Portfolio Pro ($9.99) is a new app for creating a digital portfolio on the iPad, introducing Flickr and Dropbox integration as a welcome addition to the genre. Last year, we reviewed MediaPad Pro, and while we still like that app, Portfolio Pro greatly simplifies the process of populating and updating portfolios. It opens many new possibilities for photographers, and people in other fields as well, due to its ease of use.
The ease of use comes from integration with the Flickr and Dropbox APIs, allowing users to pull images directly from either of these cloud services into their portfolio. For photographers who have galleries already on Flickr, they can be imported on a set by set basis, speeding up the population of the app, using organization that many photographers already have in place.
Using Dropbox is similarly easy, and will work well for people who don’t want to use Flickr. Both services offer a free subscription level. Adding a step to your workflow that involves sending portfolio-worthy shots to either service directly from Lightroom or Aperture yields the benefit of having remote access to your best shots at any time, and the ability to tweak content during downtime.
The app also works beautifully in conjunction with images stored directly on the iPad. For photographers whose favorite online image services haven’t been linked to, it’s still possible to pull selections from them with the browser. The same holds true for photographers who want to pull images directly from their own site. For those using the iPad’s Camera Connection kit, it’s possible to upload images directly from the camera to the device and then into the app.
Regardless of how the images get into the app, they reside inside it once imported, so no Internet connection is required for presentation. At any time, imported images can be set to private or deleted entirely, enabling further ease of customization. Galleries and the items within them can be rearranged at will.
The galleries can be customized in only a few ways visually. Colors and fonts can be changed, but not the overall layout. Gallery thumbnails are all equally sized. These aren’t huge caveats, and that said, the font library is pleasantly extensive.
The app works with a variety of formats, and isn’t limited to photos. Currently, files in these formats can be used: JPG, PNG, TIF, GIF, MOV, MP4 and M4V.
The app isn’t perfect, but it is very good. With any luck, the developer will expand their import functionality to other popular sites such as Zenfolio. It would also be useful to have a lock code for the edit screen, which is easily accessed simply by a triple tap anywhere on the screen. Keyword searching on Flickr would be very handy for those with extensive archives.