Full blown photo editing... for iOS

Started Oct 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP Pasmia Contributing Member • Posts: 536
Re: Full blown photo editing... for iOS

Thanks a lot for your reply and grat input. I'll look up some stuff on PhotoGene.

I shoot exclusively in raw, not necessarily because I want to, but mainly because I sort of have to with Lumix m4/3. I do plan on hopping on board with Olympus, but they just don't have a body style that I can live with. If I could sell all my gear, the Fujifilm XE1 is very tempting as well.

With that being said, I'm kind of used to working with raw files. Though I want to get into an Olympus or maybe even Fujifilm, I'm scared that I'm gonna miss the amount of editing that's capable with a raw vs a jpg. So even when I do make the switch, I'll probably be shooting raw+jpg for a while. I just figured all of these cloud solutions would remedy the limited amount of space.

I think the bottom line though is that the technology simply isn't there yet for what I'm looking for. At least not on the iOS architecture. I'll look up some upcoming win8 tablets and their available apps.

Thanks again...

threeOh wrote:

It's sort of possible but not without some major concessions on your part.

I travel a lot. Months of time each year to interesting places. So, lots of pictures. I've used a 64gb iPad 1 and now a 32gb iPad for over 3 years. I use PhotoGene with the Pro upgrade for editing and iPhoto strictly for creating and uploading to iCloud. If you use another photo site, PhotoGene has excellent upload capability, in batch mode.

Here's some pro's and cons:


Light, easy, excellent battery life, superb screen, very good jpeg editing apps available, good usability - the screen size is good, the apps are tailored for touch screen and limited screen real estate, control by touch works fine.

Organization capability is excellent. Folders or albums can be created depending on what app you use. Originals are always maintained in their original state.


If you shoot jpeg+raw, you will need to clear your iPad frequently. Another pc/Mac is required to offload your images to whatever storage device you choose. There are a ton of devices offering expanded storage for iPads. I would read a lot before you enter what is a field of devices with major shortcomings that don't get mentioned in the advertising and basically useless web site reviews (complete with links to buy). It's difficult to offload images without a computer. Most of the app approaches fall apart on more than a few fronts with raw files being a major issue.

If the iPad would be your only device, you either don't take many pictures or you will have quite a storage challenge. Yes, there are hard drives that can serve files to the iPad. Can they import? Raw files? How large a drive?

Raw editing is time consuming and, IMO, not worth the hassle. I bought a Fuji X100 which delivers excellent jpeg files. Most liked camera I've had since film days. Many apps can work off the jpeg preview in a raw file, very few can start with a raw file.

There's a lot going in in this area and there may be some decent solutions that I know nothing about.

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