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Portfolio for iPad App Review (Podcast 585)

This week I'm going to tell you all about Portfolio for iPad, an app that I've just started using to display my portfolios in, and I'm mostly very impressed with.  For a number of years, I used an app called Foliobook to share my portfolios on my iPad and I was...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Nath
    Posted at 06:46h, 05 December Reply

    Thanks Martin, I was considering to change to foliobook as find the portfolio editor abut cumbersome but never considered the auto sync option which looks like the idea solution! So will be giving it another go,

    Thank you

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:53h, 05 December Reply

      Having used Foliobook for a few years, I did find the Portfolio editor a bit cumbersome, but for me, that auto-sync pretty much trumps everything. I’m about to create a Morocco portfolio, and knowing that all I have to do is save my images to a new folder in Dropbox then arrange the order in the Portfolio app is great. It’s a real time-saver.

      I hope you find it useful too.


  • Ricardo Gomez
    Posted at 00:45h, 18 February Reply

    Good review and article. I was thinking of switching from Foliobook as I find it a bit clunky. Surprised no one has a much better app than either of these two choices. Synchronization isn’t that important to me so I’ll stick with Foliobook.

  • Paul Freeman
    Posted at 20:47h, 26 September Reply

    I am the developer of Foliobook and found this an interesting and fair review. I would correct one point, there is some metadata display within Folibook, but it’s currently somewhat limited and a little prone to bugs. I’ll put this on my ‘to think about list’ as I’m doing more work with metadata and can improve it.

    Interestingly we did used to support Dropbox sync until 2018, so in fact when this article was written Dropbox sync was still in place. Then in 2018 when Dropbox replaced their sync API, I had to completely rewrite the Dropbox integration and experimentally I left the automatic sync part out as it was complex to add back in. Few if any people complained that I’d removed it! Now I realise that many people may not have realised it was even there despite the fact there was a button with the word ‘sync’ written on it in the Dropbox picker. Another reason for its removal was that many users with less sophisticated needs were accidentally synching when they did not need that capability, then they were confused when they could not edit their gallery because they were ‘slaved’ to Dropbox.

    Anyhow, after a period of illness I’ve spent much of the summer replacing ageing parts of Foliobook and have just released an update, It still does not sync with Dropbox, however there are some changes coming to a spanking new version that I hope to have out later in the year that will make adding and managing images easier without the complexity of syncing… there is a much more intuitive solution. watch this space.

    The other objective I have is to remove the ‘clunkiness’ that some refer to. It really comes down to time, making a really slick app takes the most incredible amount of effort. I know what makes a good Apple app, but getting there is hard with only a part of a person available to do the work. Nevertheless there are efforts on the way to make the app work as slickly as an Apple product with the goal that this should be achieved in the next six months.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:18h, 27 September Reply

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I cannot find the paragraph above where I said that Foliobook did not have Dropbox sync, and your mentioning the Slave mode seems familiar, so I think I was using it. If I did say anywhere above that Foliobook doesn’t have Dropbox sync I honestly don’t recall why. Likewise for the EXIF data. If it was buggy, that may have been cause for me to just say it was not available. I don’t recall I’m afraid.

      Improved EXIF data display would be great and if you could drop me a line when you release your update with a different kind of image management, I’d love to review it for you and release an update, which I would link to this review as well. Please keep me posted.

      I do understand the amount of effort that goes into these things. A few summers ago I taught myself to program for iOS and created my own app, so I know that this stuff takes a lot of time. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been ill too. I hope all is well now and look forward to seeing your updates.


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