Images in the Bank


This post is the second in a series. The first post is On the road with the new digital hub

While waiting for the iPad release (oh, the sweet anticipation!) I remember dreaming of using it as a remote photo bank—replacing a smart hard disk/camera reader for storage and archive of digital photos on the road. I try to take the words of Pixel Corps Alex Linday to heart, a file doesn’t really exist until it exists in three places. For photo trips this used to necessitate carrying a laptop and one or more external hard drives or photo bank devices.

Fortunately, a 128GB iPad provides lots of room for backing up camera cards, using the Lightning to USB Camera Adaptor. This is part of my nightly routine. As soon as I’ve settled into the room, I connect the camera kit, and import all of my images from that day. I carry enough camera cards so I don’t have to reformat any until I know the images are safely archived.

Apple’s Photostream adds value and convenience to my backup process. In fact, it was the release of Photostream along with iOS 6 that convinced me to replace my original iPad with an iPad 3 just prior to my last big photo trip.

Photos are automatically added to my Photostream

Photos imported onto the iPad are added to my Photostream. Any images shot using the iPhone automatically become become part of the Photostream too. They quickly become available for editing on the iPad (assuming its connected to the Internet) and are archived on Apple’s server. Any photos that I do post-processing on are also added to the Photostream when they are saved to the iPad Camera Roll. This applies to images edited on the iPhone as well, I often do quick edits during the day to upload to Instagram on-the-spot.

Before I go to sleep I make sure the iPad is plugged in and “awake” (I’m probably using it as a bedside clock anyway) so that it can keep pumping images upstream. Once the local copy is moved up to an Apple server it is effectively backed up—at least for the moment. Photostream only backs up your 1000 most recent photos so if you’re a prolific shooter, you’ll need to take further precautions.

Back at home my MacBook Pro is running three applications. I shut everything else off while I’m away to avoid potential system conflicts. Aperture automatically imports the photos from my Photostream into my photo library. *SuperDuper!* performs a twice-daily backup to an external hard disk. Crashplan continuously backs up all of my files to their servers, providing offsite backup.

If I’m running low on camera card storage, I can check the status of the files on my Crashplan backup remotely using their iOS app to confirm that it’s safe to reformat a card. I can also check the status of the Aperture library & SuperDuper! by logging into my home computer using Remote. (I now realize that run four applications while I’m away—there’s a helper app for Remote.)

By logginUsing the Crashplan app on the iPad I confirm that this image is in my Aperture library back home and is also safely archived offsite.

Now that my RAW photos are safely backed up, it’s time to work some post production magic. I’ll cover some of my favorite photo apps in my next post, Digital darkroom.

App Store’s Amazing Productivity Apps promotion


Apple has started a limited time only promotion for select iOS productivity apps, including several apps that I use and highly recommend, such Notability, Scanner Pro, and PDF Expert 5. The sale takes at least 50% off and some of the apps are down to $0.99. If any of these apps interest you, now is a good time to pick them up.

Apps on sale include:

Clear for $1.99 (down from $4.99)
Notability for $1.99 (down from $4.99)
MindNode for $4.99 (down from $9.99)
Scanner Pro by Readdle for $2.99 (down from $6.99)
Fantastical 2 for iPhone for $4.99 (down from $9.99)
Launch Center Pro for $1.99 (down from $4.99)
Boxer for $4.99 (down from $9.99)
Prizmo for $2.99 (down from $9.99)
Tydlig – Calculator Reimagined for $0.99 (down from $2.99)
iTranslate Voice for $1.99 (down from $4.99)
Writer Pro for $4.99 (down from $19.99)
Grafio for $3.99 (down from $8.99)
PDF Expert 5 for $4.99 (down from $9.99)
PCalc for $4.99 (down from $9.99)
Gneo for $3.99 (down from $9.99)
Due for $1.99 (down from $4.99)
Todo for $1.99 (down from $4.99)
TextGrabber+ for $6.99 (down from $14.99)
MobileFamilyTree for $6.99 (down from $14.99)
Scanbot for $0.99 (down from $1.99)


Clear by Realmac Software Sale


Clear, a tasks, reminders and to-do list app, is an app that we have talked about at the Mini’app’les meeting on multiple occasions. It is often listed among the best apps in to-do list category. It’s available for OS X and iOS and both are currently on sale. Clear for OS X is usually $10, but is on sale for $5 at the Mac App store. Clear for iOS (and it’s is a universal app) is usually $5, but is on sale for $2. If you are looking for a good task app, this is a good choice.

You can find the OS X version at the Mac App Store and the iOS version at the iTunes App store.

Here is the description for the OS X version:

Clear is the revolutionary to-do and reminders app that makes you more productive. Just start typing to add to-dos, and once you start organizing your life with Clear you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

  • Simple gestural design that allows you to focus on your to-dos. Designed for the Magic Trackpad, but works great with a mouse too!
  • Full keyboard navigation. Just start typing to create to-dos.
  • Use separate lists to organize every aspect of your life.
  • iCloud sync built-in so you can be productive everywhere.
  • Set reminders so you’ll never forget important tasks.
  • Personalize your Clear lists with themes and make them your own.
  • Syncs with Clear for iOS (available separately on the App Store).


Adobe’s guide for moving from Aperture to Lightroom


When Apple announced that Aperture was no longer going to be developed and Photos in 10.10 will replace it, Adobe came and said that it is working on a migration tool for Aperture users. Apple has stated that Photos will offer more features and controls than iPhoto, but if it will meet the needs of Aperture users remains to be seen. Adobe has posted their first guide to the migration process to Lightroom. So if you can’t wait for them to finish the migration tool they are working on, you can follow this guide.

OS X Beta Program available to non-developers


Apple has opened up the beta program for the first million people who download the public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10. Go to this page and sign in with your AppleID. You will need to agree with the terms and then it will load a redemption page with a code on it for the Mac App Store. Clicking on that will load the Mac App Store and start the Yosemite beta download.

You do need to have 10.9 Mavericks running, 2GB of memory, and 8GB of drive space available.

The terms of the agreement state you can talk to other people in the beta or developer program about Yosemite and you can talk about things that Apple has announced, but otherwise you can’t talk to others about the beta.

And if you get stuck with a message in the Mac App Store about the code has already been redeemed, go back to the beta program redemption page and refresh it. It should pull up a new code.

Have fun