The iPad is great for consuming media, but what about creating and editing it? It’s not quite as easy to manage and edit family photos or cobble together a home movie on the iPad as it is on a computer. The first limitation I came across in photo management is that there’s no way to create or edit photo albums on the iPad itself, even when transferring images with the Camera Connection Kit. You need to connect to iTunes on your PC.
For photo editing, there are a slew of free and paid apps available. For simple tasks such as cropping, rotating, or adding a fun filter, Photoshop Express does the job and is easy to use. However, if you need to perform more advanced editing (such as getting rid of red eyes) or work with large, RAW files, Photogene ($3.99) is a better choice. This app offers functionality similar to what you’d find in a mid-level editing suite for the desktop: color correction, enhancements, and retouching. However, both of these apps draw from your photo albums by default and don’t look elsewhere for files. I was able to send a photo from SugarSync to Photogene, but the app crashed twice while attempting to open the image.
Since I had success editing short videos with the iMovie app on the iPhone 4, I wanted to try it on the iPad. Too bad there’s no iMovie for this tablet (yet), and I couldn’t even install the iPhone version of the program. Instead, I downloaded ReelDirector ($1.99). This app offered simple but powerful editing tools, transitions, text, and even cropping. Plus, ReelDirector can use music from iTunes as your movie’s score. Once again, though, I had a problem opening files; the app couldn’t see all of the video files on my iPad—even when they were compatible formats.