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PhotoMechanic on Tablet
Victor Biro, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 2:33 PM on 02.02.13
->> Hi,

I thought I would pass this along in case anyone was feeling adventurous.

Viewsonic makes/made a product called the ViewPad 10pi which ran both Windows 7 and Android 2.x and it looks like Viewsonic is blowing them out the door right now:
With Win7 pre-installed: for $300 (reg $900)

Without Windows: for $150

It has two USB 2.0 plugs that would allow concurrent ingesting.

At $900 I didn't see much point, but at at $300 it would be an interesting option.

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Shaun Sartin, Photographer
Glenview | IL | | Posted: 9:56 PM on 02.02.13
->> Not sure if this has been talked about here.

He's in the Chicago area, might be something to review and consider.

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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 9:59 AM on 02.03.13
->> I had a terrible time getting PhotoMechanic to work on an Atom powered mini pc laptop. With two machines one worked slowly the other I never got working at all despite a huge effort from Camera Bits remoting into the machine. I would say spend the money on a MacBook Air.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:27 AM on 02.03.13
->> There is a whole letter or article from the Camera Bits folks on their website about why they have no app. I'm not real computer savvy as far as technical stuff but according to the letter PM takes way too much memory and computer resources to ever work properly on a tablet. dave shields picture pro app looks to be the best thing out there right now to work with an ipad on the link above.
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Victor Biro, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 2:36 PM on 02.03.13
->> Chuck,

I think that most discussion about using PM on a tablet is related to Android or iOS/iPad, whereas this is a Windows 7 tablet that *also* runs Android.

I thought that in a pinch having the tablet might be very handy alternative to hauling around a MacBook.

I have had some success using an Android tablet to file while on the move during breaking spot news. Android tablets have some big advantages over iPads. For example, memory cards and full USB plugs without adapters.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 8:09 PM on 02.03.13
->> This is just a single-core processor. I'm not familiar with the "Oak Trail" processor family, but I have a Dell Inspiron Duo with a 1.5GHz dual-core Atom processor and an SSD I put in myself (Kingston w/60-70 MBPS write, 220 MBPS read). PM 4.6.6 runs pretty well on it.

However, I noted that the ViewPad 10pro (with a beeefed-up processor) only has a WEI rating of 2.0 for the processor, while my Dell has a WEI score of 3.1 for the processor. So this "pi" model looks to have a pretty weak processor in comparison.
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Victor Biro, Photographer
Toronto | ON | Canada | Posted: 1:08 AM on 02.04.13
->> Chuck,

I think you're right. The product is at End of Life, and that is why it is being sold at such a discount. Having said that, at $150 without Win7 it may be a good tool to experiment on.

There are a ton of interesting tablets coming out, including the Surface Pro, with Win8 and USB 3 ports. The problem is that they are going to be in the $1000 range.

With Samsung announcing 8-core processors for their phones and tablets, there are bound to be some interesting thing coming. In the mean time, this may be fun for those that are so inclined.
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