How do I delete photographs from an iPad?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eric Stevens, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    Are you really saying that with its Retina display and portability
    it's still not suited to being used as a viewing device?
    But it doesn't have a retina display.
    Eric Stevens, Oct 31, 2012
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  2. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    I am genuinely surprised that its got the ability to store and display
    a large number of photographs but lacks the ability to easily manage
    them with out the assistance of an external device or software.
    I don't think its nonsense.
    Not so. It's becoming increasingly obvious that I can't.
    I thought the device I purchased was specifically designed to do what
    I want to do.
    I would certainly have cared about it if I had known that this problem
    existed. It's the kind of problem which would have turned me away from
    the product had I known.

    It's rather like being offered a beautifully designed car with no fuel
    filler on the tank. To the ordinary person the presence of a fuel
    filler is something you would take for granted.
    At this stage I am still cautious and I've explained why.
    Eric Stevens, Oct 31, 2012
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  3. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    None of that applies to me. Its not that the thing I'm focussing on
    doesn't work. To my amazement, it's not there at all. I do own the
    product. I don't yet know whether it is different from another
    .... and a computer.
    It seems none of them are very bright, doesn't it?
    Eric Stevens, Oct 31, 2012
  4. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    no kidding! i have a reputation of being argumentative to live up to!
    that also works, assuming you have connectivity. that doesn't always
    those are nice. i have one from a different company.[/QUOTE]

    It's good to see you guys discussing the solution to the problem of
    backing up in the field. Unfortunately its not the problem I was
    concerned with. But please keep up the amicable discussion. :)
    Eric Stevens, Oct 31, 2012
  5. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    Aah - but I don't do that with a digital camera. I've encountered too
    many stories about memory cards being stuffed up by this kind of
    activity until they are reformatted by the camera. I certainly don't
    want this kind of problem with an iPad.
    Eric Stevens, Oct 31, 2012
  6. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    good thing that the owner can decide what to store on it. in fact, it's
    *entirely* up to the owner. shocking, isn't it? apple doesn't care what
    anyone puts on it.
    i suggested buying a device designed *exactly* for the task because
    such a device does a much better job.

    the ipad can do what he wants, but it really isn't the best tool for
    the task. it will definitely do it, but there are much better choices
    *for that task*.

    for other tasks, the ipad is better. for instance, you can easily check
    email on an ipad but you can't on a portable storage device. you can
    easily upload photos to flickr or to your photostream from an ipad but
    not from a portable storage device.

    pick the best tool for the job.
    the ipad is a tablet, which means you compare it to other *tablets*.

    you do *not* compare the ipad to laptops or desktops. it is not a
    laptop and certainly not a desktop. it's a tablet. this is a very
    simple concept. why do you have so much trouble with it?

    what's amazing is that similar products (i.e., tablets, *not* laptops)
    have the same limitations.

    as i posted earlier, with android, you have to select the photos one by
    one, just as you do on the ipad. did you somehow miss that? why is that
    not a big deal also?

    it's also an edge case that very few people care about. it's not
    something that most people actually *do*, which is why competing
    devices don't do it *either*.

    users plug their tablet or smartphone into their computer and when the
    photos are copied, they're deleted automatically (unless set not to),
    just like any other digital camera. there isn't really a pressing need
    for deleting all of them on the device because in normal use, the
    photos are already deleted.

    sure, a few people might want to be able to delete 1000s of photos with
    a single tap on the device, but not enough of them to justify adding it
    when there are far more important features to implement. nothing is

    maybe one day you'll understand what actually goes on in designing and
    shipping a product. one can hope.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  7. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    This question has been answered by a lot of heat but not much light.
    In the mean time I have found "The ins and outs of iPad photo
    management" in Macworld.

    This describes " ... those photos are imported into two albums—Last
    Import and All Imported", the two albums the existence of which so
    puzzled the 'duck.

    But all is not well. The article goes on to say "To later add or
    remove images from the album, tap the album to open it, tap the Share
    button in the top-right corner ... ". All I can say is 'What share
    button'? So far I haven't found any album which has got one, but I'll
    keep trying.

    I've had a quick look at the recommended Photo Manager Pro and have to
    agree with the reviewer
    that " The lack of "file management" in the native iPad photo app is
    VERY poor" and of the app, it's "Not worth the money".

    I will keep looking. but thanks for all the suggestions in the mean
    Eric Stevens, Oct 31, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    The iPad makes a great image viewing device. It is just not the best
    backup device. It only fills that role in a pinch. The iPad with the
    retina display makes a better viewing device.

    What I find troubling in this discussion is your iPad seems to have a
    different setup to mine and that shouldn't be, and I don't have the
    exact knowledge to provide a solution for you.
    Neither does my iPad 2 (I have been able to live without the Retina
    display)or my UDMA, they both do great jobs when their limitations are
    Savageduck, Oct 31, 2012
  9. Eric Stevens

    Eric Stevens Guest

    Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the ability to easily add or
    delete photographs applies only to files added by synchronizing with
    Eric Stevens, Oct 31, 2012
  10. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    that does not affect the camera roll. that affects photos synced from
    the computer to albums.

    he said his wife was copying photos in the field, which means they're
    in the camera roll. itunes won't do anything with those (which is
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  11. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    nope. you can do it in explorer, if you like pain that is. maybe ask
    microsoft why you need lightroom to work around the problems in

    the reason i suggested lightroom is because it's the best tool for the
    job. using the best tools means you don't have the hassles of less
    capable tools and have more time to do more interesting things. sorting
    photos in explorer or finder is time consuming and a huge pain in the
    ass. sorting them in lightroom is easy and pleasant. guess which one i

    but as i said, you can still do it the hard way. i know tony prefers
    you can't be serious.

    they're standard jpegs, the same as from any other digital camera. the
    exif data is there, easily viewed with apps on the ipad (many of them
    free) or on your computer using any of a variety of tools, including
    phil harvey's exiftool.
    it's little. insignificant, in fact.
    they can do that, and from what you said, she *did* do that.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  12. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    i'm saying that it's not suitable for a portable storage device. at
    best, it will hold two 32 gig cards, if you have a 64 gig ipad that has
    nothing else on it. that's not a whole lot.

    you said your wife went away for six weeks. i know i would fill a 32
    gig card in a couple of days, if that long. a 64 gig ipad would *not*
    last six weeks for me. i doubt it would even last six days.

    however, if someone shoots a handful of photos a day, i'm sure it's
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  13. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    it can easily manage them on the device.

    you can edit the photos with a wide variety of apps, many of them free
    and very capable and others for very cheap. iphoto is $5 and photoshop
    touch is $10. you can also create albums and move photos to them. there
    are even apps that can sync with lightroom.
    only because you won't follow directions.

    why don't you go to the apple store and have them teach you.
    the problem only exists only because you steadfastly refuse to follow

    once again, plug it into the computer, copy the photos, delete the
    photos and you're done. it's *that* simple.
    it's nothing like that and you know it.
    you need to get over your irrational fears.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  14. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    that wasn't in reply to you. it was in reply to tony, the resident
    then why don't you design a tablet, seeing that you know what's
    important for end users. maybe if you include these much needed
    features, you'll sell more than apple and samsung and everyone else.
    good luck.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  15. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    that's largely overblown. the memory cards have a standard fat file
    system. if deleting a file corrupts the card, then whatever did the
    deleting is buggy, not the act of deleting. i regularly delete
    individual photos on cards, without having any problems.
    you *can't* have that problem with an ipad.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  16. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    so do i. the apple geniuses are all ages. they're generally male but
    some are female. they're generally younger but i've had ones in their
    50s (maybe even older, i didn't ask). they're usually very competent
    and i've yet to see one google for answers.
    what further information do you need? be specific.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  17. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    the action button, with the arrow.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
  18. Eric Stevens

    Guest Guest

    absolutely wrong.

    photos synced with itunes can only be deleted from itunes.

    photos in the camera roll can be deleted on the device, or en masse
    when plugged into a computer.
    Guest, Oct 31, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    I dunno, but is there an Apple store convenient to him in New Zealand?
    How do he do that when he's traveling and away from home?
    tony cooper, Oct 31, 2012
  20. Eric Stevens

    tony cooper Guest

    Actually, I neither hate nor like Apple. I'm very neutral about the
    products, but don't see the need personally to buy something more
    expensive than I need to own.

    I do admit to disliking Appleholics, though.
    tony cooper, Oct 31, 2012
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