Back in October, Adobe made it possible for Lightroom users on iOS to download and use the image editing app, sans the Creative Cloud subscription requirement. Now, the same can be said for Android, with version 1.4 of Lightroom on Google Play also being offered free of charge.
Adobe is considered an authority in the world of image editing. But often, would-be users of its considerable app range are priced out of the market. Times are changing across the wider software landscape, though, with more and more apps being offered for free in order to achieve legitimate installs. This free-to-download or 'freemium' model has garnered its fair share of resistance during its recent rise to prominence. But software makers -- particularly the likes of Adobe whose Photoshop suite is considered among the most-pirated on the planet -- see it as a necessary stance to combat unauthorized downloads.
Strictly speaking, Lightroom isn't a freemium app, in that you can download and make edits on your mobile device to your heart's content. But, if you want to sync your creations with desktop machines, you will need that Creative Cloud subscription, which seems a must-have for those seeking a seamless working environment.
Even without the CC support, you can go ahead and edit raw DNG files, as was made possible through an update to the mobile app earlier on this year. To those who just wish to revel in some of Lightroom's considerable features, it's a worthwhile download as is. For the serious image editor, though, that Creative Cloud subscription would seem a necessary addition, if not an essential one.