Actually, I should say that I did find that mobile application for my iPad and it called Photosmith by C² Enterprises.
I just completed my first end-to-end workflow and I would like to share some notes. Hot off the stove :-).
First of all, the word “completed” is important here as I was never able to sync my pictures on the iPad with Aperture or the Image Capture utility. The process would always time out and I had to resort to importing from the SD card as a workaround.
The draw back of this workaround is that I would re-import all the pictures that I had deleted on my iPad. So, all those pics would need to be rejected once again. Not fun.
This must be a very local issue to my setup but I never managed to resolve it although I submitted this issue on the Apple support forum.
So, yes, the end-to-end workflow was completed.
A little more tedious than I hoped for but nevertheless workable. These limitations are not all Photosmith’s fault due to limitations from the iPad API.
Here’s the workflow that I used:
- Import photos in the iPad,s Photo app with the Camera Connector Kit (CCK);
- Open Photosmith and import photos (note that just a thumbnail is created while the full RAW file stays in the Photo app);
- In Photosmith, reject pictures, apply ratings, add keywords and create Collections (Lightroom style albums);
- Connect iPad to Mac (or PC) and, using Lightroom, import pictures (this method allows you to leverage LR’s powerful import function);
- After import and while the iPad is still connected, launch the Photosmith and click on the Sync button;
- From LR, launch the (previously downloaded and installed) Photosmith plugin to sync metadata (rating, keywords) and Collections;
- Back in the iPad Photo app, delete Last Imported album;
- Photosmith will (should actually) detect deleted photos and erase its thumbnails.