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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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In LR for iPad and also the one for iPhone, thumbnails are blurry when zoomed to larger thumbnails.  Is there a way to get it to render the larger thumbnails to maximum resolution?

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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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Same larger thumbnails are perfectly sharp in LR Web.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024

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I believe the max thumbnail size used for LR iOS is 320px on the long side, in the Lightroom/Edits tab.  That is by design, to minimize data use.

 

Or are you talking about the Device tab?  The LR app will use thumbs whenever any are embedded in the original image, otherwise the LR app Device tab relies on iOS to display thumbnail images.  Only after importing images into Lightroom will the app create/use it's own thumbs.  And this obeys the design I mentioned above.

 

If you really want to see larger thumbs, you will need to use another Lightroom app/platform at this time: LR Desktop or if you have a mobile only subscription, you can still use the web app at https://lightroom.adobe.com 

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Community Beginner ,
May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024

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Thanks for the answer.  That explains things.  Any plans to make the iOS version more full fledged with higher res thumbnails like in desktop?

 

It's pretty useless without it.  It should take advantage of the high resolution of the retina display.  Seems like a big usability flaw.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024

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I do understand the appeal of larger sharp thumbs, to intelligently load or create larger thumbs when needed, and rely on the smaller thumbs that need less internet bandwidth in other more common cases.  The team uses analytics to help us understand user workflows and needs.  Forums posts like yours are also very helpful to the team!  I only mean to clarify the current design intention.

 

When it's important to see details, I just go into full screen mode on iPad and use the film strip at the bottom to navigate.

 

When I want to swipe from image to image this way in the Device tab, I enable Early Access > Swipe though device photos in the app Settings.

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Community Beginner ,
May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024

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Thanks, but that takes too much time to go through hundred or thousands of frames.  I see a lot of post from people still using desktop because the iOS version is not very useful.  RIght now my workaround it to use the web version, which still leaves a lot to be desired in other ways.

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Community Expert ,
May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024

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I would love an option to have bigger thumbnails on iPad. I use them for comparing similar photos, a bit like Classic's Survey view. How about switching this to an idea?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 30, 2024 May 30, 2024

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@Victoria Bampton LR Queen -- great suggestion -- done!

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