October 9, 2013
We are very happy to announce the release of Photosmith for iPad version 3.0.2. This is a maintenance release only, and fixes the crashing many users experienced after upgrading to iOS 7, especially when swiping through photos in Loupe and Fulllscreen Views.
Photosmith uses caching to help increase performance. We cache a number of things, but in particular, we keep photos in memory so scrolling and movement between large images is more responsive. For example, if you just viewed a photo, then swiped to look at another photo, there shouldn’t be any reason to wait for the previous photo to load again if you swipe back to it – simply pull it out of the already-rendered cache if needed. It only makes sense, right?
To do this, we made use of iOS’s built-in NSCache for some of our photo caching needs. NSCache is handy because iOS manages what is kept in cache automatically, discarding anything that it doesn’t have room for anymore. This is especially handy when writing code that isn’t dependent upon a particular piece of hardware – available RAM varies from around 35MB on an iPad 1 to several hundred megabytes on the iPad 4; we can simply cache as many photos as necessary, and if iOS decides there isn’t enough memory, it will handily remove it from the cache for us.
Except… that’s not what happens in iOS 7. For reasons we can’t quite explain, this appears to no longer be the behavior. There were no announcements in the iOS 7 pre-release notes (or even in the released SDK documentation) and we didn’t run into the issue while testing beta versions of iOS 7. And this is why things will work for a while and then crash unexpectedly – NSCache is getting filled up, and iOS 7 is no longer removing photos as it did in the past when cache memory got full.
In Photosmith for iPad version 3.0.2, we still use NSCache, but added some code so that for users running iOS 7, the total number of entries was limited, thereby having a somewhat similar (though not quite as optimal) effect.
Users with iOS 6 (or earlier) will see no difference, as our method of handling this caching issue only applies to iOS 7. Also, there are no updates to our Lightroom plugin at this time.
We are very interested in hearing your thoughts on Photosmith performance in iOS 7 – please drop us a note over on our User Forums at http://forums.photosmithapp.com.
Photosmith 3.0.2 will be become available today as a free update in the App Store for your country – standard delays may apply as the update propagates through Apple’s servers worldwide.
September 24, 2013
One of the more challenging aspects of Photosmith is the level of integration necessary with other products; most notably Apple iOS and Adobe Lightroom. So, when both Apple pushes a new major updates to iOS and Adobe releases an incremental (but significant) update to Lightroom within a day of each other, it means some extra work for us.
But the betas, what about the betas?
To be sure, both Apple and Adobe are very good about getting early pre-release versions of their software to developers, called beta releases. That said, we have found that testing anything except ship-ready public releases (nicknamed RTM or GM in tech lingo) to be an effort in futility. Apple frequently releases four or more beta versions of iOS to developers prior to the official “GM” release. Things can and do change during the beta period and the final GM release, and we have found ourselves chasing beta ghost bugs – bugs that only appear in beta, but are ironed out in time for the GM. We are now avoiding this unnecessary timesuck by only validating (and coding changes for if necessary) GM releases.
Apple pushed the GM of iOS 7 to developers about a week prior to its public release on September 18. This gave us roughly 168 hours to kick the tires, and to check in with our usual group of users who live on the bleeding edge of technology. Version 5.2 of Lightroom was released by Adobe without a pre-released GM version; 5.2 lived as a public beta version, but many bugs, especially with Publish Collections, were fixed in the final 5.2.
OK, cut to the chase!
Here’s where we are at: The current public version of Photosmith for iPad, v3.0.1, plays very well with Lightroom 5.2. As mentioned previously, there were a number of bug fixes in 5.2 public which were not part of the 5.2 beta, so any countermeasures we might have tried to work around the Publish Service bugs would have been wasted effort. And if we may say, the Adobe engineers did a really great job of addressing the Publish Service bugs; we can’t find any trace!
As for iOS 7, Photosmith plays well, with one caveat: Swiping between photos in Loupe and Fullscreen Views can cause the app to crash in certain situations. No metadata or other information is ever lost, and when you restart Photosmith, your viewing position should be retained. It’s just a (really annoying) 5-7 second hiccup.
The cause of the swipe crash bug actually has its roots quite a ways back, but iOS 6 masked it fairly well. Unless swiping between photos very rapidly (3-5 per second for many seconds), the bug only manifested itself for a handful (four that we know of) users in “normal” use. It’s a memory management thing, and we’re working towards a fix. The crash actually occurs when a background process begins; think fetching mail or some other system-level event; this is why it’s a bug for everyone.
This and a few other more significant bugs, along with native camera raw photo processing, will be front-and-center in the forthcoming Photosmith for iPad version 3.1.
Apologies for the lateness of this blog post; each member of the Photosmith Team is busy with many independent projects at the moment. Since Photoshop World a couple of weeks ago, we have been in divide and conquer mode.
You can always get the most recent news, musings and occassional rant from us via Twitter @photosmithapp and facebook.com/photosmith . Our User Forums are also highly trafficked and a really useful resource for finding new and interesting workflows in which to leverage Photosmith: forums.photosmithapp.com.
Finally, thank you for your continued support. The users are what keeps us going!
September 6, 2013
Greetings from Photoshop World in Las Vegas! We’re well into day three of “the big show” and have met an amazing number incredibly enthusiastic new and existing users of Photosmith for iPad.
We’re really excited to take the wraps off of what we’ve been working on over the past few months: Native camera raw processing right in Photosmith! This will mean full resolution support for camera raw formats previously unsupported in Apple’s iOS, and will be the stepping stone for the next phase of Photosmith development.
Don’t worry, we’re still committed to refining and enhancing existing features, and are continuing to streamline existing digital photography workflows – announcements outlining our efforts to make Lightroom sync even more robust are forthcoming.
We will be at our booth, #434, for another hour – please stop by and say hello if you haven’t already.
Below is our press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Photoshop World – Las Vegas, NV – Friday, September 6, 2013 – C Squared Enterprises, developer of Photosmith for iPad, announced today that it will include native camera raw processing in its photography app for Apple’s iPad.
Native camera raw rendering, which unlocks full-resolution viewing of photos in Photosmith for iPad, is being demonstrated in booth #434, at Photoshop World in Las Vegas September 6, 2013.
“Although Apple’s iOS offers compatibility for viewing certain more-popular camera raw files on iPad, there are some pretty significant gaps, especially when working with older and narrowly-supported digital cameras like Leica,” said Chris Horne, Co-Developer of C Squared. “By creating our own camera raw rendering engine, we are able to support rendering of far more cameras, and offer never-before seen compatibility on iPad for both old and brand new cameras.”
“This is really exciting! We’re adding support for over ten previously unsupported camera raw file types covering hundreds of camera models, all of which can now be viewed in full resolution on iPad,” said Mike Wren, C Squared spokesman and Chief User Advocate. “iPad users will no longer need to rely on, and wait for Apple to push an iOS update to unlock support for brand new cameras. This also opens up a tremendous number of possibilities for photo processing in future versions of Photosmith, right on the iPad.”
Native camera raw rendering is currently undergoing final testing and will be be available in the next version as a free update for all current users. A complete compatibility list of supported cameras will be posted on Photosmith’s website at www.photosmithapp.com.
C Squared released Photosmith version 3 in April, 2013 to universally positive reviews, both in Apple’s App Store and in the tech media. Charlie Sorrel of the popular blog Cult of Mac said in a recent review, “The interface actually makes [adding keyword tags] easier to do in Photosmith than in Lightroom. You can quickly create new tags, make trees or hierarchical tags (People>The Lady) and apply tags to multiple photos at once.”
Photosmith 3 is a free update for all existing users, and is available for a one-time cost of $19.99, or the equivalent local currency.
August 3, 2013
This summer has been really exciting for us! With the release of Photosmith 3 for iPad and our free Lightroom plugin, we have received an overwhelming amount of praise in Apple’s App Store and in the tech media for our improved stability and streamlined workflow.
Photosmith remains the ONLY iPad solution for syncing photos and metadata with Adobe Lightroom, and we’re extremely thankful for all the kind words and encouragement.
In fact, we’re so thrilled with the feedback, we’re taking the show on the road to Photoshop World in Las Vegas September 4-6, 2013. Please drop us a note in our user forums if you’ll be there and would like to meet up.
Woah, what did you say? Forums?
Yes, we are very happy to take the wraps off the Photosmith Forums at forums.photosmithapp.com – a place where the community of Photosmith users can interact with each other, and with us. By expanding our policy of transparency to include user support and feedback, we think everyone will benefit. So please, stop by the new forums, register for a free account and help us take the bubblewrap off, say hello, and help each other out.
The future is bright for Photosmith, due in no small part to the support of our wonderful user community. Thank you!
July 11, 2013
The 3.0 release of Photosmith was well received, but as with any complex software, there’s always minor bugs that make their way into the code. We’ve fixed issues as they’ve been reported to our support team, and had the update submitted to Apple three weeks after our main launch. After more than a week in the review queue, it’s now available for download.
This was intended to be a bug-fix release, but we were able to add explicit support for Eye-Fi Mobi cards. Other than connecting your iPad to the Mobi’s network, there’s no configuration, making setup much, much easier compared to a traditional Eye-Fi.
Additionally, by popular request, we added a separate button for delete. The functionality is the same, but it’s now more obvious how to get to delete.
- Fixed bug where star ratings wouldn’t be read from CR2 jpgs
- Fixed display bug during import size calculation
- Updated TestFlight SDK to 1.2.6 (for iOS 7 preliminary support)
- Fixed bug related to correct parsing of Leica DNG+JPG files
- Updated logic and text to give basic instructions on how to sync with LR in the All Photos drawer
- Selecting a photo in Grid view, tapping Fullscreen button, correct Photo is now shown in Fullscreen
- Fixed memory leak when importing images from Shuttersnitch / Photocopy
- Fixed bug where duplicate image names with the same date would be incorrectly matched during sync
- Fixed bug in Delete Dialog where having 1 photo selected which shows up as 1 synced & 1 unsynced
- After deleting photos, currently select image count doesn’t reset to zero
- Updated logic for fetching IP addresses to include IPv6 and cell phone addreses
- Updated link for plugin in setup wizard email
- Fixed issue where Photos.app instance may not be available upon export, so full resolution is used instead
- Fixed crash caused by non-standard JPG height and width EXIF data
- Added additional checking for valid values when displaying exposure info in Loupe view