Photosmith for iPad natively supports the wireless import of photos from both the older Eye-Fi X2 (Section 188.8.131.52) and the newer Eye-Fi Mobi (Section 184.108.40.206) 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.
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.