iPad Pro 2017 12.9... anyone use for editing?

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with two small children it's hard for me to escape upstairs to my office to work on photos on my Mac .... was looking at some reviews for the new iPad. Has anyone here had any experience with the iPad Pro? Looks like it's pretty fast. I know I have a stand alone version of Lightroom so I would not be able to use the creative cloud. No big deal to me. The affinity photo app looks promising. Any help to sway me either way would be appreciated.
 

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Only kiddin' Kev. :biggrin:
 

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I have the 9.7" iPad Pro, and with the Pencil and Affinity Photo it is a full-featured raw processing and image editing tool. I actually prefer Photo to the iPad version of Lightroom, though it still has some shortcomings. Most notably: lens profiles and batch processing. And it's also still a little buggy as well, though a lot better than the original release.

The Pencil is what makes the big difference for me. Being able to rest the palm of my hand on the screen while editing makes it much easier and more natural to work with than any other stylus. And I bet that would be even more important on the bigger screen of the 12.9" iPad Pro.

While traveling, I can get the results I want with the iPad Pro and Pencil, and they have made bringing along a laptop unnecessary for me.
 

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Is it cumbersome to transfer back the edited images to say an external HD so your not bogging down the iPad memory? Can you use air drop to your Mac?
 

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It is a little cumbersome. Though with 128GB of on my iPad Pro, short-term storage has never been an issue for me. And with the upcoming iOS 11, with its new file system, transferring images may be less onerous. Right now iCloud and DropBox transfers work well.
 

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Thank for the post, Kevin and for sharing the video, Nick. This is extremely timely for me. I have been thinking about upgrading my iPad for a couple of weeks now. Photo editing is only a small part of what I would do with it on the go, but since I don't have a laptop and have been carrying a wireless hard drive with me when I travel to backup photos, the iPad could be a great option. Big issue for me is whether to go with the 10.5 or the 12.9 version. The big screen is great, but since I spend a lot of commuting time, I have always liked the idea of something smaller.

David, have you found the 9.7" limiting in any way?
 

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Well thanks guys! I just picked up the 12.9 wifi 512 and the pencil. I'll be giving my review as soon as I receive the SD card reader!
 

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Btw, the 12.9 seems to be a great size for editing. The regular seemed good but my hands are rather large for editing on a smaller screen. I tried both out at the local store.
 

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Btw, the 12.9 seems to be a great size for editing. The regular seemed good but my hands are rather large for editing on a smaller screen. I tried both out at the local store.
Yep, iPad size is definitely a matter of personal preference. I picked up a 10.5" iPad Pro back at the beginning of July (along with a new iMac... boy, I've been spending a lot lately... sorry). I've always had 9.7" iPads, but Jennifer got one of the first generation 12.9" iPad Pros when they came out almost two years ago now. She has some farsightedness issues and wanted the biggest screen possible for reading and browsing. I liked the Pencil, which she got but didn't really use, so I've been itching to get a 9-10 inch sized iPad Pro since last year and a little "18 months no interest financing" made the decision easy. ;)
When they announced Affinity Photo for iPad, I knew it was worth a try. I haven't given it much of a test yet, but am looking forward to it.
 

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Is it cumbersome to transfer back the edited images to say an external HD so your not bogging down the iPad memory? Can you use air drop to your Mac?
You should be able to AirDrop to your Mac from a new iPad as long as the Mac is on El Capitan or Sierra and is a relatively new Mac, at least 2013 or newer, I believe.
 

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A little, and that 10.5" is tempting. But life is full of trade offs, and as much as I'd enjoy the extra screen real estate of the 12.9", I just can't see putting it in the panniers of my motorcycle. :eek:
That would be difficult. :) I'm really torn. At first I was opposed to the idea of a 12.9 inch because I thought it would be too big to carry around day to day, but it's really not much heavier and I take a train to work, so I guess it's not that big of a deal. Also, in addition to all of the typical things and my proposed use for photo editing on the go, I use my iPad as a screen to hold sheet music and a larger screen would be very nice for that. Hmm. Maybe a 12.9 " plus an iPad mini? :)

Kevin, congrats. Interested to hear how you like it.
 

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That would be difficult. :) I'm really torn. At first I was opposed to the idea of a 12.9 inch because I thought it would be too big to carry around day to day, but it's really not much heavier and I take a train to work, so I guess it's not that big of a deal. Also, in addition to all of the typical things and my proposed use for photo editing on the go, I use my iPad as a screen to hold sheet music and a larger screen would be very nice for that. Hmm. Maybe a 12.9 " plus an iPad mini? :)

Kevin, congrats. Interested to hear how you like it.
While I did say that size is a matter of personal preference, not to mention usage and needs, I must say I'm not sure I'd want to carry and use a 12.9" on a train (if by train we are talking about the subway or other similar commuter train). My better-half has a 12.9" and while she does occasionally carry her iPad in on the subway, since getting the 12.9" she has done that less frequently, using her iPhone Plus instead for reading while riding.

P.S> - Did I mention I am really liking the overall size of the 10.5"? It seems to be a slight but noticeable upgrade from 9.7" - not too much bigger, but enough to make some uses a little bit better.
 

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You should be able to AirDrop to your Mac from a new iPad as long as the Mac is on El Capitan or Sierra and is a relatively new Mac, at least 2013 or newer, I believe.
I do have a Mac mini and it does support air drop, didn't know if it shrunk file sizes down durring transfer or if everything was kept original
 

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While I did say that size is a matter of personal preference, not to mention usage and needs, I must say I'm not sure I'd want to carry and use a 12.9" on a train (if by train we are talking about the subway or other similar commuter train). My better-half has a 12.9" and while she does occasionally carry her iPad in on the subway, since getting the 12.9" she has done that less frequently, using her iPhone Plus instead for reading while riding.

P.S> - Did I mention I am really liking the overall size of the 10.5"? It seems to be a slight but noticeable upgrade from 9.7" - not too much bigger, but enough to make some uses a little bit better.
That's helpful to know. By train, I mean commuter train (more like the MARC and VRE, I would imagine) as well as the subway (although I don't ever take my iPad out of my bag when on the subway). The 10.5 inch does seem like a good compromise, a little extra size but not really a change to the overall form factor which, if I'm being honest with myself, is really about as large as I would want for the majority of what I do with the iPad. There are just a couple of things that a larger screen would be nicer for, and I do wonder a little what the new iOS 11 features (multitasking and file managament, particularly) will be like on it vs the larger screen.
 

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