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I’ve been keeping my eye on this for a while and I am excited that Mosaic has released a huge update.  They’ve now added two way syncing from the Mosaic iOS App. This means that if you use an iPhone or iPad, you can now rate and flag your Lightroom photos on the go.

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Imagine this… sitting in a coffee shop with a client and doing selects.  Or leave your desk and move to the couch and pick out the good ones, reject the bad ones.  You can even share your favorite images to Twitter or Facebook. The changes will get automatically added back to your Lightroom catalog when you have an active Internet connection.

Here’s an overview of the new features published by Mosaic:

You can download the app here for free. The mobile plan costs $7 a month and gives you unlimited previews on your device.  This means you can take your entire collection with you on the go. If you have one of their other paid accounts, you get the two way sync feature.

The Mosaic app has also been updated with improved metadata syncing. The app now shows:

  • information on the filename
  • capture time
  • collections
  • keywords
  • camera
  • lens
  • exposure
  • focal length
  • ISO
  • flash
  • image size.

The initial syncing of your catalog will likely take a few minutes (as the metadata has to download).  Very large catalogs will take a bit longer.  After that updates are very quick.

Be sure to also update to the latest version of the Mosaic desktop client here for the new features to work.

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Join the conversation! 7 Comments

  1. That’s pretty frigging cool. Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about it

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  2. Just downloaded this last night. It works great on the iPad! I love being able to see the edited files on the iPad as well.

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  3. Looking forward to this when they fix the bug that’s currently stopping new installs from connecting from Lr to the desktop app. Hope it’s faster than PhotoSmith

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  4. Do you actually use this? Wondering what things are in place to stop corruption of metadata and sync issues if both desktop and app are being modified at the same time. I’m very hesitant to allow a 3rd party company that far into my Lightroom catalog. It’s imperative that the data is not corrupted or we could loose days worth of data and could back up the studio for far too long. I feel it’s much easier to post previews online somewhere for selects to be made then pushed back to LR manually if needed to ensure my data is secure.

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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

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