I am a bit confused about "Back Pack Mode" controls or settings. MadDawgJ stated that this mode is exited and not automatically restarted when I open the case cover on the iPad to view the transfer progress. This could have been my problem over the weekend, since I do not remember that I restarted this mode every time I checked on progress and then placed the iPad back in the camera bag.
Basically backpack mode is for setting it and forgetting it. While I completely understand the wanting to check that the images are there, I would bet that is where you ran into issues. You accidentally disabled backpack mode. That is actually good news, since it means that neither the card nor the iPad were worked to death, so your setup has a chance.
I also recall that to restart "Back Pack Mode", I had to wait until transfers stopped before the drop down menu was available to make this choice. This could be an unfortunate limitation in my use scenario.
It's a bit of a catch 22, but if you go into ShutterSnitch's settings and turn off "Status Messages" and "Rendering Indicator" then the menu will still be there so that you can re-enable backpack mode after checking that images are being recieved. The trade off is that it will no longer show that it is receiving images or rendering them. (They will just show up in the filmstrip). That will give you the ability to check that images are coming in, otherwise you would need to just let it do it's thing and may check in between events when there is time.
I have considered using the camera manufacturer's WFT accessory, but they are over $700 each and I have multiple cameras in use during an event. So, the Eye-Fi card seems a more economical solution,
I completely understand, but that is what rental companies are for. ;) There are plenty of times I will use the Eye-Fi, but for a big event, like the US Olympic Team, I call www.borrowlenses.com
(there are others, including Adorama, but I've always used them and had great service). Plus you can pickup one of the outrageously expensive top end lenses for the event. Just some advice, if you feel the Eye-Fi is the best choice, by all means, go for it. If you are interested though, give Borrow Lenses or another rental place a call, since you would be getting a couple for all the cameras they may be willing to work out a deal with you better than their posted rates. Again, not trying to push you, just offering options to help you out.
Let us know if you have any questions, or need any help.
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