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This article was published on February 22, 2011

PhotoSync: Transfer media between iOS devices, Mac and PC

PhotoSync: Transfer media between iOS devices, Mac and PC
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Brodie Beta is a technology enthusiast with a passion for gadgets, media and anything related to the Web. She has worked in communications Brodie Beta is a technology enthusiast with a passion for gadgets, media and anything related to the Web. She has worked in communications and media for the past nine years. Follow her on twitter here .

PhotoSyncPhotoSync aims to provide the easiest solution for wirelessly transferring photos and videos between computers and iOS devices.

This app eliminates the need to plug-in your iOS device in order to sync media, and it has no limitations on how many files can be sent at once. PhotoSync also works in unison with companion desktop applications available for both Mac and PC.

Transferring Between iOS Devices

Media (photos, video) can be sent between mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) or straight to or from your Mac/PC. And, this is all done for the price of $1.99. The desktop apps are free and the mobile version of PhotoSync can be installed across multiple iOS devices for the one time charge.

As long as the devices have Bluetooth enabled or are on the same WiFi network, when you attempt to transfer a file from the PhotoSync iOS app, it will provide a list of devices sitting on your network.


iOS Devices to Mac or PC

Within the PhotoSync settings of the desktop version, users can tweak the settings to import photos to any destination folder on the system, including the option to import directly to iPhoto and Aperture. This brings a nice level of organization to the photo import process.

Mac to iOS Devices

Using Mac, to send a photo to the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, an image can be dragged onto the PhotoSync icon in the dock, prompting a dialog box that asks you to select the correct mobile device. It’s a handy way to send pics, however there was a bit of wait time involved. The results seemed to vary but overall the process, at times, took up to 2 minutes to recognize the iPhone. It could be an isolated issue with this network but we couldn’t tell you why.


Quick Uploading to Flickr

Images can be uploaded directly to Flickr within the iOS app and nicely, it offers multiple settings to pick the Flickr destination folder, image size and privacy level; private, friends, everyone, etc. Especially when you’re dealing with things such as images, privacy control is a fantastic feature but it’s missing something.. the option to add a title and description.

Web Server

By enabling PhotoSync’s web server feature, the iOS app will throw you a web address for your photo galleries that will allow you to see the photos/videos on a larger screen through a web browser. Basically it turns your device into a server so even if you’re not at home, if you have access to WiFi, you can view or download videos and photos on other computers.

PhotoSync User Interface

The UI is pretty and comes with multiple choices for syncing. Users can choose to transfer only the images selected, the entire camera roll or mark the folder as done. It keeps track of which of the files haven’t been imported as well, another option within the syncing screen (sync only new files).

The iOS version of PhotoSync displays all of the device’s pictures within a camera roll and, similar to the native iOS photo gallery, while viewing an image, it can be copied or sent to email aside from syncing.

The Bottom Line

PhotoSync does offer a quick way to transfer media wirelessly but it also has its drawbacks. Transferring files from the devices to Mac was peachy but as we’d mentioned, the Mac version of PhotoSync had major issues recognizing the iOS devices. And while the Flickr integration is great, without the option to input the description, title and tags, it’s just creating more work for you down the line. But, it does work quite well for transferring media from device to device and from iOS to Mac.

All in all, if you’re constantly plugging in your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to sync media you might find this app handy, and the web server feature is a cool option to have when you’re at a friend’s place.

PhotoSync is available for $1.99 in the app store.

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