iPad For Transmitting Breaking News Photos, Revisited

A couple of months ago I wrote about using Apple’s iPad to edit and transmit photos from the field. There were a lot of problems that came up in the editing process for adding cutlines (captions, for you non-journalism types) to photos before sending them to a publication. The problem was at the time you couldn’t edit IPTC or meta data at all. Well it looks like all of that is finally changing.

Filterstorm 2, an updated version of the photo editing app of the same name has listened to photographers and added a ton of features. Among these features are the ability to adjust curves, color correct, reduce noise, sharpen and (are you ready for it?!?!) edit meta data and FTP an image directly from the app! This eliminates the cumbersome work-flow problems of downloading, editing, saving, opening email, writing a caption in the email, and well…you get the idea. It’s not a complete solution though. The photos will be sent to the publication with the cutline information but due to Apple’s restrictions on the architecture of apps, the images won’t be saved on the iPad with the updated meta data. Bummer. It’s a step in the right direction.

For a full list of the features and a couple of videos, check out filterstorm’s features page. At just $2.99 for a limited time, it looks like a steal for the advanced photo editing ability it adds to the iPad. Now if we could only get Apple to ditch AT$T for a more reliable network, we might have a solution for filing breaking news images from the field that doesn’t involve a laptop.

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