A few weeks ago, TUAW editor-in-chief Victor Agreda asked me if I had any recommendations for an iPad portfolio app. He had a friend who wanted to be able to save his portfolio on his iPad and passcode it so his kids couldn't access it. It's a good idea, and I've seen the iPad be used for wedding photography to comic portfolios. Yes, it's fairly easy to do a basic portfolio using the built-in Photos app on the iPad, and I've done that myself. However, the current version of Photos doesn't allow album creation on the iPad, and you can't passcode that specific app.
For those wanting to explore portfolio apps, TUAW is reviewing two of them this week. Today, I'm taking a look at Portfolio for iPad, and Wednesday I'll look at Xtrafolio. Then, on Thursday, we'll do a head-to-head comparison of the apps and whether the built-in Photos app is the best choice after all.
Portfolio makes it easy for first-time users to get started. A basic guide immediately springs up the first time the app is launched. There's a plethora of choices to make the app look slick and professional ranging from color choices to logos. If you don't have a logo to represent your work, you'll be inspired to create one. Different options are available based on whether the portfolio will be shown in portrait or landscape mode, or on an external screen.
There are a lot of layers to the app, and sometimes the options get a bit overwhelming. I found myself frequently referring to the help file to remember specific gestures or to explain some of the options as I customized a portfolio. While you can just quickly upload an album and go, Portfolio's strength lies in its versatility, therefore, it's worth taking the time to read the help file to get the most out of it.