Main thing I want to --and can't-- do on my iPad

Rate photos. I’m talking about the 0 to 5 score that can be stored in an image file’s EXIF data. I’m talking about getting a batch of photos previously synced to my Mac to the iPad (perhaps in a reduced size), viewing them in a Photos-like app that allows me to set the rating (and maybe make other EXIF edits, but that’s strictly gravy), and then sync the ratings back to the original files.

You have NO IDEA how badly I want this. I’m learning iOS development in hopes of building the app that’ll be able to do this (Filterstorm Pro comes close, but ends up failing I think). The reason: I believe that my photo library will outlast any single photo organization software. Hence the EXIF approach. It’s the reason I use Lightroom instead of Picasa or iPhoto (tho I’m considering just using Bridge exclusively). But for me, looking at photos and making judgements is 100 times more pleasant on the iPad than on a computer. On the Mac, it feels like work — like a chore. On the iPad, it’s practically a game. I don’t know why, but I NEED this. Eventually, Apple will make an amazing iPhoto for the iPad the way they did with GarageBand. But I can’t wait any more. Help!

Posted: Friday October 7, 2011 by Alesh Houdek · · Comment feed for this post: RSS, atom

 

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  1. Dave    Oct 7, 11:24 PM #  

    You’ve filed a radar, right?

    bugreport.apple.com/



  2. Miguel Marcos    Oct 11, 08:56 AM #  

    Take a look at Photosmith:

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/photosmith/id427757668?mt=8



  3. alesh    Oct 14, 11:55 AM #  

    “You cannot sync existing Lightroom photos to the iPad in this version.”

    This might work, but I need a little more assurance before I drop another $18 on something that may or may not be of any use.

    Thanks for the pointer though, I hadn’t heard of that one!



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