I can edit in the field, then automatically copy those files to my MAC when home, complete with edits, history, ratings, and all meta data.  In practice, there is very little in the way of edits I can’t do on the mobile app, but I can always rework them if necessary on my MAC.  This goes for RAW images as well as JPEGS, TIFFs,etc.

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