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Stop unwanted launching of Photo Import apps Apps
If you plug in your iPad/iPhone/iPod then iPhoto or some proprietary image transfer application automatically opens even if you don't want it to, because the device is regarded as a camera.

You can change this behavior by using Apple's Image Capture utility to set defaults for each device.

This problem has been plaguing me for a while. I have a Nikon DSLR, a Canon Point and Shoot, an iPad, an iPod touch, and now an iPhone. All of them are treated as cameras when I connect them via USB.

I frequently use Nikon Transfer to move images from the Nikon DSLR, and it always opened no matter which of these devices I connected. The preferences in Nikon Transfer don't help, and the options in each of my iDevices preferences gave me nothing to manage this either.

So, when I was digging through Image Capture (it's in /Applications) to decide how to handle my new iPhone's images, I found a device list on the left, and options to change what app would open when you attached them. Once can even determine where to move/copy files on the hard drive. I set my iDevices to open no app when connected and now the only thing that opens Nikon Transfer is my DSLR.

[crarko adds: Image Capture is one of those very useful and often overlooked utilities. It's worth getting to know better.]
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Stop unwanted launching of Photo Import apps
Authored by: victic on Nov 11, '11 08:40:22AM

Great! Was looking for something like this for a while. Thank you!

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Stop unwanted launching of Photo Import apps
Authored by: Fofer on Nov 12, '11 07:21:02AM

Also check out the "Cameras" system pref. 32-bits, Flexibits isn't updating it, but it still works perfectly:

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Stop unwanted launching of Photo Import apps
Authored by: mangochutney on May 07, '13 04:57:32AM

Hi there,

I was wondering if you have any idea how to stop iPhoto from switching to the imported upon launch when an iPhone is already connected.

I found this piece of code in the pref file, but I'm not sure if it does what I want or if it might break something:


Greetings from Trier,


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