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iPad RAW editing with external hard drive.

My dream would be to use the iPad Pro to edit RAW files stored on a lightning USB drive. The ability to read and write to the lightning USB and edit RAW files would be amazing for traveling photographers!

Or to have a wireless hard drive that could be read/write RAW from the iPad!

16 comments on “iPad RAW editing with external hard drive.”

  1. On June 24, 2016 at 3:26 pm Darren Kelly wrote:

    We really need a workflow that allows us to go from iPad to laptop to desktop. I think it would make a great idea

    1. On June 29, 2016 at 5:32 am Graham Twomey Twomey replied:

      Why is it absolutely not needed? What harm is adding functions that others need? Seems like a very odd comment. Please explain.

      1. On June 30, 2017 at 11:59 am doug b replied:

        This is not anywhere near the same thing as being able to pick up from where you were on any device, without the use of silly iCloud Drive. Not unless the work is non-destructive, and also doesn’t create a proprietary file. Even tiff would fail here, because right after you process the RAW file, that’s it. No more RAW file.. Working with jpg, tiff or AFphoto files is garbage after that.

  2. On June 30, 2016 at 8:35 am Alfred Bonk wrote:

    I really would appreciate this feature since lightroom mobile doesn´t have it and at least the iPad Pro is a powerful device to handle that.
    All kinds of workarounds are horrible and bring no solution when you´re shooting raw!

  3. On July 7, 2016 at 2:12 pm Dan Harlacher wrote:

    This isn’t in our short-term plans, over the next couple of years we will re-evaluate this.

    1. On June 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm Thomas Millard replied:

      That is unfortunate, surly if Affinty can put out a full suite for iOS, ON1 can.

      1. On June 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm doug b replied:

        This is not anywhere near the same thing as being able to pick up from where you were on any device, without the use of silly iCloud Drive. Not unless the work is non-destructive, and also doesn’t create a proprietary file. Even tiff would fail here, because right after you process the RAW file, that’s it. No more RAW file.. Working with jpg, tiff or AFphoto files is garbage after that.

        And that is exactly where Affinity Photo is at the moment. They’re in no better a predicament. The closest I’ve seen is Adobe CC, where your files are saved as smart files and can be picked up on an iPad. But PS on the iPad is weak as hell. Real garbage.

  4. On July 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm Carl Spencer wrote:

    Later or shorter, ince it appears I will still need CC for a while, after I do some QND tweeks on my iPad, I really need to make sure that I can import the images and any changes that are in the sidecars/baggage. Preferable without importing into LR and then transferred to On1.

  5. On August 21, 2016 at 11:12 am chrisb89 wrote:

    Why not? Is it complex to work with USB-Sticks all the time? If so, how about using iPad internal storage to process the images and push them onto the USB-Stick afterwards?

  6. On November 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm Clinton wrote:

    I thought this idea was crazy, then I saw Affinity Photo demo a FULL, not Lite, version of Affinity Photo on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil. Holy smokes! It looks absolutely amazing! You work on files stored on iCloud, the files can then be read and modified on any computer; laptop, desktop or iPad. Affinity claims it has the speed of a 12 core mac. I would love to edit my photos with a stylus. Yes, there are Microsoft Surface Pro’s, but consider this, the iPad Pro is half the price and weight with as much capability. It only needs more software developers to buy into the iOS ecosystem. Yeah, I get that you just released Photo Raw for macOS, and currently working on a Windows version. But given the lackluster release of new MacBook Pro’s, the lack of an update to iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Mini for years, and the huge advancements in iOS and the A-series SoC chip, it’s clear Apple is pushing for iOS to take over as the next generation OS. I hate to say it, but ON1 is lucky Affinity is a destructive editor with large file sizes. You can wait to jump into iOS, but just don’t jump in too late or you may find yourself loosing customers to another advance non-destructive editor for the iPad. Last thing you want is the world’s most advanced photo editor for a dying ecosystem.

    1. On June 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm Thomas Millard replied:

      Truer words were never spoken. I am using Affinity right now on my iPad Pro (downloaded it after the official launch at WWDC) and WOW, for a $20.00 app, words elude me! ON1 and Adobe, Affinity may have your number and I love oN1, it is my default editor (when at home), on the road however, it looks as if Affinity will become my editor of choice as I plan on keeping the Macbook Pro at home an making my iPad Pros, cutting down on the amount of gear that I have to haul around. Don’t wait too long on this ON1, Affinity has set the bar. As intimated in the above post, laptops are on the way out, for an advance company and it’s offerings, I am more than a little surprised and disappointed by the seemingly indifferent attitude on this subject, don’t develop that Adobe arrogance and ignore your base.

      1. On June 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm doug b replied:

        I wouldn’t put that much stock into Affinity right now. It’s a love fest and all, but not a very well thought out one. I bout it too, and it’s really nice. But it’s also extremely limited in the real world.

        First off, its RAW processing tools are AWFUL. Highlight and shadow recovery are a joke. I’d sooner use Apple’s Photos before touching AP as such. I’d say the same about contrast and sharpening. Just terrible algorithms. Which brings me to the main point:

        None of that would matter if the workflow wasn’t destructive. But it is Blanche, it is! So what does that mean? It means that once you hit develop, you’re done, essentially. Sure, you can still clone stamp and heal and retouch skin, but why bother, if the rest of the image looks like garbage?

        Here’s the scenario that I think most would want to see: I just finished a wedding/event/head shot session. I’m winding down, culling photos that were imported to the iPad via camera connection kit. Cool. Unfortunately, that took a while because the Photos app stinks, and keywording/favoriting is pretty blah. But I digress. I’m on the bus or in the car home *not driving* and I start working on a photo.

        I do basic RAW adjustments: Color, temperature, contrast etc etc.. And then I realize that.. ew. These photos look like ass because of how useless AP’s RAW processing engine is. Now what? Well, even if I did export it, it would no longer be a RAW photo, so I can’t even bring it into On1 at that point. What WOULD be great, is if it was non-destructive, and used a side-car type file that was universal. And of course, not be a crappy dng file!

        Because if I had my way, I’d do the skin retouching, cloning/stamping first, and THEN do the RAW adjustments. That is, unless Affinity finally gets it right. And if they do, then.. Well, bye bye On1 I guess? Right? Maybe? I dunno, to be honest.

        I just don’t see how this is going to happen right now.

  7. On July 20, 2018 at 4:57 pm bob madison wrote:

    Now a year later. Any development in the works? I was going to buy a new 2018 MacBook pro but have decided to keep using my iPad. Please bring On1 to iOS.

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