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macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jul 24, 2008

I still have a large aperture library I need to move over to photos as I don't have aperture on my new Mac etc...

One limitation I am envisaging is the size of my library (Keeping it within the constraints of iCloud storage plans) and how to auto-archive photos from my Mac to an external hdd photo library (named Photos Archive).

This would be ideal to be able to set it to auto download from iCloud & move the file with the edits attached (not flattened) to the archive either after X years or if the ICloud photos library exceeds a set quota.

I currently have 400gb of photos, many are RAW. I'd like to be importing them in raw onto my iPad pro and not worry about the iCloud size getting so big.

I don't mind paying for a good size library but when I'm storing photos from over 5 or 10 years ago in raw it's very unnecessary and costly.

As far as I know the default photos app on Mac and iPad edits RAW photos?


macrumors G3
May 31, 2007
Florida, USA
Suggestion: Shoot RAW + JPG. Import only the JPGs. Archive the RAWs on your computer.

Only import the RAW if you need to do serious tweaking to a photo, where you need the additional dynamic range of the RAW file. Otherwise stick with JPGs. I've been doing this and have gotten excellent results using JPGs for 99% of my photos. There are very few photos that I find benefit from RAW processing.

Of course, your mileage may vary. But this is what's worked for me.


macrumors 68040
Jul 13, 2008
Editing RAW on the iPad Pro is problematic; Macworld just had an article about that. It's just not as good a solution as a laptop. So putting all those RAWs there wouldn't be that useful.

And it couldn't hold all that anyway.

You've got a workflow problem, not a hardware problem. Decide what you wanna do on the IPP. Is it for showing galleries? doing some light edits? working extensively on one photo?

Photos can't do the rather more sophisticated archiving and such you're mentioning. Look for another software solution.

The suggestion to prioritize which photos go through Photos and iCloud is your best bet. Or use another service.


macrumors 6502
Nov 19, 2015
its easy. just use photoshop express. it supports RAW. nice basic tool set that works. or Filterstorm Neue does also and has more metadata tools.
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