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In iPhoto 6.0.4, when you attach a digital camera and see the import screen, press the Return key on your keyboard twice in succession. iPhoto will switch to editing mode, showing all pictures that reside on the digital camera. You cannot make changes to the pictures, nor can you drag the pictures individually to your iPhoto library, but you can see everything on the camera.

[robg adds: Wow. Not only did this work, but with my camera at least (Canon PowerShot SD400), I was able to drag individual photos from the top portion of the Editing window into my Library. The only issue I had was that the date on the roll containing the dragged photos was incorrect (it came out as 12/31/00), but this is easily changed. I'm not sure if the drag-and-import capability varies by camera or not; please post the results of your efforts, including the camera model, and we'll get a sense for how widespread this may be.]
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Work directly with camera storage cards in iPhoto
Authored by: mmn on Aug 11, '06 08:03:29AM

My Sony Ericsson K750i works with it. Although it seems that no preview images are generated..



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Authored by: Phosphor on Aug 11, '06 10:11:50AM

I would NEVER recommend doing anything like this, even though you can. Any sort of glitch and anecdotal evidence says you run the risk of corrupting the data on the card. You might get away with it 500 times, then on attempt #501, something happens and BANG! you lose pictures.

If it's ever happened to you, you know how devastating it can be.

Prudent users will copy files from the card to their system before doing anything else.

Caveat clickor.



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Authored by: xfile087 on Aug 11, '06 03:13:16PM

Works with my K750i too but it's mighty slow on my Mac Mini Core Duo - but that might be because I only have 512mb of ram at current.



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Authored by: mmn on Aug 15, '06 12:50:09PM

Or because the K750i uses USB 1.1



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Authored by: janaukes on Aug 11, '06 08:15:06AM

With a Nikon Coolpix P2 (WiFi) ) this works for me too.
Thumbnails cannot be seen, only the borders. I see the normal edit-size.
The photo's can be dragged to the library; date is not altered.

Nice option!



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Authored by: reidjazz on Aug 11, '06 08:23:36AM
Works with my Nikon CoolPix 5700...pretty slow working with the images directly off the card, understandably.

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Authored by: sweyhrich on Aug 11, '06 09:10:17AM

Olympus SP-500UZ: Same experience; no thumbnails on the top of the screen, but if I click on a picture it does appear in the editing window (with no editing features available), and dragging a picture from the top row to the Library on the left results in a new "roll" with the date of the photo. The picture also had the correct date on it.

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Authored by: JadeNB on Aug 11, '06 10:07:05AM

Why not just set `When a camera is connected, open:' in Image Capture Preferences to `Image Capture.app' (instead of iPhoto.app), and then use Image Capture instead?



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Authored by: morespace54 on Aug 11, '06 10:55:23AM

Although I prefer this ('cause you can keep an "unaltered" backup), a lot of people I know don't want to do it twice
(copy pictures in the Finder and then copy them in iPhoto).



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Authored by: JadeNB on Aug 17, '06 12:54:54PM

That's a good point. Maybe some kind of Folder Action can be used to do the importing automatically?



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Authored by: rayzor on Aug 11, '06 03:10:56PM

Doesn't work with my Canon Powershot S40



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Authored by: Sobeguy on Aug 11, '06 03:21:03PM

Canon Powershot S410 Digital Elph. I can drag images from thumbnails to the library, but only the dotted outline shows. File creation date and info are retained.



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Authored by: justicart on Aug 11, '06 04:51:30PM
Casio Exilim EX-S3: Thumbnails at the top would not display, but when they were dragged to the Library, it worked and the album date was also wrong.

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Authored by: theKiwi on Aug 11, '06 09:28:46PM

Doesn't work with my Canon Powershot S2 IS



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Authored by: GKR on Aug 12, '06 03:21:52AM

Also tried it with an older Sony Cybershot and that works, although same caveats: opens in the Edit window and somewhat slow, with a panel above. In the center of that panel is a dotted image shape, however, and that can be dragged either directly to the iPhoto Library or to the Desktop. I just aloso tried dragging it to an application and it went straight into Text Edit, so this may be more flexible.



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Authored by: eboss on Aug 12, '06 03:32:08AM
With a Kodak DX7630
  • I can't edit photos (red eyes, rotate, )
  • I can't see thumbnails
  • I can drag photos in the Libraby and the timestamp and Exif datas are correct.
I've tested this with the same SD card (Kingston 512 MB) connected throught the camera or with a card reader, results are the same.

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Authored by: dan55304 on Aug 12, '06 07:52:37AM

I must be missing something. Why would you ever want to do this?
* You can drag whatever you want in Finder & import into iPhoto
* iPhoto can import from the camera if you wish
* This method doesn't gain anything but seems to lose some image features



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Authored by: Señor Epiphyte on Aug 12, '06 08:07:28AM

Why?

When your friend from university visits and she wants to share a single image with you she took on the way to your house, you can demonstrate to her your ability to take one image without having to import her entire camera full.

While there you have the opportunity to see what else she is interested in photographing thereby giving you ideas as to her intentions for you and perhaps ideas for Christmas gifts.



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Authored by: styrafome on Aug 13, '06 01:37:54PM

It's nice to have the option to download individual pictures, but up to now I've been using Image Capture for that. This iPhoto tip is just another way to do it.



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Authored by: glusk on Aug 12, '06 08:53:08AM

My old Canon Powershot S200 showed no thumbnails and I didn't attempt to edit. Selecting each blank thumbnail showed that photo and dragging the blank thumbnail to an album (or Library) imported that photo.

I usually use iPhoto and my camera as intended by importing the entire camera. But there are many occasions where use Image Capture to get just the one photo and then import it in to iPhoto. My camera does not show up in the Finder as a disk unless I remove the card and mount it with a card reader.

This hint may not be useful to some, but for me it's a real find. Thanks for posting.



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Authored by: macevangelist on Aug 13, '06 03:23:13AM

I didn't find that particular mode very useful either, just interesting. My wireless mouse just ran out of battery and I was working keyboard-only as the mouse was recharging in its cradle.

At some point you always come across some UI feature that cannot be controlled with the keyboard alone. One of these features is the Import button in iPhoto. So while trying to somehow get this button highlighted, I guess I hit the return key twice and discovered this mode. Thought I could get some conspiracy theories going so I submitted it.

I ended up selecting the Import command in the File menu and then navigating to the appropriate folder on my camera's memory card. By the way, I couldn't see any preview images in the top scroll view either.



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Authored by: jdpmus on Aug 14, '06 08:58:39AM

This works partially with a Nikon D-50. The images appear in the larger edit window of iPhoto, but do not appear in the preview portion at the top of the window. All you see is a gray outline with a shadow where the picture should be.



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Authored by: jsuplido on Aug 16, '06 01:23:59PM

Canon 350D. Can see preview, no thumbnails, but images can be dragged to the Library.



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Authored by: stanley334 on Aug 16, '06 03:57:59PM

OK. So I found a new if not majorly exciting bit. When it first loads the screen on pressing enter, twice, you get the thumbs plus a full size version of the image you're looking at. Press 'esc' and you get just the thumbnails as per your usual iPhoto library.

Told you it wasn't majorly exciting. Still interesting though.

Works with my Canon IXUS50. No thumbnail images, but retains date etc. and can drag images into the library.

j



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Authored by: ma_xyz on Aug 16, '06 07:41:49PM

With Memory Stick from SONY Cyber-shot DSC-W1 through Cardreader: works, no thumbnails, generates roll with date 31.12.00, images imported with correct dates etc.



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Authored by: zohar.ma on Aug 17, '06 03:58:51AM
On my Kodak EasyShare Z730 it works: I can drag the photos from the to bar to any album, but I cannot see the thumbnails.
When I use the same memory card (SD) on a generic card reader it doesn't work at all.

Any clues to why we cannot see the thumbnails?

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Authored by: bugmenot on Sep 16, '06 11:08:09AM

Works with the w800 mobile camera mounted via USB cable. No previews. But I can still see each image though.



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Authored by: ronald lamars on Sep 17, '06 07:31:59AM

This works also with photo cds - which can be useful indeed, only yesterday I had to import 4 cd's in kodak photo cd format, a process that takes forever, and *then* had to remove the pictures I did not want. Note that it was possible to import individual photo's *and* that image capture did not recognize the photo's on the cd as a readable format.



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Authored by: rprather12 on Sep 17, '06 08:39:15AM

I guess I am missing something here. Why not use Finder to go to the photos on your camera directly?

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Authored by: robleach on Sep 18, '06 03:38:26PM

How do you do that? The camera doesn't show up on the desktop. Does your camera allow a disk storage function like iPods do? (I.e. It shows up on the desktop and you can drag pictures to/from it?) Or are you talking about using a card reader?



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Authored by: Sobeguy on Oct 17, '06 04:13:03PM

This trick now longer seems to work in iPhoto 6.0.5 with my Canon Elph S410. It worked with v. 6.0.4 becuase I tried back in August when I first tried it. No nothing happens when I press the Return twice.



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