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Offline Marziah

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iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« on: August 26, 2021, 03:19:23 PM »
Marziah Karch created topic
2 years ago on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 10:58 AM
A number of people have requested an iOS version of Photo Mechanic for use on iPads, particularly the iPad Pro. We may consider this for future development, but we are not making any announcements at this time.

However, we'd still like to hear from you. How would an iPad workflow look to you? Would you want a lightweight version that only has a few features or is this something you want to replace desktop use?

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Offline jose

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2021, 07:45:04 AM »
Ideally, broadly speaking, my ideal work in the field would be very similar to the current workflow with the desktop PhotoMechanic:
- ingest the photos;
- view and select;
- fill in the necessary fields (with the advantages of variables, etc.);
- rename;
- transmit the images;

after this quick processing, finish selecting and archiving with PM+ on the desktop computer.

Offline russ@giffordweb.net

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2021, 11:29:13 AM »
I would like to replace my laptop with my iPad for times when I have to process and submit pictures at a game I'm covering.  I would like to ingest (with all the appropriate naming/tagging that I can do in PM) only my potential submissions (locked photos). I can't just show my locked pictures in a Lightroom import, I have to scroll through my disk and find/select the subset of pictures I want to import. I also can't do the shoot setup ahead of time like I can in PM and of course LR doesn't do the shortcuts for captions that PM does.

I can take that small subset of pictures into LR from PM very easily and make all the edits and adjustments that I need to make there.

This would reduce the amount of stuff (or at least the weight) that I have to carry to a game.

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2021, 02:05:12 PM »
For me the PM-App could be have less functions

My workflow would be:

- ingest the photos with renaming of the files and apply iptc from Template (copyrights, contact, google, etc prepared at home before the shooting)
- view and select with stars
- fill in Caption, Headline, Keyword (all other fields would have been filled before with templates during the ingest) - no need of variable


Then moved the Raws and xmp to capture one on pc, or soon on their upcoming iPad/iPhone-App


transmit the images could be done with any other ftp-Freeware



Ideally, broadly speaking, my ideal work in the field would be very similar to the current workflow with the desktop PhotoMechanic:
- ingest the photos;
- view and select;
- fill in the necessary fields (with the advantages of variables, etc.);
- rename;
- transmit the images;

after this quick processing, finish selecting and archiving with PM+ on the desktop computer.

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2022, 11:18:34 AM »
I switched from Ipad to Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. An Android version would be very useful for me, no need anymore for an ios one...

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2022, 10:11:29 PM »
iOS version please!
Copying José’s suggested needs/use: Ideally, broadly speaking, my ideal work in the field would be very similar to the current workflow with the desktop PhotoMechanic:
- ingest the photos;
- view and select;
- fill in the necessary fields (with the advantages of variables, etc.);
- rename;
- transmit the images;

after this quick processing, finish selecting and archiving with PM+ on the desktop computer.

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2022, 04:27:56 AM »
My process flow would be very similar to Russ's. I suspect because it sounds like we are both sports photographers trying to get something out quickly after the game.

My desire for an iPad version of PM is purely for what I do at an event. As a result, I don't need the iPad version to allow me to edit a large number of images. I don't even really need it to be a part of my culling process. While I would find use for those two features at a large multi-day competition, I mainly need it to be a way of quickly identifying the images that I have highlighted in camera as being the main contenders to go out in the initial push to media.

Once I've done that, I'm happy to leave the venue and then use the desktop version of PM to do a broader cull and identify any other images that I should have considered but didn't recognise at the time and want to include in any less time-critical submissions or have as part of my archive.

With that in mind:

1. Set up my shoot variables in PM on my iPad ahead of the game so that they are automatically applied when I import into PM.
2. Flag key candidate photos in camera.
2. Open PM on my iPad and filter the import view to only show those flagged photos.
3. Select a subset of flagged photos that I want to process.

3a. In an ideal world, have some quick way to add variables to individual images such as players and teams shown in the image. But I could live without this step given I'm unlikely to be processing a significant number of images at this stage.

4. Allow those photos to be imported into Lightroom on my iPad so that I can apply my develop presets, edit and share before I leave the venue.
5. When I get home, use PM on my desktop to do a deeper dive into what I've shot. Fill in the necessary fields for the broader keep list and import into Lightroom.
6. Apply my presets in Lightroom. Allow them to be synched up to Adobe cloud.
7. Synch them into Lightroom Classic (annoys me that it has to be this way to get the full sized version into the cloud) for any deeper post-processing that I want to carry out and so that I can store a local copy of the file on my NAS.

Graham.

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2022, 09:09:50 AM »
Would love to see PM native on my iPad. I just got myself a 6th gen mini with the goal in mind to avoid carrying my laptop.

I tested a SD card copy using a Caldigit USB-C SOHO hub with a Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD. It worked perfectly. Both drives were mounted and the copy worked seamlessly through the Files app.

What I am missing is PM. My standard IPCC template and so on… and essentially the workflow outlined above.

Fingers crossed we see iDevice support in the near future.

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Re: iOS version of Photo Mechanic
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2022, 06:05:29 AM »
I would like the following options for my mobile workfow  :
1 - open folder with the photos, select from a folder on iPad or external disk (attached GnarBox via USB-C for example)
2 - select te keepers
3 - apply IPTC template using variables (much like the desktop version, including imported controlled vocabulary for keywords)
4 - rename files with index counter
5 - export results if modifying originals files on external device or folder on iPad is not possible

Basic editing is not needed, transferring files to my NAS via SMB is done via de iPadOS Files app using a VPN.
I can currently do the steps using ShutteSnitch, but the IPTC for the RAW files is written to a XMP sidecar files (shuttersnitch seems only able to add IPTC to exported jpeg files), which is not what I want as I would like to have the IPTC in my original RAW files and not only in the edited jpeg files.

Hope you will finally decide to create an iPad version, so I do not need multiple tools like iSH with Exiftools installed to add IPTC to my RAW files using commandline scripts.