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Easily access photos from iOS devices in Finder
Authored by: greyjay on Apr 09, '12 10:08:39AM

Or forget about half-assed 3rd-party WiFi-transfer apps and / or tethering:

Try Cloud Photos a new app that (finally) leverages DropBox, from the front end, for syncing and more importantly organizing photos in folders, from within the app. More than that it conserves storage space on the device by uploading native files to the DropBox servers, and retaining a thumbnail version of each photo on the device for local viewing. If you want to edit a photo on the phone, download a higher-res version (from within the app) of the photo from DropBox servers. DropBox in iOS allows one to limit the local storage capacity with an in-app preference setting.

Use the in-app camera (and specify a target folder before taking the photo), or move / copy any or all of your camera roll into custom DropBox directories. In my case, I had over 2GB of photos in the cameral roll on a 16GB iPhone4S, and worrying about depleting precious storage capacity with 8MP photos. Now my photo library sits in DropBox, accessible from the phone and all other linked-devices. I set a 500MB local storage limit for DropBox, and the low-res (local) images occupy only a few hundred kilobytes of storage. And it syncs over 3G, if desired and if you have the data allowance to accommodate it.

Of note: DropBox just upped their referral incentive to 500MB per referral, max 16GB. They also currently offer a 3GB incentive for testing the "Camera Upload" beta release.



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