Bournemouth — Jan 15th 2019

Perhaps spurred on by a desperate desire to escape from the saga of the meaningful Brexit vote, 14 members gathered in All Fired Up to hear Mick talk about synchronising Photos between Mac and iOS devices.

The first part of the talk dealt with two synchronising services offered by iCloud; iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream. The former stores all your photos on iCloud, making them available on all devices but has the downside of eating into your iCloud storage allowance. By contrast, My Photo Stream is separate from your storage allowance but is not permanent, only the last 30 days of photos being retained on the cloud for download to a new device.

Next, Mick described the options for synchronising photos via iTunes. This takes a little more setting up but offers more flexibility for synchronising particular albums rather than your whole library.

For more occasional transfer of photos, as opposed to maintaining synchronisation, Mick detailed a few other methods worth thinking about. Airdrop can be used to pass photos directly from one device to another. iCloud Drive works like an external drive accessible from all devices registered to your Apple ID so can be used to transfer photos - or any other files.

Finally MIck reminded us that photos can be downloaded from iOS devices to the Mac using the Photos app itself. Unfortunately it is not possible to transfer photos from iOS devices to the Mac this way.

Follow up questions focussed on the issue of sharing photos with non-Apple users, including the Shared Photo Albums facility and the ability to share files via iCloud Drive - although the latter is limited to one file at a time.

After the coffee break, a particularly successful Q&A session saw solutions demonstrated to a number of problems such as batch changing of photo metadata and windows flowing off the screen in Split View.

In closing the meeting, Tony mentioned that this year’s Bournemouth meetings would be loosely themed around ‘Back to Basics’ and invited members to suggest topics that they would like to hear (or preferably talk!) about.


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Michael Corgan said…

If, like me, you prefer to know where your photo files are, possibly to allow later manipulation using Photoshop or Affinity Photos or any of the other photo apps, then you can store the files in folders of your own creation and download from iPhone or iPad using Image Capture. This will see your iOS device when you connect it to a Mac with a USB cable.
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