It was May 30, 1985 when Philips introduced the first universal remote control under the Magnavox brand name. It was the solution to an entertainment problem: What do you do with a stereo, a television and a VCR you have to control with three separate remotes? Home theater buffs rejoiced when they could finally rely on just one remote to do it all.
Flash forward to August 18, 2011 – and people need a solution to their personal device problem: What do you do when you’ve got a laptop, a tablet device and a smartphone – three separate places where photos are stored?
Viggo Tellefsen Wivestad says: Lots of folders in lots of places!
Gail Browne says: photos in 3 places, laptop, external hard drive and disc – Lightroom
Brandon Hamilton says: i keep four copies of every photo i edit and chose for posting. 1 on an external drive, 1 on a second external drive, 1 on my mac, and 1 online on flickr. oh and i dump all the files as is on an external drive so 5 copies…. and some i print out.
Tamara S. Badlands says: Devices fail & I’ve learned the hard way unless you have a copy of it elsewhere you’re in trouble..on each backup (separate partition > external drive> DVD), under each year is a document file that contains a list I update as I add new photos & a screen shot of the year in list format.) One cannot be ever be too safe..my lesson was learned AFTER I lost family wedding photographs.
Kathy Hagen says: Have a computer strictly for photo work. All my photos are backed up on that computer which is backed up to an external hard drive once a week. All devices (iPhone, iPad, and multiple cameras) are downloaded onto said computer once a week.
We suspected these challenges existed, but it was good to read through all the responses and hear about the issues firsthand. Keeping track of photos across multiple devices is complicated, requiring either some advance planning or an extremely disciplined routine.
After reviewing the first wave of comments, the team was even more curious about how many photos people are actually dealing with. In a follow up post, we asked Facebook fans to tell us if they’ve pushed the limits of their smartphone or tablet device’s storage space, and if so, what kinds of workarounds they’ve come up with. More than 900 fans “Liked” this post (likely empathizing with storage limitations!) and over 100 thoughtfully commented on their creative solutions…
Arash Nabi says: External HD and a copy in Flickr
Robert Vitale says: Dump it and start anew!
Alida Latham says: Everything gets downloaded and put into Lightroom, just like everything else! All photos treated equally, regardless of their origin!
Bertrand Leonard says: Less used items are transferred onto a portable HD then space is available for new ones. Really, it’s a vicious circle because when manufacturers upgrade memory sizes, the software also upgrade production’s quality and file sizes. So the more we use the less we can have, this space problem might never end… Unless?
Celeste Squires Barker says: I upload photos I want to keep to Facebook, and then delete them from my mobile phone.
Christopher Byron says: Mhmm, I moved a good amount of photos to a DropBox account to keep my iPhone nice ‘n roomy. Also is nice because it keeps all of my devises linked, including the iPad and Laptop.
Adam Hede says: Yes, I have encounter problems on the iPad, due to the resolution. But the solution is pretty simple :b delete a movie or two and I can fit about 200 pictures more! But yes, the solution is really to be picky with the storage ):
When it comes to your photos, you don’t want to have to worry about space issues or deleting any files! For many, it’s second nature to use your smartphone to capture spontaneous moments, just as you would a point and shoot. Have you ever been at a family gathering, a party or on vacation and before you know it, you’ve snapped hundreds of photos with your phone? What do you do when you want to edit them at home on a laptop or move them over to your tablet device to share? Yes – it’s okay to cringe. For those who’ve been there, it’s not easy and can be a very tedious process.
We realize life doesn’t just exist on the desktop. You need a simple, convenient and – most of all, fun – way for your photography to be everywhere you are. Imagine if you could access all the photos you’ve stored on your laptop, tablet device and smartphone, without having to deal with manually syncing all your devices or working around the storage limits of each device. No matter which device is in your hand you see your entire photo library. So those hundreds of photos you took while touring through Italy with your smartphone would also appear in the library on your tablet device and at home on your laptop…just like that.
At Adobe, we’re exploring solutions to get you there. And it should come as no surprise that we will also leverage the power of Photoshop editing technology for quick fixes along the way.
Just as the universal remote control was celebrated for taking three remotes down to a single control, we’re examining ways to take the photos you have on all three devices down to a single library – making photo storage, editing and sharing seamless from wherever you are.
We appreciate your input as the team is hard at work behind the scenes…more updates, coming soon!