Lightroom on iPad is actual the mobile app known as Lightroom Mobile - very different to the desktop version.
The desktop version of Lightroom is the full software and Adobe recently reduced all Cloud software trial periods from 30 days to 7 days.
Do people use the mobile version by itself? Thanks!
Yes, since you can now get Lightroom Mobile for free but your workflow will be different compared to syncing between Lightroom Mobile and desktop Lightroom.
Thanks Jon! So is it possible to download raw files from an slr directly to the mobile app and just work on the iPad? I couldn't figure out how to do this without a creative cloud membership. I'm not against buying it. I just wanted to see if I would like it and if it is really as seamless as the marketing says..
Yes you can, but you need a CC subscription to have access to the "Technology Preview" which allows you to edit RAWs from an iPad. I'm not sure if this will eventually become a free feature.