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Have you ever wanted to load your Mac OS X Desktop image onto your cell phone? Now my PowerBook and my cell phone are the same! OK, so I had a lot of time on my hands today...

I have been using the 3GUPLOAD website for over a year now to load pictures onto my Sprint PCS phone. I don't have a camera phone, and wanted to add my family pictures to the phonebook. It dawned on me today that the Mac OS X desktop pictures are just jpegs and that they will work on most phones. Just upload a desktop picture to the website. They can be found in the top-level Library -> Desktop Pictures folder. I bet that you could use the Send file feature on a Bluetooth phone as well.

If you need to resize your picture to fit the screen size, use iPhoto (3GUPLOAD does this automatically):
  1. Launch iPhoto
  2. Select file -> import, and choose the desktop photo you'd like to use
  3. Choose the imported photo, and select File -> Export
  4. Set the format to JPEG.
  5. Set the size image to match your phone's picture dimensions, and click Export
  6. Upload it to the website
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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: gmsmith on Sep 15, '04 11:52:45AM
Greetings, There are a bunch of sites that do this and one that even does it for free. SprintUsers has tool called Focus that will allow you to upload to your SprintPCS phones. And sites like 3gWiz.com allow you to pay a small fee per year and will resize your image on the fly, so no need to worry about resizing them in iPhoto.

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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: fds on Sep 15, '04 12:51:08PM

Of course if you have a Bluetooth phone, you can simply use Apple's Bluetooth File Transfer to upload the picture.



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: gmsmith on Sep 15, '04 01:39:43PM

This is of course if Moto/Verizon didn't cripple their v710 at launch ;)



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: macupdate on Sep 15, '04 03:15:51PM

For people with T68i phones, the dimensions of your image should be 101 pixels by 80 pixels.



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: d1b on Sep 15, '04 05:53:39PM
If you have a USB cable for your LG or Sanyo phone, try a free program called Bitpim from http://bitpim.org. Still in beta phase, but works fairly good on my Sanyo 4100 and 8200 for transferring images, address book and sounds back and forth to my Mac. Bitpim converts images to png format, and correct size for your phone display, and doesn't always work with some images (phone doesn't like them), but worth a try. I wish it would send jpg images too.

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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: BarracksSi on Sep 15, '04 09:43:26PM

I can't get BitPim to open a port (or whatever)... any ideas?

Sorry that I'm so vague, but this is still vague to me, too (yes, it's VERY beta).



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: BarracksSi on Sep 15, '04 09:51:23PM

Got it!

Before, I selected the USB Device port manually, and BitPim tried to use it, but failed.

Then, I selected "Auto", and it did the job. Good.

This is the kind of thing I've been waiting for!



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: BarracksSi on Sep 16, '04 11:20:06PM

Well, I thought I got it...

I've successfully gotten BitPim to download everything from my phone into my Mac, and imported it all into Address Book.

Now, should I be able to export my whole Address Book as a vCard, and import that through BitPim and onto my Sanyo 8100?

I would hope so, but at this stage, I'm not holding my breath.



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: gourls on Sep 17, '04 12:16:58AM
Well.....this is definitely one of the better hints I've seen in awhile. A cell phone is something none of us can live without (unfortunately, I don't have one). Why do you have to do desktop pictures to download them to your phone? You should just be able to use the normal library. Read the signature.

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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: dfbills on Sep 15, '04 06:50:47PM

I use bluetooth with mine and the apple builtin software for transfer. Never thought of transferring the desktop pic. Good idea!

If anyone with a 68i is interested in a keyboard for it, I have a few I'd like to unload very cheap.

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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: PokerPlayer25 on Sep 15, '04 07:00:58PM

I have a Motorola V220 from cingular. I also have a g4 imac. I would like to add some ringtones from the internet and pictures to my phone but i dont have bluetooth and i didnt want to pay for internet on my phone so i cant download files through the usual way. Is there some program for transfering files to my phone. I would really aprreciate any suggestions. Beta software is fine too. thanks.



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: Makoto on Sep 15, '04 08:57:47PM

I'd like to know, too.
I don't know about Bluetooth, but as far as I can tell, the V220 supports USB. I have a cable from an MP3 player that works with it, but I'm not sure if there's anything on the Mac that supports it. On the PC side, once you have the cable, I think you can buy something called 'Mobile PhoneTools' to do everything, but it costs around $60 (last time I checked) and I don't know how well it works.

So, if there's a way to do it on the Mac...



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: oracle11 on Sep 20, '04 11:37:54PM

You can get the USB cable on ebay for about $30 - I don't think there is mac software provided by Motorola, but iSync allows you to sync up with Vxxx phones.

I have a Razr V3 with the Blue desktop set and a tiny pin-stripe bar on top where all the icons go. Looks really cool coz it looks like a mini powerbook :)



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: Makoto on Sep 21, '04 12:34:58AM

No, there doesn't seem to be any software from Motorola for the Mac... and I'm not sure they have any plans to support it. :(

The cable is easy to find - I just grabbed the one that came with an MP3 player, but I've heard reports of people getting them at camera stores for less than $5. (Haven't looked, myself.)

iSync does recognize the v220, yes. But I want to be able to move pictures and ringtones to/from the phone, not sync my address books. :)



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Move images and mp3s to a cell phone
Authored by: lkreusel on Sep 28, '04 03:39:29AM

Hey Makoto,
I'm in the exact same situation -- V220 phone and no software to support transfer of pics and ringtones. After perusing motorola's motocoder site for a while I've figured that I could set up my powerbook's Apache webserver to handle WAP requests, write a little WAP "webpage" with links to the media files I want to put on the phone, and then hit my powerbook's IP address from the V220. As far as transferring pics from the phone to my 'book I guess I could just email them as MMS messages. If anyone's interested I could give out my IP and put your files on my WAP server...



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Move OS X desktop images to a cell phone
Authored by: bware on Sep 30, '04 03:38:26PM

My wife just got a Motorola V220 and we're looking for any and all helpful software. I read elsewhere that iSync recognizes the phone, but I haven't tried it yet.



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