I hear people asking for ways to integrate their iPad into their photography workflow. Things light tethering, image review, portfolio, tagging, etc. come up quite a bit. Lightroom for iPad sounds like a natural, but today it doesn’t exist. What does exist is the next best thing and that is Photosmith 2. Now before we get too far ahead of ourselves, there are several technical limitations preventing developers (like Adobe) from bringing full on tethering and Camera RAW support to the iPad. If you think about it for a minute, there would be a dozen or more tethering Apps out already if it were doable. Therefore Photosmith 2 will NOT allow you to connect your camera directly to your iPad and shoot tethered. With that out of the way, let’s see what Photosmith 2 IS…
Think of Photosmith 2 as the Lightroom Library Module on your iPad
Photosmith 1 allowed you to bring your images in via the Apple Camera Connection Kit or the cool M.I.C. All-In-One SD/Compact Flash Adapter. This means that you could bring in your RAW or JPG files directly from your camera/memory card right into the App and begin the process of tagging, rating and organizing your shots into Collections. Photosmith 2 brings native Eye-Fi card support to the table! This means that you can shoot WIRELESSLY directly to your iPad and even better directly into Photosmith 2. After you’re done tagging, rating and organizing you can sync what you’ve done to Lightroom on the desktop. This truly means that you have an iPad to Lightroom workflow for working in the field and then getting that work to your desktop with that tap of a sync button. Photosmith 2 also adds 2-Way Sync support via a Lightroom Publish Collection. Yep, you can drag images into the Collections on your iPad and sync images right back to the iPad. This is great for getting those images that you’ve adjusted in the Develop module on the desktop version of Lightroom or edited in Photoshop back to your iPad.
Photosmith 2 looks GORGEOUS! They really spent some time in this release making the interface LOOK BETTER! Not to mention making the app faster and manage RAM better. You can batch tag as well as use your existing iPad Albums as a source for importing. Great loupe and full screen support makes this a natural for showing off your images too. It just may become a candidate for my iPad Portfolio App of choice!
- Wirelessly sync your unsorted backlog from Lightroom with our free plugin
- Sort and filter your photos
- Organize them into collections
- Apply star ratings and color labels
- Apply keywords and IPTC metadata individually, in groups, or with presets
- Share highlights and rough selections to Facebook, Flickr or by e-mail
- Support for RAW, JPG, or RAW+JPG
- Support for 100% zoom for many cameras
- Native support for Export and Publish Services in Adobe Lightroom
- Directly receive from Eye-Fi cards
- Very powerful sync options, allowing workflow customization
If you’re a Lightroom user and have an iPad, you want this app!