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.

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14 Responses to “Meet v2.0: Integration with Seagate GoFlex Satellite”

  1. Ben says:

    You guys suck, now I am going to have to get my nerd on AGAIN and buy a GoFlex. Such jerks ;)

    • Chris Horne says:

      If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! :) We just got yet another iPad for testing delivered today. I think that brings us up to 6 now. Plus a bunch of drives, readers, eye-fi cards and other geek toys… :)

      For the latest iPad, we plan on loading it full with our sample data set of photos from all kinds of cameras, and then letting it run some automated tests for days on end, trying to expose any memory leaks or crashes…. a lot can go wrong with raw data!

      • Ben says:

        This is great to hear. Eye-fi cards hey… is that foreshadowing? I have often thought about having such capabilities in Photosmith similar to what you can do with ShutterSnitch. In fact that setup is one of the main reasons I bought an iPad. That would be a killer feature for Photosmith

        Speaking of testing when does BETA testing start? i.e. when can I get my hands on a build ;-)

        • Chris Horne says:

          Can’t say anything about Eye-Fi just yet. :)

          We plan to start beta testing around the end of the month. Some features are completely done (ie- the new plugin, which I’ll be writing about soon) and some need a little more work.

      • Oliver says:

        Hi Chris,

        do you also plan to integrate access to Airstash (Maxell) via WEBDAV? This could be nice for importing only the JPEGS from an SD card (not messing up the iPad Memory with huge RAW-Files) or for backup to empty SD cards.

        Best regards from Germany


        • Chris Horne says:


          We looked at the AirStash, but the size seems too limiting for what it offers. Most cards people use for their cameras are bigger than the 8 or 16Gb Airstash cards. There may be a valid workflow – we just couldn’t come up with one important enough to justify the development time.

          However, I do encourage you to create a new suggestion so that others can vote on it- this helps us determine what’s important going forward: http://support.photosmithapp.com/forums/111001-ideas-and-suggestions


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  3. Darren says:

    Wow. This is just what I’ve been looking for in an application. This feature alone will make me convert form Aperture to LR!

    • Chris Horne says:

      Actually, Darren, you shouldn’t need to. I haven’t tested it, but since we write out the XMP file with the embedded metadata onto the GoFlex drive, you could import your files+XMP directly into Aperture.

      • Darren says:

        Thanks Chris, that possibility has just made my week!

        • Chris Horne says:

          If you’d like to give it a try now, you can write out to a Dropbox account and import to Aperture from there. It should be all the same underlying code – just using a different “drive” to accomplish the same thing.

          If you do give it a try, please drop me a line (see the support page) and let me know what works or doesn’t work for you.

  4. This is starting to be a real serious real thought out mobile workflow solution. Good work guys! next, can you integrate with the iPad HyperDrive that I use? Sorry, I do not work for them ;-)

    • Chris Horne says:

      Hi Maxime!

      We looked into the HyperDrive unit before the Seagate, and I talked to the manufacturer, but unfortunately, it’s too limiting. You can’t write to it from within an app (blame Apple….), so it doesn’t offer too much benefit.


  5. Tobias says:

    when the Images were sent to the GoFlex, can I still tag or view them?
    Is there a way to view / tag Images that were stored on the GoFlex by a USB Copy Bridge?