We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realising it. We digitise things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artefacts that we digitised…If there are photos you really care about, print them out.

Vint Cerf, Google


Yesterday was my birthday. 

We stayed inside and ordered take out from the local Thai place. 

We talked about the days events. And I was reminded of the birthday wisdom Ellie dropped last year

After dinner the kids brought me into the family room. They connected my daughter’s laptop to the big screen via Airplay and then played a 5 minute video they created for me. 

It was hilarious and unbelievably touching. I was laughing on the outside and my heart was beaming on the inside. 

I’m so grateful. 

Looking for an iOS app to batch file transfer from a FTP server to Dropbox

My recent photography work flow has changed significantly over the last 5 years. 

All my photographs used to live in iPhoto. But I wanted more. I flirted with Apple Aperture which was pretty to look at but clunky in practice.

My brother suggested Adobe Lightroom and once I got the hang of it, I became hooked. It’s fast and does everything I want.

All of my photographs live in Adobe Lightroom. They get backed up to a Synology NAS in the basement and Crashplan for cloud back up. (I’m likely going to switching away from Crashplan soon).

Over the last 6 months I’m shooting mostly film. I send all my film to Richard Photo Lab in California. After they process and scan, I download the files via FTP into Dropbox. Then the files goto Adobe Lightroom. 

But here’s the thing. I don’t do a lot of fussing in Adobe Lightroom with my film work. That’s the lovely part about film photography. 

So I’m looking to come up with a new workflow. In fact, if I can solve it then I can leave my laptop behind. 

I’m looking for an iOS app (ideally iPad) that will download a folder from a FTP server to my Dropbox account. 

A number of folks have suggested Transmit. Unless I’m missing something, Transmit does allow moving files from a FTP server to Dropbox but you have to do it one file at a time. 

So I’m looking to you dear readers for any suggestions or advice. Has anyone found an iOS app that will batch file transfer from a FTP server to Dropbox. 

Many thanks in advance. 

(ps: if the fine folks at Richard Photo Lab are reading this: I love your lab and your people. You are awesome. But please offer Dropbox support. It would be so awesome).