December 12, 2017, 01:34:14 AM

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2017, 08:47:08 AM »
Personally I'd go with the Surface Pro, unless you're tied into the Apple eco-system. Spec wise and also ability wise Surface Pro just out-guns the iPad for most day-to-day tasks and I've compared a SP4 with a iPad Pro and battery life was pretty much a wash when you start adding dongles. With the latest version of both the SP and the iPad Pro the pen is pretty much equal, although I'd wait out for a review on the new SP.

I use a Surface Pro for tethered work and also editing on the move. I also have the dock for when I have access to monitors or TVs (although a Mini DP works just as well I prefer the extra ports).

Also Affinity is now available on Windows.

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2017, 08:47:08 AM »

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2017, 10:06:10 AM »
The 12" MacBook sounds like a good option. They are super lightweight and small. The new ones are probably powerful enough for simple photo editing.
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2017, 10:07:41 AM »
Why not just use a laptop?

Have you ever tried to hold a laptop with one hand ??? An iPad is like an artists sketch pad, not a computer.

I guess I'm lucky to have two hands

The OP has two hands, but no table to set a laptop on. Don't you ever read replies ???

Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 06:27:11 AM »
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2017, 11:23:39 AM »
There are lots of people who use laptops who do not have a proper desk. Fact.

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2017, 12:12:24 PM »
I seriously looked at the Surface pro line because I use 100% windows 10 for the agency I work for but mac running my photography business. So i use both on a day to day basis.

They are super things I love the concept. I just dont think they are quite there maybe a couple more generations will crack it. Once you spec the machine up with some decent storage and cpu add the pen and the keyboard you are well into the apple tax bracket. Unless you get the base line models or the core M but again they are so poorly optimised they dont run anywhere near as fast as the macbook for certain tasks. Specs on paper look amazing tho, not keen on the detachable keyboards they arent that comfortable to type on.

The tablet/laptop thing... I dont think it works. For example the surface pro isnt a very nice machine to hold as a tablet. Its quite heavy, thick and angular and the kick stand isnt much use unless you have a table to set it on. Its not stable on your lap just like an ipad and smart cover. Other than that I really liked it just didnt want to pay that for a windows machine. Unlike the apple products they dont hold their value in the same way, so if your like me and upgrade every 2-3 years you might need a little more to upgrade.

Onto the surface book, the hinge is cool but a stupid design. Have you tried using the touch screen while docked? The screen wobbles back and forward you certainly cant use it with a pen while attached to the keyboard then you loose all the battery and power option. Then theres the price of these things, crazy.

The new ipad pro with its 2x 3 core processors is also faster than all we have spoke about it outguns even i7s you just cant use it in the same way as pro apps dont exist. Maybe next generation of IOS apple might start to make the ipad more of a computer. It needs a new OS specific to the ipad instead of a sharing the same thing with the iPhone.

TBH there isnt really a perfect hybrid yet but I feel its coming. But there are hundreds of good laptops that have a very small footprint but pack a punch. The dell XPS is also a great laptop you can buy it in lots of sizes and has the touch screen option with a much better hinge.
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2017, 01:11:15 PM »
I seriously looked at the Surface pro line because I use 100% windows 10 for the agency I work for but mac running my photography business. So i use both on a day to day basis.

Here's the latest specs between the two latest tablets:

http://www.macworld.co.uk/review/ipad/ipad-pro-129-vs-surface-pro-5-3659485/

There's very little difference in size/weight. So it really comes down to which version of the Surface Pro you're using, I use the SP4 with no issues with regards to weight/size and have used it in location on my lap to type up/write documents and tag images whilst tethering. The newer keyboards are pretty good since SP4 gen and on par with the Logitech/Apple keyboards with people preferring the MS SP keyboards in many cases and if you didn't like them you can use a normal keyboard at a desk.

There's no way an ARM CPU is faster than a full fat i7 processor except when you run specialist tasks that utilises the specialist cores in the A series CPU. The latest Surface Pro uses full mobile i5/i7s in the device not the special low-power except in the entry level M3. Geekbench marks aren't x-platform comparable which is what most people show. Also the A series CPU isn't really designed for heavy duty multi-tasking nor does the iPad come with sufficient RAM to do so (yes it can, but it's limited compared to the SP series).

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2017, 03:37:58 PM »
I seriously looked at the Surface pro line because I use 100% windows 10 for the agency I work for but mac running my photography business. So i use both on a day to day basis.

Here's the latest specs between the two latest tablets:

http://www.macworld.co.uk/review/ipad/ipad-pro-129-vs-surface-pro-5-3659485/

There's very little difference in size/weight. So it really comes down to which version of the Surface Pro you're using, I use the SP4 with no issues with regards to weight/size and have used it in location on my lap to type up/write documents and tag images whilst tethering. The newer keyboards are pretty good since SP4 gen and on par with the Logitech/Apple keyboards with people preferring the MS SP keyboards in many cases and if you didn't like them you can use a normal keyboard at a desk.

There's no way an ARM CPU is faster than a full fat i7 processor except when you run specialist tasks that utilises the specialist cores in the A series CPU. The latest Surface Pro uses full mobile i5/i7s in the device not the special low-power except in the entry level M3. Geekbench marks aren't x-platform comparable which is what most people show. Also the A series CPU isn't really designed for heavy duty multi-tasking nor does the iPad come with sufficient RAM to do so (yes it can, but it's limited compared to the SP series).

Have a look at the benchmarks think you underestimate its power. Its just you can't utilise it in anything high end creative on the iPad.

Heres a snippet from this review

"The result is a tablet that beats most Windows laptops on the Geekbench 4 benchmark, which measures overall performance. The iPad Pro scored a crazy-high 9,233 on the multi-core portion of the test. That's more than double the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet with a Snapdragon 820 chip. More impressive, the iPad Pro's mark is whopping 42 percent faster than the Dell XPS 13 notebook with a 7th-generation Core i5 processor (6,498) and 17 percent faster than a Core i7-powered HP Spectre (7,888)."

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/tablets/apple-ipad-pro-10-5

That is seriously impressive. 9k on a multicore is faster than the 2008 Octo core mac pro.

The 6 core CPU and 12 core GPU combines to create the performance. Granted its not the same as a full desktop OS but you have to admit that is impressive for an iPad...

Thing is non of the adobe products are that well optimised either. Regardless of the spec of your computer lightroom still doesn't run particularly well because its just not well optimised.
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2017, 03:37:58 PM »

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2017, 09:27:01 PM »
Spot on Tom with your latest post. Although I would still suggest looking at a surface pro, just to see if it meets the OPs needs.

And laptops are called laptops for a reason. They don't necessarily need a table. I'm using my 15" rMBP laptop right now on my lap on the couch. If you were using a 12" Macbook you would hardly feel the weight. They are seriously small. If you sprang for the i7 I'm sure the power would be fine. I've never owned one, only tested one so I can't speak too much about it.

Whether you get a SP, MB, or iPad Pro, you'll be spending a lot of money. (Don't buy the lowest CPU option...)
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2017, 09:23:24 AM »
Thank you all for the answers, i really appreciate your feedback. This moving around a lot has really got on my nerve. I went from a desktop with 24" color calibrated monitor to moving 4 places in 3 months. This sucks big time. I'll have a look into the macbook as well, but i still think that from a usability point of view, the tablet+pencil beats the laptop with trackpad, if no desk is available. From the software point of view, there is no doubt that a proper computer is going to be better. Decisions, decisions.....

Edit: also found out that a laptop costs almost twice as much as an iPad Pro. No doubt it's a better machine, but 1600€ is starting to be a bit steep for the intended purpose....
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2017, 02:41:58 PM »
Giga, if you do go the iPad pro route, get a new one (they launch today). Then when iOS 11 comes out you will be ready for it with the latest hardware. Read up on iOS 11, it is supposed to make the ipad more like a computer. https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ios-11/ Especially with files and multitasking.

Affinity for ipad looks nice. With the aforementioned adapter: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJYT2AM/A/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-reader?fnode=91 you should be able to get your SD card images onto the ipad. While I've never used Affinity, I would think it could import photos from many places.
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2017, 12:12:21 PM »


Have a look at the benchmarks think you underestimate its power. Its just you can't utilise it in anything high end creative on the iPad.


And most people buy into the Apple hype, here's why the results aren't comparable:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3006268/tablets/tested-why-the-ipad-pro-really-isnt-as-fast-a-laptop.html

Yes it's for the A9x but the A10 was an incremental update to the processor. In realistic terms it's no match for a core i5 or i7 found in the Surface Pro, and the Surface Pro can handle Hassleblad and PhaseOne XF100 images with aplomb. I know I've edited on them on a Surface, can the iPad claim to do as much and if it can, how much dongles or jiggery pokery will you need to do to make it work?

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »
There are lots of people who use laptops who do not have a proper desk. Fact.

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #27 on: June 19, 2017, 02:43:37 PM »
I have both the iPad pro 12.9" and the 12" MacBook -

I can attest that the 12" MacBook is a lot better than it's specs suggest, and I've done some casual lightroom on it without a problem while on vacation and travelling. It's more than speedy enough, though if you're going through 100's of images then you might find it too slow. The generation just released this month now comes with a 16GB ram option to really future proof it too - But even the older 8GB version I have had no problem with lightroom.

It's also very light and small - More so than the 12" iPad pro, especially if you attach the keyboard case to the pro. It's easy to carry around, and sit at a cafe, outside, or whatever.
You can use the MacBook on your lap, but the small screen size and lap positioning mean that the screen can be a little distant and small. In this case the slightly larger screen of the 12.9" iPad pro being held one handed closer to your face has a distinct advantage if you're mostly using the pen and touchscreen rather than typing. The iPad pro might be too big and unwieldy to hold one handed for longer periods for some people. I'm fine, other would not be.

As for the iPad pro for imagine manipulation - I've not done a huge amount, but I HAVE done some playing around with lightroom mobile synced from my desktop. It's very, very slick, speedy and capable, BUT it seems that it syncs a inferior version of the image called a 'smart preview'. It loses dynamic range and resolution. More than enough for casual edits and a feel for detail, but if you want to crop tight and get a good idea of detail, or if you want to push shadows more than a stop or two, it will completely fall apart. The flip side is that because of these compromises, the sheer performance of previewing and editing images vastly outstrips my 4GHz quad core iMac desktop... soooo, take it as you will.
There doesn't seem to be a way (that I could find) to use adobe cloud to sync full RAW from desktop to mobile - You'll need to manually import the RAW photos in to your iPad photo library using other tools or dongles, and go from there. Once you have a RAW on the iPad, Lightroom mobile will edit it - I just haven't done so, so I can't speak for performance yet. (but I will soon just to satisfy my own curiosity.)




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Re: iPad Pro workflow
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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2017, 06:51:18 PM »
Wow. Affinity rocks editing RAW on the iPad Pro. It's very fast, with none of the lightroom limitations on detail and dynamic range. I did not expect it to be quite so zippy. After a few seconds to load an image, it's great. Not great for library management as it takes a while to load each photo, but when it's loaded, it's very fast to edit and see changes live as they occur.

I'm pretty impressed. Haven't played enough to see how good a product Affinity is in general, but all the basic tools that I use 90% of the time are there (YMMV).

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Re: iPad Pro workflow
« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2017, 06:51:18 PM »