Addendum: Image Editing on the iPad 3

With regard to what seems to be a OS limit on file size, I think I’ve figured out why. The iPad utilizes a version (v3.2) of the operating system designed primarily for the iPhone (currently v3.1.2). The maximum image size limit is the same as the resolution of the camera in the iPhone 3GS. If they are indeed tied (the iPhone OS is hardcoded to be limited to the resolution of the embedded iPhone camera), this is both good and bad news. Considering that the upcoming iPhone 4G will most likely have a better camera (8MP according to current rumors), then with v4 of the OS I should be able to edit larger image files. The problem is that there will still be a hard limit smaller then the image files I wasn’t to edit (8MP versus 12MP).

Oh, well. Here are some more studio photos edited on the iPad, then uploaded into my Flickr photostream using their free iPhone app, because they don’t have an iPad version yet. :(

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.

  • Mel Snyder

    I’ve discovered a major bug in Photogene under OS 4.2 for the iPad – it reads the thumbnail jpeg embedded in a NIkon NEF file instead if the actual RAW image file. This renders an otherwise outstanding program useless to me. I have attempted to contact the publisher at mobile-pond but without success. Any suggestions on converting NEF to jpeg or a less capable but workable under OS 4.2 alternative to Photogene for the iPad will be welcomed.

  • Brian

    Are you sure that’s the case? No matter what the image type (even PNG), IOS can only save as new file and only as a JPEG. Photogene may be opening the RAW file but the OS is only capable of saving any edits as a new JPEG file.

  • Brian

    I just realized something else. Nikon has changed it’s RAW file format in newer cameras. Not even the current version of Lightroom (3.2) can process them.

    That might also be the issue, in which case you may have to wait 3 weeks for IOS 4.3.