Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2013/01/06

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Subject: [Leica] OT: Smartphone apps...
From: justin at (Justin Viiret)
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:40:18 +1100
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Hi Richard, Spencer, and everyone,

I have a similar itch to Spencer's below that I haven't scratched myself,
yet. It may not be possible given Apple's walled garden approach,
actually... I haven't looked into how feasible it is with the APIs

So, I used to travel with cameras and a laptop, which made getting images
into Lightroom a piece of cake. On my trip to India last year, I left the
laptop at home and just took my M9 and a phone and a whole bunch of SD
cards. This worked fine, but meant that I effectively had to leave any
viewing/editing jobs until my return home, just like my film days, since
for me the screen on the back of the M9 is fairly rubbish for anything
other than looking at broad composition.

What I want to be able to do is:

1. Plug the SD card into a dongle like Apple's camera connection kit,
attached to an iPad or iPhone.
2. Use an application to view and do very simple editing of the set of DNG
files on the cards -- a "favourite" bit and the ability to delete images
would suffice.

Effectively, using the iPad as a replacement for the LCD on the back of the

Last I checked, this wasn't possible without transferring all the pictures
on to the device and into iPhoto, which I'm not really interested in doing,
and iPhoto couldn't show more than the low-res preview in a DNG file
anyway. If anyone else has managed to make this work, I'd love to hear
about it. :)


On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 1:32 AM, Spencer Cheng <spencer at> wrote:

> Is there an iOS or Android app that currently does not exist that you wish
> > it does? Photo or non-photo related.
> I really would like to have an photo apps that allows me to do very basic
> editing and, more importantly, ranking of my photos when I travel light
> without a laptop. The key to the ranking is that the associated metadata
> needs to be portable to Aperture or LR (or iPhoto). When the photos are
> uploaded to a real computer, the ranking data and edits must be preserved.
> The purpose of this application is to avoid the monumental task of sorting
> many, many images at the end of a trip.
> iPhoto on iOS allows one to select favourites but that doesn't get
> propagated to any other application properly as far as I can tell. I have
> no idea how big of a market this kind of application represents. I might be
> the only one interested on this planet. :)
> Regards,
> Spencer
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