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This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Sync photos directly to Lightroom with no monthly cloud costs. Organize your photography collection on the go. View and edit IPTC metadata right on your iPad: Star ratings, keywords, location, copyright, and much more. Export to Flickr, Facebook, Dropbox or Email, with all your metadata embedded.

“Photosmith lets you do a lot of the things [that] I think are the most desirable for Lightroom on the iPad.” — Leo Laporte / iPad Today Episode 148

“Got an iPad? Use Adobe Lightroom to organize and mess with your Photos? Then prepare to get excited.” — Charlie Sorrel / Wired

“Photosmith is a solid app. If you’re in that market, and if you think the iPad fits in [your workflow] ... Photosmith totally rocks.” — Matt Kloskowski / The Grid Episode 64

“Ditching superfluous gear is great. Photosmith will lighten your photographic load, iPad- loading pics straight from your camera.” — Sam Biddle / Gizmodo

“For me it means I can meet clients anywhere, and do a shoot review making selects at a place that suits them, but without the theatrics of setting up a computer/laptop.” — Sean McCormack /

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The best time to tag your photos is right after you make them, while your memory is still fresh. Capture thoughts and associate them with your photos on iPad; then later sync everything with your Lightroom catalog, at your convenience.


• Native camera raw processing. The fastest native camera raw processing available on iPad
• View, edit, then sync metadata with Lightroom: Keywords, pick/reject flags, description, location, and much more.
• Touch-optimized keywording.
• Automatic groupings of similar photos with Smart Groups (patent pending)
• Apply metadata individually, in groups, or with user-defined presets
• Sort and filter your photos by flags, stars, color labels, dates and filenames
• Export to Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, email, and iPad Albums
• View JPG and camera raw photos with 200% zoom
• Import photos wirelessly with Eye-Fi and FTP
• Import photos through USB using iTunes
• Very robust and configurable Lightroom sync options, accommodating many digital photography workflows

Photosmith is not an image manipulation tool, and cannot adjust photo exposure, crop, or color temperature. However, you may edit photos using any of the wonderful image editing apps available, then import them right into Photosmith for organizing and storage.

–– Camera File Format Support ––
• JPG: Complete support for both image viewing and metadata
• Native camera raw rendering for the following camera formats: CR2, NEF, ORF, PEF, NRW, SRF, CRW, RAF, RW2, DNG, SRW, RAW, MOS, ERF, MRW, KDC, 3FR, ARW, DC2, DCR, FFF, HDR, K25, KC2, MDC, MEF

* For a comprehensive list of all tested camera raw filetypes, please visit

–– Requirements ––
• iPad 3 or newer strongly recommended
• iOS 5.1 or higher
• Apple® Camera Connection Kit (only needed when importing images directly from your camera or memory card)
• Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom 4.0 or higher
• Photosmith Lightroom plugin --- A free download from
• Wi-Fi connection to your Mac or PC during Lightroom sync

–– Support ––
Photosmith was created by a small team of avid photographers. We take customer feedback very seriously and welcome your interaction and discussion.

While every effort has been made to ensure that Photosmith sync “just works,” you may still have questions. Photosmith offers extensive in-app help, and you may contact us directly from within the app.

We also maintain a User Guide as a PDF and individual Knowledge Base articles - both are at

For a complete list of features and videos, please visit

What's New in Version 3.1.1

v3.1.1: Fixes crash caused by iOS 7.1

New in Photosmith for iPad v3.1:

• Native camera raw rendering for the following camera formats: CR2, NEF, ORF, PEF, NRW, SRF, CRW, RAF, RW2, DNG, SRW, RAW, MOS, ERF, MRW, KDC, 3FR, ARW, DC2, DCR, FFF, HDR, K25, KC2, MDC, MEF
• Lightroom Sync Dashboard: See sync status of all your User Collections and start sync of specific (or multiple) User Collections right in Photosmith.
• Vastly improved Lightroom sync detection and network discovery
• Added metadata conflict chooser during sync in Photosmith
• Many bug fixes and optimizations, too numerous to mention here, please visit for full details.

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Customer Reviews

Essential app for wireless shooting on the go

I use this app in my day job to continuously (wirelessly) download jpegs to the iPad while a photo shoot is in progress. As soon as the shoot is done the client or subject browse through and make a quick selection of their favorites while I'm packing up. This makes everyone happy. If needed I can round-trip an image into an editing app and send that file off to the editor in a couple minutes over the cell network. Back at the office raw files are imported into Lightroom from my CF card and all the selections, notations, captions, etc made to the jpegs in Photosmith get synced back to the camera raw files in LR.

For this app to truly be a timesaver you will want a camera with supported wi-fi capability (e.g. an FTP transfer mode) or an eye-fi card. Without a doubt this is a niche product, but for anyone in this niche there's nothing like Photosmith. Version 3.x is stable and very useful to me.

Update for ver 3.1.1 - Stability is improved. Very stable as an “iPad-first” image review and selection tool. Using FTP via wifi and Canon’s wft-e7a during event photography is a very positive experience. Assistant can review, add captions, send images to clients or social media in real time.

Great for organizing RAW and JPEG photos

I bought this to sync photos from my iPad to Lightroom, and this app does that well. Better than Lightroom’s own product, in fact. The developers continually improve it, and have some of the best documentation of any app I own. Worth reading if you just want to discover how proxy jpeg editing, raws and the iOS work. They are also very quick with fixes and answers to support questions, and have raw support faster than Apple does.

But this app, I’ve discovered, does more. It’s about the only one that is able to deal with the RAW files themselves on the iPhone. I can export RAW from this app, while most photo organization apps I own, or editors, only deal with the jpeg. It can send RAW files to other apps, like the Stackr series, for upload to online services.

It’s also great for editing metadata. For LIghtroom owners, it has the key ability to import your keyword list complete with hierarchies so that you don’t later end up with conflicts. You can rate, tag and keyword photos and write that to XMP.

I’m not always a fan of syncing; even with the very best of schemes it can be frustrating. But even if you don’t use that feature this app can be very useful. And it gives you control over several different kinds of workflow so you’re not stuck with just one approach; check out their website for details. It’s worth reading about even if you don’t buy the app.

Love Photosmith!!!

I've only been using it a day and decided to give it a test by syncing a recent photo shoot to my iPad to do all my select/reject work as well as rating, key wording, and labeling. That particular portion of the photographic process just feels extremely natural on the iPad and the fact I can create and sync catalogs from Photosmith to Lightroom is fantastic. I enjoy doing my selects much more now and feel my work flow has enhanced since I can take my working project with me anywhere and do the drudge work on the go. Really great product and I hope to see more and more development. Glad I spent the money to support such a wonderful product.

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1.1
  • Size: 42.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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