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Pixelsync for iPad What is Pixelsync?

What Is Pixelsync?

Pixelsync is an iPad application that allows you to import images from Aperture and iPhoto to your iPad over your local network (LAN). All you need to do is turn on your Mac, install a small application, appropriately named Pixelsync Helper, and connect your iPad and your Mac using Pixelsync.


  • Take your images with you on your iPad
  • Assign ratings and color labels to your images
  • Sort images by name, date, and rating
  • Wireless importing and syncing
  • Support for multiple libraries and multiple Macs

That's not all, though. Once you import your images to your iPad, you can start to rate and color label your images. Finished? Simply sync the metadata back to Aperture or iPhoto. All this happens wirelessly. This means that you don't have to spend hours and hours in front of your Mac after a day of shooting images. Simply get your images in Aperture or iPhoto and import one or more albums or projects to your iPad and start sorting through them. We all love our Macs, but sometimes it's more enjoyable to browse your images in your comfy couch. Isn't it?

Pixelsync for iPad Getting started with Pixelsync.

Getting Started

Getting started with Pixelsync is easy. Once you have installed Pixelsync on your iPad you are guided through the setup process in three easy steps. First, however, you need to install Pixelsync Helper on your Mac, which you can download here. Follow the instructions to add your Aperture or iPhoto library and you're good to go.

Getting Started

  • Add your Mac as a host to Pixelsync Helper
  • Enter the passcode you receive on your Mac
  • Import your Apertue or iPhoto library
  • Select albums/project and tap the import button
  • ... that't it!

As you can see, getting up and running with Pixelsync is quick and easy. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when using Pixelsync. Especially if you are having problems with Pixelsync in one way or another, this is most likely due to one of the requirements of Pixelsync.

Pixelsync Requirements

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard or higher (10.6+)
  • Aperture 3.0+ or iPhoto 11+
  • iOS 4.2 or higher
  • Wireless network
  • Aperture must generate previews automatically

The first three requirements are self-explanatory. The last requirment, however, might be less clear. Allow me to explain. Pixelsync relies heavily on the previews generated by Aperture and iPhoto. Why? If Pixelsync would import your original images it would take a very long time, it would dramatically slow down performance, and your iPad would be filled up with images in no time (especially for large RAW files that most professional photographers use). But don't worry, Aperture and iPhoto take care of generating previews for you. If you're an Aperture user, make sure that Aperture is configured correctly. Click "Aperture" in the menu bar and select "Preferences...". Select the tab named "Previews" and make sure that the option "New projects automatically generate previews" is checked. That's it. Apple didn't implement this option to help Pixelsync as you might have guessed. Using previews in Aperture will also improve image browsing in Aperture as it doesn't need to use the larger original files while browsing.

Having problems with Pixelsync?

Having Problems?

If you are experiencing problems with Pixelsync, we encourage you to have a look at our frequently asked questions. However, if you do not find the solution there or if you experience crashes, please, contact us with a detailed description of the problem you are having and we will do our best to solve your problem as fast as we can.