iPad Pro for Photo Manipulation-Handle RAW?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jazz1, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. jazz1 macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2002
    Mid-West USA
    I see that Adobe has answered the call to provide software for photo manipulation. I assume existing photo apps (or their updates) will also work well with the the iPad Pro's bigger screen and resolution.

    The big question for me is will the iPad Pro apps handle RAW photos? If so isn't SSD storage going to be an issue?
  2. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    iPad Pro will have apps to handle RAW, no doubts about it but as you pointed out, iPad Pro has a huge limitation, you can't connect super-fast external storage devices to handle your RAW files and video files as well.

    If iPad Pro came with TB3 support (uses USB-C connector), it would be an instant buy for many of the creative pro. Right now, that lack of external drive support with bigger storage requirements put a lot of doubt in people's mind about iPad Pro.
  3. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
  4. engineerben macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2010
    Greenville Tx
    I can't speak to the flash drive to which you linked, but I'm using the Leef iBridge Lightning flash drive. I love it - it's a great place to put audio, video and pictures, plus documents (although most docs aren't so big that I'd mind having directly on the iPhone/iPad internal storage). It is not fast, but it sure is convenient.

    Bear in mind that you can only manipulate files that reside on the external storage with the app the vendor supplies. So to directly play video, for example, I have to use Leef's own application. You can use the "open in..." feature of IOS, but that copies the file to the sandbox of the selected application.

    I suppose a software vendor like Adobe could build direct access to external storage like the Leef iBridge or the PhotoFast external drive into their apps, but that would require the device vendor to open up the API for their devices, and that doesn't seem a likely scenario.
  5. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    No, these drives can only be used by the apps built for the devices, you can't use any apps you want with the devices. The vendor would have to provide an API for third party apps to use.

    Apple needs to change this in iOS to allow all apps to access the external drive but given the big security risks of doing so, don't expect this to come anytime soon unless Apple come up with a smart system.
  6. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    of course. thanks fellers.

    its a shame as reading the marketing blurb on these devices you'd expect full access across the board, which isn't the case. they sound like wonder drives, plug and play answers for all.
  7. bronksy macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2006
    Getting stuff 'in' to iOS has always been an issue. it's the one factor which pushes people towards a laptop or a competitor.

    With the Adobe stuff - in particular Lightroom Mobile, you upload the files using Lightroom on your main computer, and then the 'smart previews' appear on your iOS device.

    Obviously you still need to use a PC or Mac to 'ingest' the images. However the reason this is the way it is - is so that the PC/Mac does all the heavy lifting and outputting of RAW files. The system is very good to use, but it doesn't help when you want to pop RAW files into the iPad on location.

    This is the absolute killer thing for me - the one thing which pushes me to thinking about a MS Surface for on-the-go editing.

    They tell us we can edit 4k video on the iPad Pro - but how the devil would you get it into the device?

    For me, the ingest in the absolute missing link. HOWEVER the new Adobe apps, and LR mobile along with a dedicated touch system (rather than Windows on a tablet) does make the IPP much more compelling.
  8. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    the icloud drive will be your file management between ios osx and icloud storage
    probably starting with ios10 and next osx
  9. MikhailT, Oct 8, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2015

    MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    First, the iCloud Drive app already exists in iOS 9, you can turn it on in Settings to see the iCloud Drive app. In fact, it shows up as an option during the setup.

    Document Picker has existed since iOS 8, which in addition to iCloud Drive, other cloud solution provider can also add support for, and this is the "file manager" but it hasn't taken off for many apps to make this a good solution. This is still an opt-in for apps and it is not likely Apple will do anything to change anyone's mind on this.

    However, it will absolutely never be a solution for the majority of users that wants this. We're talking about 100s of megabytes per image and tens of gigabytes per 4K video file, not even Google's Fiber will fix this and we're talking something that 95% of the population don't have access to.

    So, no, iCloud Drive will never be the file management for this situation. Cloud-based file system will never replace the local drives for huge files.

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