Adobe Lightroom is something most photographers wanted for a long time – a serious photo editing and management product without the unnecessary features in Photoshop. While Adobe has made great strides in Lightroom’s features, including a mobile version of the product, huge photo collections remain a challenge to access when you are away from your computer. That’s why we developed younity to integrate with the Lightroom catalogues, so you can carry your entire photo portfolio with you on your iPhone and iPad.
When you install younity on your computer, it will discover your Lightroom catalogue and read its structure. When you open younity on your iPhone or iPad, the Photos view will show you an option to view your Lightroom photos. younity will let you see: Recent Photos; Folders; and Collections. The “Recent Photos” view will show you the last 100 photos added to Lightroom. The “Folders” view will show you the folder structure that you’ve imported into Lightroom. And the “Collections” view will show you all the Collections (aka photo albums) you’ve created in Lightroom.
Last, but not least, younity lets you see the Lightroom catalogue from every computer (desktop, laptop, etc.) you install it on, in a single unified view! That means if you have a Lightroom catalogue on your laptop and one on your desktop, younity will read them both and merge them into a single view within younity (this does not affect the Lightroom catalogues on your computers – it is only merged for viewing purposes in younity).
Doesn’t Lightroom Sync do some of this?
Some of you know that Lightroom has a sync function that enables you to access your Lightroom Collections via the Lightroom Mobile app on your iPhone or iPad. It works quite well, but it has several significant drawbacks:
1) It only syncs Collections, not Folders.
2) You have to configure each and every Collection to be synced (this is not particularly obvious).
3) It is extraordinarily slow – it took about a day for a large Collection of a few thousand photos.
4) Sync photos use up storage on your iPhone or iPad – it will do this until your device runs out of storage.
Many people might be able to live with issues 1, 2 and 3, but the last issue is simply a non-starter for people with large photo Collections/portfolios.
younity is totally different: you never have to configure it to include your photos; it includes all your Collections, Folders and Recents; it is, comparatively, lightning fast; and it does not use up any storage on your device (unless you download your photos for local use).
When you view or share photos in younity, you see a slightly lower resolution copy. However, if you download them you get a full resolution copy. Want to push your best photography to social media, no problem – younity has you covered with one-touch publishing to Instagram, VSCOCam, Facebook and more. You can open any photo in any app on your device that supports photos or print them at the nearest printer. You can even share an entire photo album with someone, easily and securely.
We built younity with serious photographers in mind. Check it out and tell us how to make to keep improving it for your purposes.