Viewing RAW Files on the iPad 2
Some time ago there were posts about viewing DSLR images on the iPad 2. One user was very unhappy with how that worked out (or didn't). The review of the iPad 2 by dpreview.com gives the same view (though the situation is much more rosy for viewing JPGs).
Some time has passed, and there is no doubt that new apps are out now. Has anyone recently tried viewing DSLR RAW files on their iPad 2? Would shooting RAW plus JPGs, then viewing the JPGs on screen be an easy approach? That is what we do with the camera's own view screen, after all. The RAW files could then be transfered to a true computer for processing later. Thanks!
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jmmcg9 Charter MemberSat 01-Dec-12 04:01 AM | edited Sat 01-Dec-12 04:06 AM by jmmcg9
Mike, I don't have any experience viewing raw on an iPad, but I am investigating. I recently upgraded from the original iPad to the 4th generation. I want to dedicate my old iPad as a photo viewer with the goal of limiting it to reviewing, rating, and tagging. I ran into a couple of issues but fortunately Joe Kissell at Take Control Books turned me on to an iPad photo expert Jeff Carlson. He literally wrote the book on the topic (actually two books). One is "Photosmith for iPad" which covers Photosmith, an app that does exactly what I want. You can view JPEGs, Raw, or Raw + JPEG. It was designed to be compatible with Lightroom. The app has mixed reviews on iTunes, but Jeff says he has confidence the developers will work out the issues which are related to memory management. The 2nd issue is both my D700 & D200 use compact flash which is not supported by the Apple Photo Connection kit. He suggested this adapter:
I ordered the adapter and plan on downloading Photosmith this weekend (not cheap for an app at $20, but a minor annoyance for a chronic sufferer of NAS). Note you can download via USB directly from camera, but I want to avoid tying up the camera & draining it's battery.
I'll add another post once I try this out. I plan on limiting my dedicated Photo iPad to only Photo support apps, so hopefully I won't run into the memory management crashing issues.
Cheers, Joe Mac