May 11, 2013
You could import, rate, and organise photos on your iPad and sync them all to Lightroom when you got back to your computer. Wirelessly. With support for star ratings, color labels and Collections, Photosmith let photographers start their workflow on the go, whether they were in the middle of a paid shoot or waiting in an airport lobby on the way back from vacation, with hundreds of photos to sort through.
With the iPad’s brilliant screen, battery life, and touch interface, Photosmith helped photographers finish their chores before they even got back to their computer.
Photosmith 2 brought two-way syncing, so you could send photos from Lightroom to your iPad, a sensational interface with support for Lightroom keywords and the brand-new Smart Groups, making it easier and more intuitive to gather just the photos you need for sharing, organizing or keywording.
All that, and a bevy of new features and functions to support even more workflows – because that’s what Photosmith is about. Enabling photographers to plug the convenience and mobility of the iPad into their workflow, however streamlined or complex it may be.
We realized, however, that the iPad’s built-in photo management software was never designed for the kind of heavy lifting that photographers require.
So the majority of the work we put into the next release was under the hood, where it was needed most. Our customers need more speed, stability and flexibility. Just like Apple did with the Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion versions of Mac OS X, the next version of Photosmith would focus on the engine.
Not just tuning it, though. We built a whole new one, and that engine is the heart of Photosmith 3.
It’s faster, stronger, more stable, enabling Photosmith to support larger images, even on older devices.
After months of engineering, it’s time to take the wraps off.
Enter the Sandbox: more control over your photos.
In iOS terminology, a ‘sandbox’ is an app’s internal storage space. The biggest change in Photosmith’s handling of photos is that they are now stored in a dedicated storage space when you import them into Photosmith, where they can be better safeguarded and managed.
For instance, you can now delete photos if you really don’t need them and don’t want to sync them to Lightroom. You can also delete photos you’ve synced from Lightroom with the Photosmith plugin, though they’ll only be deleted from Photosmith: by design, your Lightroom library will not be altered.
This change yields the greatest advance in speed and stability. The iPad’s native photo management APIs often buckled under the strain of large numbers of high-resolution photos in JPEG and Camera Raw, and while Photosmith’s previous releases became better and better at patching pre-empting or compensating failures in the OS, the new engine sidesteps these issues entirely.
Plug in or cut the cable.
Because the new sandboxed system offers greater control and security, even for large volumes of photos, Photosmith 3 supports new ways to bring photos onto your iPad, or to download them to your computer.
If you have a wi-fi grip for your camera, like Canon’s WFT-E4, you can send photos – wirelessly – to Photosmith via FTP. These transfers are often faster even than Eye-Fi cards, so you can ensure you have backups of your photos while you take them, and show them off on your iPad immediately.
And since the photos are stores in Photosmith’s sandbox, any shots that don’t make the grade can be deleted, so only the keepers get synced to Lightroom.
FTP also works for sending photos from a computer, of course. Photosmith can act as an FTP server. You can choose whether you want Photosmith to accept JPEGs, Camera Raw files or both, and for extra security, you can change the port and set a password, so only you have access.
If you prefer, you can download your photos via iTunes File Transfer – and this works both ways: you download photos from your iPad with iTunes. Including XMP sidecar files. So if there’s no wi-fi available to sync with Lightroom, you can still download them to your computer and manually import them to Lightroom, with all your metadata intact.
Lightroom sync, Eye-Fi, FTP and iTunes, wireless and over USB. However you want to get your photos off or onto your iPad, Photosmith will work for you.
Share and enjoy.
Photosmith can already send photos to Flick, Facebook, Dropbox, or via e-mail. Smart Groups and star ratings enable you to quickly grab the photos you want to share. We thought we could take it a step further.
Photosmtih 3 also makes it easier to share photos with other apps on your iPad. The new PhotoCopy protocol, based on FileXchange, lets the popular Eye-Fi capturing app Shuttersnitch and Photosmith share images directly.
Photosmith is in the first wave of apps that have the protocol integrated. As more and more photo apps are including PhotoCopy support in their updates, Photosmith is ready to support round-trip operations, where you can PhotoCopy a picture to an editing app to apply filters or tweak the color balance, and send the result back to Photosmith. Keeping the original intact, of course.
Cooperation with other app developers is essential to Photosmith’s mission: providing you with the tools, functions and flexibility to work how you want to work.
Tweaks and fixes.
As always, we listen to your feedback and work hard to fix any problems and fine-tune the app’s interface to make it better and easier to use. Our customers are photographers, and we’re committed to giving them the tools to support their workflow, and work how they want to work.
By taking the time to rebuild the very foundations, the technology at the heart of Photosmith, we’ve been able to sidestep issues with the built-in photo management systems that had already taken us months of engineering work to fix. And getting rid of those workarounds makes Photosmith 3 faster, leaner and more stable, so larger photos can now be displayed.
The release is just around the corner. Seven months of intense work are coming to fruition, and we can’t wait to share the results with you. With its new engine, Photosmith 3 is all about speed, stability and flexibility.
And of course, it’s a free upgrade for all owners of Photosmith.
Beta testing is well underway and we’ve been getting fantastic, useful feedback.
Stay tuned, because Photosmith 3 is coming.