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Use Dropbox and Automator to automatically import photos from Android Phones
I have an Android phone and wanted to automatically save photos that I take in iPhoto, similar to the Photo Stream feature that iPhones have. Dropbox has a feature that automatically uploads photos that you take into a folder called "Camera Uploads,Ē which is synced across all of my devices, so was a perfect candidate for creating a cross-platform Photo Stream.

First, I needed to import the existing "Camera Uploads" photos into iPhoto, as the folder action only triggers when a new file appears in the folder. Once this has been done, the folder action can be created.

Open Automator and create a new Folder Action. Select the folder "Camera Uploads" (in the Dropbox folder).

Next, drag "Import files into iPhoto" from the list of actions to the main window. Select the album to import into, and choose whether to delete the photos after import or not (I chose not to).

Save and give the folder action a name.

Quit Automator and iPhoto.

To test it, I took a picture with my phone, and allowed Dropbox to upload it. As soon as my MacBook downloaded the file, iPhoto opened, and the new picture was imported. iPhoto then quit automatically.

[kirkmc adds: I donít have an Android phone, and cannot test this, but it seems pretty straightforward.]
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Use Dropbox and Automator to automatically import photos from Android
Authored by: adayzdone on Apr 25, '13 09:20:41AM

Is there a way to delete the photos from your phone after they are imported to iPhoto. If you delete them from the Dropbox folder, they repopulate on the next sync.



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Use Dropbox and Automator to automatically import photos from Android
Authored by: steresi on Apr 26, '13 07:20:54AM

In reply to the comment above, if I delete the photos from my Camera Uploads folder on my computer, they don't reappear after the next sync. No need to go to the phone to delete them



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Use Dropbox and Automator to automatically import photos from Android
Authored by: dny238 on May 31, '13 12:25:23PM

This solution doesn't actually work out that well in my experience... Two problems:

1) The files stay in "Camera Uploads", filling your dropbox. Having files in two places on your computer.
2) iPhoto keeps popping to the front as individual files are downloaded one by one from Dropbox. Driving people crazy.

I combined this Automator idea, with the 'Auto Import' folder concept detailed here...

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/iphoto-automatically-import-photos-from-your-mac

Once you have the 'Auto Import' folder in your navigation bar on the left side, you can create an Automator Script to monitor the Camera Uploads and then move the files to 'Auto Import'. The next time you open iPhoto it will import stuff. Dropbox doesn't overfill because it's moving the items out of Camera Upload. You only have one instance of the picture on your hard drive, etc...

Thanks for this post, it was very helpful.



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Use Dropbox and Automator to automatically import photos from Android
Authored by: dny238 on May 31, '13 08:08:10PM

I had to modify the automator action slightly from my previous post to get it to work.

1) Folder Action receives files and folders added to "Camera Uploads"
2) Get Folder Contents
3) Move Finder Items: Auto Import



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