Adobe's Lightroom photo editing tool is about to get way more useful on Apple's iPad with the ability to import photos directly from a memory card into the photo editing tool.

Apple's tablet doesn't have all the same features as Lightroom on a personal computer, but direct import is a crucial step for those who want to leave their laptops at home.

Adobe is testing direct photo import now and will ship it later this year, Tom Hogarty, Adobe's photography product management leader, told CNET in an exclusive interview.

Lightroom is widely used software for editing and cataloging tool, and Adobe has offered a tablet version for years.

But it often functioned more as an accessory to Lightroom on a laptop than as a standalone tool.

Adobe also just released an iPad version of Photoshop, although to mixed reviews, with an Illustrator version to come.

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