3.6.1 Eye-Fi (Import Configuration) *

Photosmith for iPad natively supports the wireless import of photos from both the older Eye-Fi X2 (Section 3.6.1.2) and the newer Eye-Fi Mobi (Section 3.6.1.1) models of Secure Digital (SDHC) cards.  The instructions for configuring each model of card are very different, and we have separated our instructions for Eye-Fi into two parts.

Note: We strongly recommend the Eye-Fi Mobi card, as it is much easier to configure, and is far less prone to issues.

Initial configuration of the older X2 Eye-Fi cards is much more difficult, and our instructions are provided as-is.  We unfortunately cannot provide support for Eye-Fi X2 cards, as the configuration can sometimes be that difficult, depending on your level of skill with technology and your computer and networking systems.

Native Support


When we say that Photosmith offers “native” support for Eye-Fi, that means Photosmith will import from an Eye-Fi card without requiring any additional "helper" apps, such as the official Eye-Fi app, or ShutterSnitch.

New in Photosmith 3, the Eye-Fi service can optionally listen for new photos in the background  while another app is active for up to three minutes after you exit Photosmith - this time limit is imposed by Apple.  While Photosmith is in the background, you will receive a message via iOS’ Notification Center upon receiving each new photo file via Eye-Fi.  You will also receive a Notification Center message when Photosmith has been in the background for two minutes and thirty seconds.  This is a reminder that you should momentarily switch back to Photosmith to restart the three minute clock.  This is a limit imposed by Apple, we wish we had the ability for our Eye-Fi listener service to remain persistent in the background.

Hardware & Software


On the hardware side, Eye-Fi is a Secure Digital (SDHC) memory card with a tiny Wi-Fi radio built into the card. Cameras which can accept a SDHC memory card, including Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 dSLR's, support Eye-Fi cards.

For a comprehensive list of digital cameras that support an Eye-Fi card, please visit the camera compatibility list maintained by Eye-Fi: http://support.eye.fi/cameras

Photos sent wirelessly from an Eye-Fi card can be received by software running all major operating systems, including iOS.  Due to Photosmith's native Eye-Fi compatibility, we're the only iPad app you need for wireless photo import from Eye-fi!  In fact - you cannot use Eye-Fi's app for photo transfer, as the filename won't be correct.  You must use Photosmith to receive photos via Eye-Fi to preserve photo filenames.

Battery Life Caveat


When using an Eye-Fi card in your digital camera, battery life can be significantly impacted, due to the Wi-Fi radio that is inside the card.  Use with due caution, and always carry a charged spare battery.  While the technology used by Eye-Fi is incredibly useful, it's worthless if you're in the middle of a shoot with a dead camera battery and no spare. Always keep an eye on your camera's battery meter whenever an Eye-Fi card is in your camera. Or, better yet, always carry a spare.

3. Using the Photosmith for iPad App

  1. 3. Using the Photosmith App
  2. 3.1 Interface Overview
  3. 3.1.1 Grid View
  4. 3.1.2 Loupe View
  5. 3.1.3 Fullscreen View
  6. 3.2 QuickTag Bar
  7. 3.2.1 Photo Rotation
  8. 3.2.2 Color Labels
  9. 3.2.3 Star Ratings
  10. 3.2.4 Flags (Pick/Reject)
  11. 3.2.5 Deleting Photos in Photosmith
  12. 3.2.6 Deleting Many Photos at Once in Photos.app in iOS 7
  13. 3.3 Catalog Mode
  14. 3.3.1 Importing Photos into Photosmith
  15. 3.3.1.1 Importing Photos into Photosmith from iPad Albums / Camera Roll
  16. 3.3.1.2 Importing & Exporting Photos Using iTunes
  17. 3.3.2 Sync with Lightroom
  18. 3.3.3 Collections
  19. 3.3.3.1 Photosmith Collections
  20. 3.3.3.2 User Collections *
  21. 3.3.4 Activity Center
  22. 3.3.5 Filters Bar
  23. 3.3.5.1 Filters
  24. 3.3.5.2 Sort
  25. 3.3.5.3 Smart Groups
  26. 3.3.5.4 All, Invert, None
  27. 3.4 (Metadata) Tagging Mode
  28. 3.4.1 Adding & Editing Metadata in Tagging Mode
  29. 3.4.2 Adding, Editing & Deleting Keywords *
  30. 3.4.3 Adding, Editing & Deleting Metadata Presets *
  31. 3.5 Export Mode
  32. 3.5.1 Export to Dropbox *
  33. 3.5.2 Export to Facebook *
  34. 3.5.3 Export to Flickr *
  35. 3.5.4 Export to Email *
  36. 3.5.5 Export to iPad Album *
  37. 3.5.6 Export via PhotoCopy *
  38. 3.5.7 XMP Export *
  39. 3.6 Dashboard Mode, Photosmith Version, IP Address & Sync Port
  40. 3.6.1 Eye-Fi (Import Configuration) *
  41. 3.6.1.1 Eye-Fi Mobi
  42. 3.6.1.2 Eye-Fi X2
  43. 3.6.2 FTP Server (Import Configuration) *
  44. 3.6.3 Lightroom (Sync Configuration) *
  45. 3.6.4 Convert Links (Tools)
  46. 3.6.5 Maintenance (Tools) *
  47. 3.6.6 Diagnostics (Tools) *
  48. 3.6.7 Welcome Wizard (Help)
  49. 3.6.8 Knowledge Base (Help)
  50. 3.6.9 Ideas & Suggestions (Feedback)
  51. 3.6.10 Contact Us (Feedback)
  52. 3.6.11 Love Photosmith? (Feedback)

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