Portfolio App for Ipad

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lou Capeloto
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Portfolio App for Ipad
Dec 19, 2012

Hi

I have recently purchased an IPad and was looking for a good Professional Portfolio App. I saw the app Foliobook which I thought looked very good with good customization features and wanted to see if anyone has used this with any comments or if anyone has suggestions for other options

thanks very much

LC

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Re: Portfolio App for Ipad
In reply to lou Capeloto, Dec 22, 2012

Well, there are a few out there, and they all have strengths and weaknesses.  I know in the pro market a big thing is to have something with your branding all over it.  The one I have does not do that.

I have one simply called " Portfolio for iPad" (Google it, second link, about $12.99).

It does say 'portfolio' as it launches.  As far as I know you can't cancel that.

You can create custom graphics for the navigation screen, listed albums and folders on the left, and a picture of your choosing or creation on the right.

You can enter a editing mode, and make certain folders hidden, useful if you have more than one subject matter on your iPad (i.e. Boudoir and Wedding clients don't need to see the same folders lol).

You can also password protect an album/folder if it is not hidden.

You can choose a representative picture for each Album/Folder.

Several import options are supported, including a direct import from the computer if you have a Mac.

All around a fairly flexible setup, but not completely customize-able or fully 'brand-able', but well supported by the company.  I welcome other users of other software to chime in.  It's hard to gauge apps by a few pictures and  reviews .

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Re: Portfolio App for Ipad
In reply to lou Capeloto, Dec 22, 2012

There's one called My Proofs which recently had an overhaul. I haven't checked it out since the overhaul yet.

If you have a Zenfolio account, there is a Zenfolio app you can use.

Will you have wireless access to the internet? If so, having a website optimized for mobile display would probably get you what you need.

I don't use any myself, so I'm curious to see what others have to say.

A while back there was an article posted to this site comparing several products. You might look for it. There are most likely comments to that article suggesting other products, too.

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In reply to PenFan2011, Dec 31, 2012

Lou and Penfan,

I borrowed an ipad last year to make a pitch to a new client who insisted on viewing my photos on a tablet, and I installed "Portfolio for iPad'. Not too bad, it was pretty quick to install and organise photos, and I could brand it. I didn't push the software too much, just organised a series of topical folders and had my logo in key places.

I received a 64GB iPad Mini for Christmas year (loving the smaller size, easily hand-held) and I went on a long hunt for the definitive portfolio app. I was swayed by a comparative review to purchase "Xtrafolio", which was pretty costly (for an app).

It purports to be highly customisable, which is a real plus, but I find myself increasingly frustrated by how poorly designed the interface is (I use to consult on usability, once upon a time, and badly designed software interfaces are a real bugbear of mine). I need to point out that I have no problem with complexity, as it usually corresponds with power (when the app is well designed), but in this case, the app looks like it was put together piecemeal as the the developer came up with new ideas, and it has very little internal logic (this is imho, of course).

I'm bearing down and accepting the fact that I have to conform to the software's way of working, illogical as is is. Quite frankly, it's been moved in to my iPad's "maybe delete" folder and, if I can't become comfortable with it, I'll delete it and get the much better designed "Portfolio for iPad" instead (sadly, I'll be paying for it again, as I made the mistake of buying it using the loaner iPad's account).

Hope this helps!

Chas

PenFan2011 wrote:

Well, there are a few out there, and they all have strengths and weaknesses. I know in the pro market a big thing is to have something with your branding all over it. The one I have does not do that.

I have one simply called " Portfolio for iPad" (Google it, second link, about $12.99).

It does say 'portfolio' as it launches. As far as I know you can't cancel that.

You can create custom graphics for the navigation screen, listed albums and folders on the left, and a picture of your choosing or creation on the right.

You can enter a editing mode, and make certain folders hidden, useful if you have more than one subject matter on your iPad (i.e. Boudoir and Wedding clients don't need to see the same folders lol).

You can also password protect an album/folder if it is not hidden.

You can choose a representative picture for each Album/Folder.

Several import options are supported, including a direct import from the computer if you have a Mac.

All around a fairly flexible setup, but not completely customize-able or fully 'brand-able', but well supported by the company. I welcome other users of other software to chime in. It's hard to gauge apps by a few pictures and reviews .

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In reply to lou Capeloto, Dec 31, 2012

lou Capeloto wrote:

Hi

I have recently purchased an IPad and was looking for a good Professional Portfolio App. I saw the app Foliobook which I thought looked very good with good customization features and wanted to see if anyone has used this with any comments or if anyone has suggestions for other options

thanks very much

LC

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Why have something more complicated ban the simple folder system already available on the iPad. It works!

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