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10.7: Auto-copy Photo Stream images to a folder
Authored by: MalEbenSo on Feb 04, '12 11:22:17PM
I have tried to wrap my head around if this can be modified to receive a Photostream from another iCloud-account (my wife's). I don't think so.

We would like to share one account for photos. However she uses a different iCloud account from mine for her addresses etc.
We cannot configure different accounts for Photostream and everything else, nor can I subscribe to somebody elses Photostream.
So to download the pictures from her iPhone to my/our Mac, on the Mac I have to keep an otherwise unused user account running in the background with iPhoto open. Not exactly ideal.

Alternatively: Her iPhone backs up wirelessly to my iTunes. Can her photos be extracted from this backup somehow?

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10.7: Auto-copy Photo Stream images to a folder
Authored by: jhollington on Feb 08, '12 08:15:31AM

Unfortunately, I don't think there's any way around this, since all this script is doing is reading images from a folder that is being created and maintained by the OS X Photo Stream components -- it's actually a fairly basic script that's not doing anything much more magical than copying files from one folder to another :)

However, what my wife and I do for sharing Photo Stream while maintaining separate iCloud data is to simply use a secondary iCloud account for the other data. So on my wife's iPhone, she logs into a "shared" iCloud account as her primary account (basically mine in our case, but it could just as easily be a third "family" account), but doesn't use that for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Mail, etc. Instead, she has a secondary, personal iCloud account on the device for that data.

The downside to this is that it means other primary iCloud services (e.g. Documents and Data and Backups) will only be available on the primary account. Other services can be enabled on the secondary account; Bookmark sync and Find my iPhone can only be enabled on *one* account, although it doesn't need to be the primary one.

The ability to share other services across more than one account also provides for features like having a shared address book -- you could conceivably create a third "family" iCloud account with a set of common contacts and then toggle that on for all of your devices in addition to your personal contacts from your own iCloud account.



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10.7: Auto-copy Photo Stream images to a folder
Authored by: MalEbenSo on Feb 09, '12 02:00:39PM

Thank you for this. If we could setup a "shared account" and use it alongside our private accounts, that would be great.

I am afraid however, that I am missing something regarding implementation: When I go to iCloud in System Preferences on my Mac or on the iPhone, I can enter exactly one account. As far as I understand, this is how Apple designed it. They do not want people to use more than one account per device.



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10.7: Auto-copy Photo Stream images to a folder
Authored by: jhollington on Feb 10, '12 06:40:00AM

Actually, you can setup additional iCloud accounts, but it's not obvious as the default iCloud settings are only for the single, primary iCloud account. However, this is really just a shortcut to the primary iCloud account settings -- if you go into the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" section in the iOS Settings app or the OS X System Preferences you'll see that your iCloud account is also listed there along with any other accounts you have setup. You can add an additional iCloud account from here in the same manner as you would any other e-mail, contact or calendar account.

The second account on iOS will be limited to only those features that can be used on a secondary account -- Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes and Find My iPhone. Note that Bookmarks and Find My iPhone can be used on a secondary account, but can only be used on ONE account at a time, so enabling them on the secondary account will disable them on the primary.

It's also a little bit different on OS X, where the second account can only be used for Mail (which includes Notes), Contacts and Calendar (which include Reminders). Bookmarks and Find My Mac can only be used with the primary iCloud account on OS X.




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