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Workflow from IPad to desktop

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  • Martin Knowles

    I'm working on the iPad as a capture/first-line-edit-and-sort device, and then copying down to an SSD to use on desktop. It works pretty well.

    I use an external SSD (Plugable's 2TB Thunderbolt 3, but anything will do) where I've created a blank session from C1 Pro on the SSD (and don't touch it except to upgrade it when C1 versions upgrade). Then, I've got two iOS Shortcuts--one for files and one for folders (since C1 will dump a folder when you export >200 images or so, rather than a set of files) that asks for a new session name, copies the blank session, and then saves all the files into the Capture folder in the new session.

    To use it, I select everything I want to export (usually an album's worth of stuff), hit Export, choose either EIP (if I've done any edits I care about on mobile) or Originals, and then when the share sheet pops up, the shortcut I made does as well. C1 exports, the shortcut runs, and voila...session full of images, done fast. The previews of course have to be rebuilt on desktop, but that's a quick process on a decent machine.

    As for applying the edits on a layer rather than on the background, C1 now (finally, about bloody time--I was using another homemade script for this before) allows you to hit the down-arrow next to + on the Layers tab and do 'Move background adjustments to new layer'. So, if you're exporting EIPs rather than originals, this is an option you (somewhat tediously) do have.

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  • Martin Knowles

    This script is customized for my workflow ('Angus' is the volume name of the SSD, 'blank-session' is the blank session folder, and everything goes into 'Photos Waiting' until I start dealing with it), but this should give you a rough idea as to what to do.

    Would be nice if C1 Mobile had an 'Export to session' button. I've strongly considered building my own more robust version of the above script, but that's going to require me learning Swift/ObjC and a whole new development environment. Maybe after my busy photo season ends...but maybe by then, C1 will actually get on with it and implement it so I don't have to. I'd prefer they implement live preview first, but as the Polish saying goes: not my circus, not my monkeys. ;-)

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  • Ira Potter

    Martin, thank you so much for that, I will definitely give that a go, Thanks again, Ira.

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  • Okito

    That was useful! I'm programmer but I did never use Shortcuts. You opening my mind to new things, ty!

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