This last Sunday at the computer club I attend there was a demostration of the ASUS tablet. Did I like it? Yes. Would I buy one? No. Why? I’ll tell you why.
First I need to explain how I would use the tablet. It would be in the field. I would load images onto the tablets storage space. From there I would decide on images for immediate use and then do some basic editing before sending them onto the Internet or to be printed. All the images would later be exported to a computer for archival storage and get imported to the full version of Lightroom. I would like to be able to import the images from the tablet directly into Lightroom on my primary computer.
There is no professional image software. Something along the lines of Adobe Lightroom. In fact Adobe image software for the apple tablets is just for users of the iPad or iPhone camera.
If you are familiar with Lightroom you can get a general idea of what is required in image management. In short the functionality of the Library, Develop, and Print modules but with reduced capability.
What I would need is the ability to Import images from a camera and rename and store them locally. I’m not sure collections is needed. Maybe one or two hardwired into the program for selecting the best images. Keywords are not needed because all the images will eventually be stored at a permanent location. Metadata is required for exporting. And finally Export with Presets.
Editing: To be able to crop and do as many corrective abilities they can cram into a tablet app.
Print: I’m not sure if printing is important but some printing abilities would be helpful.
Can it be done on a tablet? That’s for the professional app developers to answer. I sure hope so.
Searching through the Android Market web site I found only amateur apps and nothing closely resembling a good productivity tool.
Can Adobe deliver on such an app? I would hope so. But until they or someone else develops a professional management app for Andriod tablet it will be the heavy laptop with the full version of Lightroom that goes into the field.
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