Apple TV users will now be able to view photos using one of Adobe's popular photo editing applications.
Adobe announced in a blog post on Tuesday, July 26, the launch of Lightroom for Apple's smart TV.
"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," Josh Haftel and the Lightroom team write. "Now, with Lightroom for Apple TV that goal has become a reality on the big screen."
Although this is probably good news for professional and amateur photographers alike, many might be scratching their heads as to why they would even want to the ability to have Lightroom on their televisions in the first place.
Despite launching for Apple TV, Lightroom users will not be able to use the editing aspects of the software. Instead, the application will only be used to view and share photos with others.
All photos with the latest edits uploaded from Lightroom CC, Lightroom mobile or its web version will sync to the version for Apple TV. It's important to note that using the app for Apple TV means the user must have a subscription to Creative Cloud.
It may sound pointless to use Lightroom on the smart TV, but users will be able to show off their shots individually or in a slideshow format. This can be nice for when family members are visiting and the user wants them to see a recent summer vacation album, or for playing a slideshow of memories for a birthday party.
Users can stop and zoom in on details up to 200 percent, with it looking crystal clear on the 4K TV.
Along with being able to show off albums on the big screen at home, Lightroom for Apple TV might also come in handy for professionals looking to show clients photos at their place of business. This could be used by architects or home designers or even professional wedding or event photographers.
There are no new Lightroom features for Apple TV users, and users cannot ask Siri to search and find photos by voice. Instead the user might navigate through the remote.
However, it doesn't mean that there is nothing attractive about its release. Support for Apple TV makes having a Creative Cloud even more appealing, as well as letting everyone from families to the pros showcase their body of work in a bigger way.
Lightroom is now available for free in the Apple Store for the 4th Generation of Apple TV.