Federico Viticci at Macstories writes about a very interesting change in Apple’s latest iPhoto 2.0 app for iPhone and iPad. In the first version of iPhoto for iOS, images you edit stay in iPhoto unless you explicitly share them back to the Camera Roll. This situation applies to other applications, too, due to the sandboxing security architecture that keeps apps separated in their own virtual workspaces.
iPhoto 2.0, however, manages to tunnel under the sandbox walls and updates edited photos in the Camera Roll without any additional export step. If you view the image in the Photos app and tap the Edit button, you can edit the original.
In another great move, you can now delete photos from the Camera Roll from within iPhoto: Tap the More button (which looks like an outlined ellipses … ) in the bottom-right corner and choose Delete. There’s also an option to hide a photo from view in iPhoto there.
Go read Federico’s article for more details. Currently this functionality doesn’t seem to be accessible by third-party developers, but I’m hoping it doesn’t stay Apple-only.
Apple just opened the floodgates of its product releases, announcing new iPads, iLife apps, MacBook Pros, and the Mac Pro. (Oh, and OS X Mavericks, which is available now and free; my OS X Mavericks book is being printed now!)
For photographers, the new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini are really exciting. The iPad Air replaces the fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad and is lighter and thinner—both welcome improvements! The Retina iPad mini will appeal to photographers who want great image quality in the smallest form factor (although the new iPad mini is a hair thicker and heavier—0.73 lb. vs 0.68 lb.—than the regular iPad mini). But I’m going for the iPad Air, which weighs just 1.0 lb. and is 0.29 inch thick.
I’m also looking forward to new versions of iPhoto and iMovie for iOS (and on the Mac—Apple has been busy!). I’ll write more once they’re installed. The iLife and iWork apps are now free with the purchase of new devices; updates aren’t yet available as I type this, but they’re supposed to be available today.
From what I can tell, these releases don’t impact the book terribly. iPhoto will look different, and of course now that iOS 7 is out many of the screenshots in the book are likely to be different as well. I wrote about the changes to the Camera and Photos apps for TidBITS: Photos Get Renewed Focus in iOS 7.
More info as I get a chance. It’s suddenly very busy over here!
Hopefully you’re not sick of my voice yet: Chris. Breen invited me to talk iPad and photography on this week’s Macworld Podcast. We also went into some detail about capturing photos with the iPad and iPhone, and looked at the state of the current tech related to photographers using iPads (with speculation of what could come in the future).
I’ve had the great pleasure to do several podcasts and interviews about The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition. Last week I talked to the wonderful David Sparks and Katie Floyd for their Mac Power Users Podcast (listen to the episode here). In it, we talk about all sorts of iPad photography topics, but mostly I’m sure David just wanted some great advice before he left on vacation. (He admits to it several times.) It’s a fun conversation, and I hope you enjoy it!
Last week I had the pleasure to talk to Chuck Joiner for his MacVoices show about The iPad for Photographers. In this discussion, we talk about why the iPad makes a good photographer’s companion and plenty of tools and apps that can help in the field and in the studio. Audio and video versions of the interview are available: MacVoices #13164: Jeff Carlson Talks About The iPad for Photographers.
I’m currently working on the second edition of The iPad for Photographers and would love to get your feedback. What’s missing? What needs more detail? What needs to be jettisoned?
I have my own lists, of course. For example, the next edition will include more detail about working wirelessly, using devices like the CamRanger and CameraMator, and will include the information about iPhoto and Adobe Photoshop Touch that had to appear in an addendum (because the book was literally being printed when Apple announced the third-generation iPad and iPhoto).
The Macworld/iWorld conference is coming up fast this month, where I’ll be giving a presentation about using the iPad in photography (“TT834: The iPad for Photographers: Rate, Tag, Edit, and Publish Photos from the Field”). It’s on Friday, Feb 1 at 2 p.m:
Tired of lugging a laptop on vacation or on location just to manage your photos? The iPad has become the next essential tool for your photo bag. Learn how to import photos from your camera — using the iPad Camera Connection Kit or wirelessly with an Eye-Fi memory card — and work with them on the iPad. Sort the promising shots from the creative accidents, assign ratings, and tag the photos with keywords for import into Lightroom. Edit the ones you’re most excited about using iPhoto and other iOS tools, and then share them online with your friends. The iPad lets you take advantage of all this during moments of downtime, without having to wait until you return to your Mac. Jeff Carlson, frequent Macworld speaker and author of The iPad for Photographers (Peachpit Press), shares his expertise so you can wrangle photos on the iPad without difficulty.
Apple released iTunes 11 today, which sports a revamped interface—and a slightly new way of interacting with iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. Over at TidBITS, I detail what’s new and different: iTunes 11 Thinks Different about iOS Devices.