Very Welcome New iOS 5 Feature – Create New Photo Albums on the iPad

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iOS 5 will bring a number of very nice features to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. One of my early favorites is the ability to create new photo albums on the iPad. I’ve mentioned this one before briefly, but now that I’ve got iOS 5 on my iPad 2 I’m actually putting it to use.

It’s a big help having this long-awaited functionality. I’ve already created albums for wallpapers, Pics of our pets, App review screenshots, and accessory review photos – and I’m sure I’ll be creating more soon for family photos and other subjects.

The one drawback is that you can only copy images to new albums, not move them – so if you really want to streamline the organization of your photos you need to do some manual removal from the source albums that have had images copied out to new albums.

Even so, this is a heck of a nice new feature in iOS 5.


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7 thoughts on “Very Welcome New iOS 5 Feature – Create New Photo Albums on the iPad”

  1. Thanks for the update. It looks like the events tab form the current version is gone. Do you think events from iPhoto will be converted to albums?

    1. Hey Charles – sorry, missed this question for a while somehow.

      Anyway, no – it still syncs Events to a separate Events tab within the Photos app.

  2. I’ve been using Photo Shack Pro. It allows you to organize your iPad’s photos into albums and libraries, and drag & drop them into any order you want, all without duplicating a single photo or wasting any space. It runs right out of your iPad’s existing “Photos” library, so you don’t strand photos in some 3rd-party app’s private photo library. All of your photos remain available to all of your apps, all of the time. It simply picks-up where your iPad’s “Photos” app leaves off. It adds full resolution viewing up to 16 Mp, access to embedded photo metadata, and search functions as well. If you really need photo management, this is what you want.

    1. I have been looking for two days for an app to work with albums in my iPad. Seems there are a lot of options, but each has drawbacks. I liked your detailed description of Photo Shack Pro, but have some questions. Once you create an album, can you alter it, add photos , move them around, delete photos, etc. Also, does this app upload to Facebook? Can you conceivably do this all without your computer? I do have Camera Connect kit. I will spend the money for the Pro version, if it is necessary to do what I want, but how about the Photo Shack basic version? I am not a professional photographer, but do spend time away from my desktop iMac.
      Thank you very much!

  3. Wow, this is going to be a REALLY delayed response. Sorry for taking so long…

    Yes, albums can be create, modified, and deleted anytime, along with their photos. You can perform everything from your iPad, you don’t need a computer except to load or export photos using iTunes. But you can also load your photos using the Camera Connection Kit. No Facebook or Twitter integration, but since it runs off of your iPad’s Photos Library, you can use whatever app you want to access those resources. I believe Twitter integration is already built-in to iOS 5.

    Photo Shack Pro just went on sale today for the Holidays. Between now and Jan 2, 2012, you can get it for $9.99, 33.33% OFF the normal $14.99 price.

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