The next update to 645 PRO—Release 1.11—is awaiting App Store review, and should be available for download in a few days. We thought we’d take a couple of minutes to bring you up to date with what’s coming.
Firstly, we continue to work on increasing the efficiency and performance of 645 PRO, and the new update will include a few incremental improvements in those twin, related areas.
Next, we’e added options specifically targeted at those who want high-fidelity unprocessed images in an iOS workflow. To explain:
The core of 645 PRO-using photographers (with whom we tested 645 PRO prior to release, and who make up much of its post-launch user-base) wanted such unprocessed images for use in a “desktop”—including laptop—workflow using Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom. That’s why we went with the option of saving “developed RAW”—dRAW TIFFs to 645 PRO’s own Documents folder for later transfer to the “mother ship” computer via iTunes File Sharing.
However, we’ve reached (and been delighted to reach) a broader audience than that, some of whom want the option of saving dRAW TIFFs (or their closest JPEG equivalent) to the Camera Roll for immediate processing using an iOS image-editing app such as Snapseed or PhotoForge. So we’ve given them two ways of doing just that.
The first is very simple. Double-tap on the Mode Selector:
This will disable all in-app processing, which includes the enhancements offered by the Film Modes together with the crops that the Backs deliver (and, by extension, Live Preview, as there is no processing to be previewed). You therefore have the option to save the unmodified image data as either HI-quality or MAX-quality JPEGs (the former being ideal for everyday use, the latter—with no visible compression artefacts, but large files—being for when maximum image fidelity is required). You can still save dRAW TIFFs too, if you also want the best possible image fidelity for a desktop-based workflow. Double-tapping the same location returns 645 PRO to standard operation, of course…
The second option can be accessed via the main Settings.app, which is typically on the first screen of iPhone’s Springboard:
Scroll down until you see the 645 PRO entry in the list of installed apps with configurable settings:
Select that, and you now have some new options, one of which is to save TIFFs to your Camera Roll (instead of to the default location in 645 PRO’s Documents folder). That means you can feed your dRAW TIFFs straight int one of those (relatively few) apps that can natively handle TIFF files. Also, you can use the built-in Photos app to delete the files on your device, should you want to do so. This option applies whether or not you are choosing to bypass the Film Modes and Backs, as described above.
The other options available here are worth a few words, too. Our testing has shown that 645 PRO’s audio feedback (the clicks from buttons, the beeps to let you know an action has completed) provides a major usability boost. However, some people don’t like it; now they have the option to turn it off.
Next there are people who don’t want to geo-tag their images with location data, but do want to be able to share and review their images within 645 PRO (which requires, due to Apple’s rules, access to Location Services, as the ability to view and use images on the Camera Roll gives access to any GPS data that may be embedded in them). They can now disable the addition of the GPS data to the images they take with 645 PRO, while leaving Location Services enabled for viewing and sharing.
Finally, you have the option to enter your own name (or that of your photography business), which will then be embedded in the images’ EXIF data as the Artist or Creator.
The full list of updates and fixes in 645 PRO Release 1.11 follows:
➢ Smoother operation for Back Selector and Mode Selector knobs
➢ Option to save dRAW TIFFs to Camera Roll rather than Documents folder (via Settings.app)
➢ Option to mute audio feedback (via Settings.app)
➢ Option to add Artist Name to EXIF data (via Settings.app)
➢ Option to disable GPS tagging of images (via Settings.app), although Location Services must still be enabled to view images, as imposed by Apple
➢ Fixed quirks in “upside down” landscape mode
➢ Fixed “black screen” for users trying to review/share images with Location Services restricted (but not disabled…)
➢ Fixed Flickr sharing bug where title was not being posted
➢ Fixed intermittent issue where zoom level was incorrectly sent to image capture
➢ Revised sharing buttons
➢ Updated User Manual