January 6, 2012
Update May 2014: We’ve ceased our development efforts of integrating Seagate’s line of wireless portable hard drives natively with Photosmith. Despite many attempts, we have been unable to interface with the drives in a way that we can guarantee reliability. We have talked to Seagate about these issues, and they assure us the drives work as designed, as a media consumption device. However, the use of the Wireless Plus and GoFlex devices as a backup device through its wireless interface has sadly not proven to be dependable enough for us to support it natively within Photosmith.
For version 2.0, we’re adding some major pieces of functionality, but we’re also touching on some items that have been on our todo list for a while.
Back in July, we made a post about the Seagate GoFlex drive and possible integration. One of our users (who happened to work at Seagate) reached out to us, and put us in touch with the right people. After the obligatory rounds with the legal agreements, etc, we started working with Seagate to get things integrated.
We got involved when the GoFlex drive had just been introduced, and some functionality was still lacking. Seagate (and specifically, the engineering managers we worked with) were excellent to work with, listening to feedback and turning around new firmware updates to add what we needed to make writing to the drive directly from the app possible. Because of everything involved, the process took a couple months to get to a good, working product.
We’re proud to announce that support for the Seagate GoFlex Satellite drive will be added to Photosmith in the 2.0 release. This will be in the form of another “Send To” destination, allowing users to select any number of photos (raw or jpg) and copy them up to the GoFlex drive for backup.
The 500 Gb drive can store around 20,000 RAW files from the latest full frame dSLR’s, enough for even the most demanding on-the-go photographer. When back at the PC, the photographer can plug the GoFlex drive into their PC, quickly downloading all the photos, and either use XMP data to import their metadata or use Photosmith to sync the metadata wirelessly.
A working, pre-release version will be available at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 10-13, 2012. A special version was created for Seagate for the event, and allows event attendees to test-drive the functionality in person.
The integration will be introduced publicly in Photosmith v2.0, due out several weeks after CES for no additional charge. Official press release available here.