February 15, 2014
Photosmith version 3.1 is now available in the iOS App Store for iPad. The companion plugin for Lightroom is also available, but updating requires a little extra effort this time around. We made a quick one minute video showing how to properly update the Photosmith plugin for Lightroom:
Please note that the new Photosmith plugin requires Lightroom 4 or newer.
As we previously mentioned, the big updates this time around are native camera raw rendering and a vastly improved Lightroom sync dashboard. There’s also more bug fixes than we care to bore you with… but probably will in a future blog post.
Also, as promised, we just released our comprehensive User Guide – over 200 pages of everything you ever wanted to know about Photosmith (but were afraid to ask). This PDF is perfect for downloading and keeping handy for offline reference, perhaps stored in your iBooks app on your iPad. However, be aware that like our Knowledge Base documents (from which the User Guide is based), it’s a work in progress.
Photosmith version 3.1 app for iPad and Lightroom plugin are free updates for existing users. New users can scoop up the app for $19.99 USD (or equivalent local currency).
The snow continues to fall in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but despite outward appearances, we’re not in hibernation – The past few months have been extremely productive for Photosmith. Winter (especially this season!) is a great time to stay indoors and continue work on refining what has become the daily go-to mobile photography workflow and organization solution for many thousands of amateur and professional photographers. Not a day goes by that we don’t receive very encouraging emails, Tweets and Facebook messages from enthusiastic users – We love discussing photography and workflow, and feel fortunate every day to have such a wonderful user community behind us.
Our most recent development efforts are focused on making the next version of our iPad app and Lightroom plugin really special – refining existing functionality and carefully adding new features that will continue to set us apart from other mobile organization solutions, both today and in the future. Of course, pouring on this extra work behind the scenes put us a little behind with blog posts, we plan to make up for lost time.
Over the next few weeks, we will become much more chatty here on our blog, and over on Twitter (@photosmithapp) and Facebook (facebook.com/photosmith) as we discuss the long list of new and refined features in Photosmith for iPad and the Photosmith plugin for Lightroom, and the myriad of bugs addressed in version 3.1. We’ll also begin posting weekly Photosmith and Lightroom tips and tricks. We’re just as passionate about photography as you are! We will also address recent industry rumors, and talk about why we’re just as excited as everyone else is to have some major players validate the iPad as a photography workflow tool for the professional and advanced amateur.
Final testing of Photosmith 3.1 wrapped up late last week, and we’re really excited to share the results of our many late nights and long weekends with everyone. For those keeping score at home, this puts us on track for release this week!
New and improved in Photosmith 3.1:
In-app Camera Raw Rendering
As we previously mentioned, photographers will be able to render over 25 different camera raw formats from hundreds of different cameras, right on your iPad in Photosmith! This is a big deal for folks with cameras that use raw formats which can’t be viewed directly on iPad using Apple’s Photos.app (Hello, DNG? And many FujiFilm RAF files, for example), and for raw formats that don’t contain a full-resolution JPG preview, like Sony ARW. Leica users will be thrilled to finally have the ability to see full-resolution DNG files right on their iPad!
We’re still conducting comprehensive speed and compatibility testing against other iOS camera raw processing, but it appears Photosmith is best in class for speed: With an iPad Mini Retina (A7 processor), massive 38 megapixel Nikon D800 NEF files render in under 15 seconds! Canon 5D Mark III CR2′s render in under 10 seconds. On the iPad Air, camera raw rendering is is even faster.
For many photographers, camera raw rendering right on iPad will be a real game-changer, as this will be the first time they can view full-resolution raw photos on iPad, without first converting to JPG in camera or computer. And to render raw files in batch, automatically creating sized thumbnails for rapid Grid View and full-screen viewing… this is a huge step for not just Photosmith, but mobile digital photography.
Of course, Photosmith is smart enough to know if a camera raw file contains a full-resolution JPG preview, and will optionally use that if you prefer to speed things along. This means D800, 5D Mark III and other camera raw formats that contain full-res previews will import into Photosmith’s catalog in under 2 seconds each – import speeds that rival even Lightroom!
This is just the start of our adventures in image processing – We’re incredibly excited about what our camera raw rendering engine will mean for the future of Photosmith.
Smarter Lightroom Sync
New in Photosmith 3.1 is a dashboard-like Lightroom sync overview, right in the iPad app. At glance, see the sync status of all your User Collections in one place – and optionally choose one (or more) User Collections to sync by tapping a single button. Yup, more than one User Collection can be synced at once, and all right from your iPad, including metadata conflict resolution. For photographers managing many User Collections and wishing to manage Lightroom syncs while not sitting in front of their Lightroom computer, this will be a real timesaver.
We are also performing a quick audit of metadata changes in both Photosmith and Lightroom, and you can choose, prior to starting the sync, if you want to use Photosmith’s or Lightroom’s metadata in the event of a metadata conflict. This will be a big win for folks that prefer to start a long before going to bed, so that Photosmith is ready to use during the morning commute on the train.
We logged over 300 “items of improvement” over the past three months – and confirmed that those issues have been fixed. Have we mentioned lately that Photosmith is a nights and weekend project undertaken by a very small team of guys spread over three timezones?
With stability comes a couple of hurdles, which we will talk about later today on our blog. The update for Photosmith’s Lightroom plugin will need to be updated in a certain way, and Publish Services will need to be re-saved. This is a one-time thing, and will take less than 20 seconds, but it’s important that this update happens so that you will see our increased sync stability and new features (and bug fixes).
Finally, a heart-felt thank you to our incredibly supportive user community! We view your purchase as not only an investment in the future of the Photosmith app, but in independant app development. Over the coming months, we’ll talk about lessons we’ve learned over the past three years of iOS app development, as well as stories from our users: How and where they use Photosmith, unique workflow solutions, and tips and tricks. Again, it’s the user interaction and engagement which helps to validate our strong belief that iPad is a wonderful organizational tool in the arsenal of the mobile digital photographer.
We also want to thank Claudio Emmrich for helping us to identify some sync-related issues that have been plaguing us the past few versions.
2014 is already shaping up to be a great year for Photosmith… and we’re just getting started!
February 1, 2014
The majority of professional and amateur photographers tend to use Adobe Lightroom to manage their photos. The Photosmithapp is the solution to their problem: this app enables users to easily clear photo backlogs from the desk, rapidly sort unwanted photos out of their collections and publish the best photos with the help of the drag & drop Lightroom plug-in. Anything from the birth of a child in the family to an unforgettable party, a trip in an exotic location or day to day life scraps can turn into lifetime memories safely kept, sorted, exported, and published. Winning the lottery is definitely one amazing life event you would like to immortalize with the help of photos and videos so you can capture the reactions of happiness and excitement – and the Phtosmithapp can ease your job. As for the actual winning process, here are a couple of pointers that might steer the wheel into the right direction.
Lottery Passionate? Check Out These Tips!
So you always like to watch people’s reactions soon after they learned they had won the lottery – usually on television – and you are more or less secretly dreaming of the day you too will asked to give an interview and share your winning tips. For now, all you need to do is focus on your game play. The truth is the odds of winning a game of lottery are one in 165 million if you are interested in the game of PowerBall most Americans buy weekly tickets for. With such odds, the fcat that so many people do on the internet and play lottery online or buy tickets from kiosks and gas stations each after week, diligently and full of hope continues to be a mystery for many. Nevertheless, the “you never know” element that characterizes the lottery is what keeps people going. And the simplicity of the rules, the easy access to tickets – with sites like LotteryMaster selling tickets on the web – there is no wonder playing the lottery is a worldwide phenomenon. The LotteryMaster site enables you to make your pick out of a selection of the biggest lotto games on the planet – with games like PowerBall, MegaMillions, La Primitiva, SuperEnalotto, or EuroMillions part of the offer. Hitting the “Buy now” button will generate online tickets you can buy and manually or automatically mark – while checking out statistics and past results and figuring out which are the your best odds.
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January 29, 2014
There’s a lot of talk these days about photo editing via tablet. Whilst editing can provide a real lift and definition to your pictures, if your base picture isn’t much good then there’s only really so much that post production editing can do to save it. Here are some ideas on how to come up with the best pre-edit photos so that, when it comes to the edit, you have the best raw materials to work with.
If you’re working with a camera, then there are of course hundreds of photography advice blogs available on the internet to help you out. A few good ideas include always using the flash outdoors, which may sound surprising, it can really help with issues such as your subject being too dark when the sun is behind it. Having said that, if your day is overcast then you might want to try taking one picture with flash and one without, because sometimes just a very small amount of natural light can look nice and atmospheric. Another good idea is to ensure that be background behind your subject is relatively plain – such as a clear sky or a simple painted wall rather than something complicated and distracting to the eye. If you’re photographing something small or far away, then it is generally preferable to be as close as possible to your subject, rather than zooming in. If you can, you should avoid zooming altogether as this can interfere with the focus of the picture.
On the other hand, if you prefer to take pictures directly onto your tablet then make sure that you’re fully aware of all the available features designed to make your pictures look perfect. This is particularly true if you have one of the latest models of iOS iPhone or iPad. For example, were you aware that the iOS 7 comes with several extras, including the slo-mo feature and a timer – which is great for taking photos of yourself without having to hold the device itself.
Now there are loads of resources available online to help you with getting to grips with new technology. This is true not only of photography and photo editing, but also if you’re interested in making music, trying out a new sport or even having a go at some online gambling. You can find all the info you need on the best bingo sites at bingostrike.com.
Make sure you keep reading our blog for all the latest insights and ideas on how to get the best photographic results from your tablet.
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November 9, 2013
Great news for anyone that was hit with the “Incorrect photos are displayed after switching away from a Publish Collection” bug in Lightroom. Last night, Adobe announced the availability of Lightroom 5.3 Release Candidate – it includes a fix for this super annoying Publish Service issue, which made working in Lightroom especially difficult when browsing away from Photosmith User Collections. For example, when attempting to browse a folder after looking at a Photosmith User Collection in our Lightroom Publish Service, no photos will be displayed in the Library’s grid view. The only fix was to restart Lightroom. Lightroom 5.3RC fixes all that.
We’ve have been testing Lr 5.3RC for a few hours this morning, and everything appears to work very well with Photosmith sync. We suggest that all Photosmith users affected by the Publish Service bug upgrade as soon as possible.
As with any update (and especially Release Candidates), make sure you backup your Lightroom catalog before upgrading.
Let us (and other users) know how the update works for you over on our User Forums: forums.photosmithapp.com.
Below is a list of all bugfixes which were included in this release, emphasis ours:
- Issues when upgrading catalog from previous versions of Lightroom.
- Incorrect photos are displayed after switching away from a Publish Collection.
- Catalog optimization did not finish, and was not optimizing the catalog
- Feather of clone spots is set to 0 after upgrading catalog to Lightroom 5.
- Auto White Balance settings are not saved to Snapshots.
- Sony 18-55mm lens is detected as the Hasselblad 18-55mm lens for lens correction.
- Increased Update Spot Removal history steps when in Before and After view.
- Slideshows start playing automatically even when the Manual Slideshow option is enabled.
- Video playback stops when dragging on the scrubber.
- Errors when publishing photos to Flickr through the Publish Service.
- Option + drag on Edit Pin behavior is functioning incorrectly.
- Black border appears around the exported slideshow video.
- Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5.
- Pressing the “Reset” button while holding down the Shift key caused Lightroom to exit abruptly.
- Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.
- The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
- Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.
- Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.
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