Today Adobe announced Lightroom for Apple TV as part of their mission to “make Lightroom the one solution that you use to enjoy your photography, anywhere” and puts emphasis on the “sharing” aspect of photography.
Here is their exact language on the announcement:
Our goal has always been to make Lightroom the one solution that you use to enjoy your photography, anywhere and to let you share your photos with anyone, anywhere, with the best possible quality. Now, with Lightroom for Apple TV that goal has become a reality on the big screen. Wow your friends, family, and clients with your favorite photos, in the comfort of your home or studio.
That’s news to me, seeing as I have never used Lightroom to “enjoy” my photos, but rather used it as a method to edit them and organize them. It’s not a viewing platform, it’s a working platform. If you are a Lightroom user, you’re probably as confused as I am with this choice of language, seeing as longtime users have never used it as a platform to enjoy or share. Sure, you can, but it’s not the emphasis.
Basically what Adobe has made here is a slideshow app that links with your cloud-synced Lightroom libraries.
With this Lightroom for Apple TV release, you’ll be able to share your photos one by one in a slideshow, with the ability to stop and zoom in to see all the detail within your photo. Quickly navigate through all your photos to find that exact memory you’re looking for.
All your photos, are always available with your latest edits. In Lightroom for Apple TV, you can view and share all of your synced Lightroom photos including photos you’ve uploaded via Lightroom CC on your desktop, Lightroom on mobile, or Lightroom on the web.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this functionality, it’s actually something I would expect out of my Apple Photos or similar app, but it’s not something that I ever considered for a professional platform like Lightroom.
It’s true that Adobe has been working on expanding the market for their applications, moving away from those who actually want to make professional-level edits and expanding into the everyday person… but the language used here is a bit troubling to those who rely on Lightroom for their jobs. We already went through this with Aperture.
At any rate, this is the interface:
Lightroom for Apple TV requires an Apple TV 4th Gen as well as a Creative Cloud subscription to login. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store on your Apple TV, and is available right now.
So yes, you can now set up a slideshow on your Apple TV that runs your Lightroom Libraries, which is great news for those who like slideshows and export out of Lightroom to make them happen. Yeah, it’s a step/time saver that works for them.
But what kind of precedent does their language in this release set? Is this an editing platform, or a sharing one?
Can it successfully be both?
Additionally, Adobe has updated Lightroom to version 2015.6.1 with the following release notes:
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.6.1 / 6.6.1
- Fujifilm X-T2
Customer reported issues resolved
- App-managed color management on Mac in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6 resulted in incorrect colors when printed
- Uncompressed DNGs files converted from Fuji X-E2 RAF source images were unreadable
- Errors that prevented customers from creating a panorama from two HDR DNG source images
- An issue that resulted in high memory usage while in the Develop module
- Issue that prevented the SmugMug Publish Service from working properly
- Prevent unnecessary resync of collections to Lightroom mobile after an update
- Occasional app freeze on import
- Fixes for native Full Screen mode on OS X
- Drop down menu position issue with high resolution screen
- Import destination folder is not disclosed/shown after every import
- Import grid blank with iOS devices