I got to play with my friend Nigelís iPad last night.
Whilst I was impressed by the iPad in general, it was the iPhotos app that blew me away. The pinch an album, inspect, open fully, pinch closed, move on paradigm was brilliantly developed. As you played with it you could see this was how digital photos were meant to be shown almost, and along with how Sky+ changed how I watch TV and the iPod changed how I listened to music this would change how I interact with my photos.
Iíve now figured out what the killer iPad app is for me. I have 30k pictures sitting on my hard drive waiting to be sorted. And they get bigger and bigger every trip, because filtering 1000 ski pictures down to an album of the 30 good ones takes time. I keep planning to get Aperture and sit down to develop a work flow to sort out my photo archive. Itís time consuming though so the archive builds and my photos languish in darkness.
What I wanít is an Aperture Lite for the iPad.
How I see this working would be as more or less like this * It syncs with a copy of Aperture on my main machine * Aperture then copies a reduced size but highish quality size to the iPad * I then sort, rate, tag and categorise the photoís into albums * I then sync back with Apeture and all my categorisations are available on the full size pics
Then I can export to iPhoto/Flickr/Smugmug/Facebook etc and actually let people see the photos.
The iPad may almost be the perfect device for this, for me. If a copy of all my pics are sitting on the iPad, I can filter them on my sofa, in bed, in the coffee shop or on the train. I would actually get through the my photos rather than just buying bigger hard drives to store them on. Playing with iPhoto on it showed what a good interface and interaction you can build on the iPad and I can see how this could be done pretty well. Or if Apple does it, incredibly well. When they sweat the small stuff, Apple makes great shit.
Thatís it. Thatís my killer app.
Iím sure some people would have other killer apps and others would have none. But for me, this would make the iPad a must have.
Although Iíll probably get one anyway. [For probably read absolutely]