May 12, 2012
[This post is part our ongoing series introducing Photosmith 2 which will be a free update for all users]
In preparing the press stuff for launch we realized that most people have never seen what version 2 looks like unless you bought Jeff’s book. We’ve talked about it a great deal and offered a few glimpses but we’ve never shown full screenshots. Well that’s all going to change right now.
Here’s Grid view:
Starting in the top-left corner are the view mode buttons, they provide direct access to the 3 ways to view your photos. You can also get to Loupe by double-tapping a photo.
Just below the view mode buttons and anchored to the left side of the screen is the Sidebar. At the bottom of the sidebar are tabs for Library, Tagging, Services, and Dashboard. Here’s a quick overview of them now but we’ll detail them further in future blog posts.
- Library is the list of all your collections, both the Photosmith built-in ones and any you’ve created or synced. iPad Photos app’s albums are not displayed because apps aren’t allowed to edit them(1).
- Tagging is where all of your metadata is edited. If you’re familiar with version 1 this is the sidebar you see in Loupe view. Now it’s available all of the time. If you have more than one photo selected it shows you the aggregated values for each field. This makes it pretty quick and easy to find anything that’s out-of-sync (like missing location assignment, etc.)
- Services is your import/export hub. You can change the settings for importing iPad photos or Eye-Fi. Configure Lightroom sync (both directions) or, export to Flickr, Facebook, and Email.
- Dashboard is maintenance headquarters. Purge old data, check for suspect photos, re-run the setup wizard, access the in-app help (wifi or data connection required), or contact us with ideas or request support.
The biggest change you’ll notice when using the app isn’t immediately obvious in a screenshot. It’s that the sidebar mode is no longer tied to the view mode. You can look at collections in Loupe or edit the metadata in Grid, etc., whatever works for you. Photosmith 2 is all about being flexible to allow you to work the way you want to.
Across the bottom of the screen is the QuickTag bar. This gives you instant one tap access to rotate, color labels, star ratings, and reject(2) your photos. If you are in Grid this will apply to all of the photos you have selected in the current collection. In Loupe & Fullscreen it applies ony to the currently visible photo. The QuickTag bar has a few more tricks up it’s sleeve but we’ll save those for another day.
The large area just above the QuickTag bar is where your lovely photos show up. We’ve kept everything else on screen quiet and as sized down so that your photos get as much attention as possible.
This shot is showing Grid and you probably noticed right away that the grid is broken up into rows, that’s our Smart Groups at work. We’ll describe them in more detail tomorrow but trust us, it makes sorting through a large batch of photos nearly effortless. You really have to try it yourself to believe it.
Each section has a header with a group select/deselect button on the left and the data range of the photos in the section. Two cool features we really love here is that the resolution of the time reported matches the range of the photos. For example: If your group has photos spanning only a few minutes you’ll see hours, minutes, and seconds too. If they span years there’s much less detail to distract you. The second cool thing is that you can Smart Group on any of the fields we sort on: Import Date, Capture Date, Stars, and Colors. The groups and headers update to match. This makes progressively narrowing down a set of photos really easy.
On the far right of the Grid is a quick index slider to make it quick and easy to jump to any group you want.
As we count down the final days to release (we’re just waiting on a few necessary approvals now) we’ll be posting more of these walk-throughs. Hopefully, we’ll have an honest set-in-stone date to report to you very soon. (And that date will be very soon too).
- Third party apps are allowed to create new Photos.app albums but they can only be edited during the same app “session.” Once you close the app and come back they are read-only. Albums created by other apps are always read-only. For this reason, we treat them exclusively as one-way export-only destinations.
- As of Lightroom 4.0 there is no plugin API to set the Reject flag so therefore it doesn’t sync directly. Instead, we don’t transfer it via our own Sync but if the file already exists (like if you did a cable sync) then we set the copy name field to “Rejected” so that you can easily find them with a Smart Collection. We believe Adobe is going to add the necessary APIs to a near-future version.