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PhotoScope lets you browse your whole Aperture or iPhoto library from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch over WiFi.

Just download the PhotoScope Helper from and run it on your Mac with your photo library in Aperture 3.2 or later or iPhoto '11 or later.

When you open PhotoScope any computers sharing photo libraries on your WiFi network will appear automatically.

NOTE: It is advisable to download and run the free PhotoScope Helper *BEFORE* buying this app


PhotoScope Features:

BROWSE your Aperture or iPhoto library from your iOS device

* Quickly and easily navigate your whole library - the PhotoScope Helper app sends optimized photos and thumbnails to your iPad and streams image tiles for zooming
* No need to upload your photos anywhere - the PhotoScope Helper runs directly on your computer to share your libraries
* Pinch or double tap to zoom in and see FULL IMAGE RESOLUTION even for very large (80MP+) images*
* View all metadata - date & time, aperture, shutter speed, ISO rating and all Exif data

When sharing your Aperture library you can rate, flag and reject images right from your iOS device.
(rating and flagging is not supported with iPhoto, but will work with a shared Aperture/iPhoto library)

* Ratings and flags are recorded by Aperture immediately
* Quickly rate, reject or flag from the thumbnails or rate images individually
* View only images with certain ratings, only flagged images or only rejected images

PhotoScope lets you send, save and copy any photo using your iOS device. Filter or select the photos you want and PhotoScope will download large or small versions from your computer.

* Save images to the Photos app on your iOS device, organised into albums with the same name as in Aperture/iPhoto
* Copy and paste into other apps
* Send either the whole album, selection of photos or an individual photo via email, Facebook, Twitter

* The PhotoScope helper relies on preview JPEG images created by Aperture or iPhoto for RAW photos. Provided these previews are created in unrestricted size (see preferences in Aperture) PhotoScope lets you zoom in to full detail. The maximum image resolution you can use is limited by the computer running the PhotoScope helper rather than the iOS device. It has been tested with images in excess of 80 megapixels in size with no problem.


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Customer Reviews

No Need For Wifi

This makes sending photos via cellular email from my Macbook Air easy. Once installed and running on both the Mac and the iPhone I can create a network on the Mac and access all the photos in my Aperture library by joining the new MacBook Air network. By sending each image I need to email, the phone's cellular data account will then send out the photo. As well, all the IPTC (caption info) stays attached. No need to carry a mifi device anymore just for sending photos. My Airvoice account does not offer tethering so this really helps. But remember that it uses the iPhone's "Mail" program to send so you need to turn on cellular data for "Mail”. You can also just save the images to the iPhone but that will strip out the IPTC info due to an Apple restriction. Doing the send via email avoids this problem.

A great solution for both pro and casual shooters who do not have a tethering account. Just like having tethering for remotely emailing photos from your Mac notebook without the monthly expense.

So Close

Pretty good iPhoto/Aperture Viewer. I use tools like this to scan draft images from large shoots on my iPad for editing later. None of the iPhoto/Aperture streaming tools works perfectly, and PhotoScope is somewhat superior to its main competitor. It lacks key features that would make it stand out as the clear winner worth the difference in price.

Flags and star ratings need to work with iPhoto. Filtering the album views would also be very useful. Most importantly, organized folders with nested views for iPhoto albums with multiple subfolders would be great. The tool also needs to integrate with Lightroom.

As it stands PhotoScope is a very decent app with a potentially great future. Apple left out the culling and editing possibilities on the iPad, which is a true shame given the photographic potential for the retina display when it comes to editing shoots in the field. These tools make up some of that gap, but still have a way to go yet. PhotoScope is the closest to complete tool I've seen to date, and if you're willing to live with the limitations whilst waiting for future updates, it is worth the price.

Fantastic App...Fantastic Support

This is a "wow" app. All of your iPhoto photos visible on your iPad, savable to your photo roll and shareable as well. Just the app I have been waiting for.

The "wow" factor notwithstanding, the app support from the developer, David Ritchie, is fantastic. I had trouble getting the Helper to find my iPhoto library so I sent an email to support and within 10 minutes I had a response from the developer. It took several days of exchanges of emails troubleshooting my system, a MacBook Pro vintage 2012, to solve the problem.

I am so grateful to David for his super efforts to help me. All his time and work to assist someone who had not even bought his app. Now I have the app and I could not be happier. Quality app, quality support...great combination. Thanks!

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 4.4 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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