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I'll add a bit of info about RAW files as I tried to test this yesterday. I imported 2 RAW files and 3 files shot in RAW+jpeg through the camera connection kit into the iPads photo app. It gave a message for the 3 RAW+jpeg that it was only importing one of the two but didn't say which one (however I confirmed it is only importing the jpeg in that case). Then opening LR mobile, I tried making a new collection and adding to an existing one I had synced earlier from my laptop. LR mobile doesn't even see the RAW files at all, only the jpegs. I had to open the RAW file in the photo app, edit it, save it to a brand new folder in the photo app and then it showed up but of course this was now a jpeg version of that original RAW file. So it doesn't work as the first stage of RAW imports.
I also tested that you can create new collections on the iPad and add photos from the iPad and they automatically sync down to LR. In LR a new collection set is created called "From LR Mobile" and in that Collection Set will be the Collection you created in LR mobile (named however you named it).
I think a major thing missing is no key wording feature in LR mobile. Actually, I find the program fairly useless to me, the only thing I may use it for is to have a LR mobile collection in LR to add my best photos to and have them show up on the iPad to show people. But there are so many other ways to do this already that it really doesn't seem to groundbreaking. Maybe others will find a useful workflow for it. I thought I maybe could use it to sync up a days shooting and then sort/reject on the iPad but it takes so much time to sync everything and lots of space on the iPad and most of my shoots involve 500-1000 photos a day (BIF) where I usually delete 80-90% in the end so this wouldn't work for me either. Right now LR mobile is a glorified gallery app in its present state.
This is great information Geoff. Your testing answered all my questions and concerns about this app. I have to agree that the app is not there yet. I think I will go with Photosmith until LR Mobile catches up. At least Photosmith, from what I'm reading, will move RAW files from the camera to the iPad and then to Lr as a Collection. Photosmith can rate, color label and sync Lr with the iPad.
Thank you for all your efforts.