Photosmith for iPad – A Brief Reaction

This isn’t a full-fledged review of the Photosmith app, because frankly I couldn’t get deep enough to learn as much as I would have liked.  On my iPad 3, it crashes so often as to be useless.

To be fair, Photosmith promises to be many things that I’d love to have.  A way to cull and rate images from LightRoom on my iPad?  Yes please!  I don’t need heavy-duty color correction, just let me select the best from the thousands of images that come out of a day of wedding photography.

There are two pieces to Photosmith.  The app on the iPad is the first piece, and the plugin for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is the other.  Using the Photosmith plugin, Lightroom can export JPG files that are linked to the RAWs in your Lightroom master library.  You can then change the ratings, colors, tags, and rotation of the images in your iPad, and those changes will later sync back to the RAWs in Lightroom.

The process of exporting all that raw material to the iPad is quite time consuming.  If you knew you would be on a flight the next day and can set up the export to run while you sleep that’s fine, but this definitely prevents it from being a grab-n-go solution for large shoots.  If your shoots tend to be smaller, this may not affect you as badly.

Unfortunately the iPad app is unstable.  It crashes constantly, which means that even if you can get around the lengthy import/sync process, it’s still useless.  I invited a potential client to skim through a job on Photosmith the other day, and in the space of four or five minutes it crashed three times.

For these reasons, I have to give the product two thumbs down.

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