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Organising photos using iPad

mdpontin 14 6.0k Scotland
5 Jan 2013 3:16PM
I'm trying to find out to what extent an iPad alone (i.e. not supplemented by a laptop/desktop computer) could be used to organise, index, sort, catalogue, etc. digital photos. The purpose of this is to assist a member of my family who has had no previous experience with computers, and has no desire to be exposed to the potential complexities that are inherent in something as powerful and flexible as a traditional computer. In addition, she is also registered as partially sighted.

At present, all of her photos are transferred to CD by a neighbour, but this leaves her with no way to find specific pictures (other than by painstakingly viewing all photos until she finds the one she wants), or to put together a slideshow (other than by simply showing all of the photos on a CD). What's needed is something which can allow metadata editing to add descriptions and keywords, as well as providing a means of comparing similar photos. She's unlikely to be interested in image editing - although I realise this is likely to be a feature of suitable apps - and will probably use something like Dropbox for backup and longer term storage.

I expect some kind of web-based service might do what's needed - I don't know as I've never used anything of that kind myself - but I think it would be preferable to keep the majority of the functionality on the local device in this case.

I found Mobile Pond's Photogene for iPad , which looks as though it might just be a possibility. I was wondering if anybody on ePHOTOzine can offer suggestions or advice.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 4:07PM
I don't have an iPad but would Picasa help?
KONIN 7 254 England
5 Jan 2013 4:19PM
hi,look on the app store under photography you will find loads of apps for that.
mdpontin 14 6.0k Scotland
5 Jan 2013 6:28PM
Malcolm, I don't think so from the little I know about Picasa.
Stuart, yes, but I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations.

User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:35PM
Get the neighbour to upload the photos to a photo-sharing site instead of burning them to CD, probably easier than getting them onto the iPad.

Picasa web albums, Flickr etc all offer good organisational features and there's tutorial videos and user forums for the How-Tos.

They can automatically produce slideshows of certain people, certain dates etc. Also other people, like yourself, can log in and help with the organising.
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:39PM
mdpontin 14 6.0k Scotland
5 Jan 2013 10:19PM
Thanks Chris. I'm not ruling it out, I just feel that it's unlikely to appeal to her. She has no past experience with computers, and also no familiarity with web-based services either. I think the concept is likely to be just a bit too alien. Also she'd be very unlikely to be interested in sharing her photos online. Until switching to digital photography, the idea would have been to put together a short slideshow (with real slides!) for when a few members of the family were visiting. The direct social interaction is still important.
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 8:23PM
If she can learn a native app I feel sure she could learn a web app

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