Photo Transfer: Scoring When Apple Simply Punts

Bottom line readers might be interested in this bottom line: If you want to get your photos to your iPad and know for sure that they’re going to get there, I have yet another program that did an end run around Apple. Photo Transfer will move your photos between any folder on your hard drive to iPad photos with a touch and a mouse click.

Who needs bullet points when it’s that simple?

In addition, I discuss why Baptist Preachers’ Kids know filthier words than anyone else, why the words “my husband” and “respect” rarely occur in the same sentence, whether Apple’s motives for slacking on wireless connections is from laziness or a libertarian theory of government, and, now that I think of it, that’s pretty much it.

It’s hard to discuss funny anecdotes about cats and rescue friends when you’re cursing at Apple because transferring photos from your laptop to your iPad is as simple as earning a degree in neurobiology, completing your medical residency and performing emergency brain surgery on a patient hemorrhaging from thirty seven different blood vessels while experiencing grand mal seizures.1

That’s if you figured out how to do it, yet. Or even tried.

If you’re like me, the next time you hear about the magic of syncing through iTunes, you will probably, well, probably do nothing more than piss and moan because your iPad cost too damn much to toss through the window and into the backyard.

But for once Apple’s misfeasance provided me with an opportunity to actually impress Carol the way I used to before she married me. Married men know what I mean by this–before she had a chance to compile the “cons” side of her little checklist because we were so much in love she convinced herself those little imperfections would simply dissolve away once the bonds of marriage were forged at the altar.

I was minding my own business, rebooting my iPad for the second time today because Farm Frenzy 2 crashed it one more time when I heard a long string of words usher forth from Carol’s mouth that would have made me blush if she hand’t learned them from me.

Where would a Baptist Preacher’s Kid learn words like that? Here’s a secret you may not about BPKs. All the big kids love to shock us by showing us stuff they assume BPKs would never know. And the first couple of times, we are shocked. Before long, however, we know more swear words, more female body parts, and the locations of more bars that don’t look at drivers’ licenses than any two juvenile delinquents and their soon-to-be dropout girlfriends.

I had a particular advantage over other BPKs because my uncles and cousins were BPKs too. While our dads were sitting over the kitchen table with coffee steaming and Bibles open, we were in the back of the house trading our latest nuggets of taboo knowledge. By the time I was in high school I could shock the college kids who thought they could shock me. And my fake IDs were a lot more convincing.

So when I heard all those words echoing around the room (or maybe she was just saying them over and over again), I simply said, “What’s wrong, dear?”

At that became the moment when my opportunity arose. Because Carol said, “I wish there was a way to get pictures onto the iPad without using iTunes.”

“Download Photo Transfer from the App store,” I told her.

Skeptically, she did. She was mildly pleased when she realized I already paid for it so she wouldn’t add to our already mounting App Store tab.

When she finished transferring her photos she said, “You should try this app. In fact, you should review it.”

Well, there’s only so much credit a wife can give or we might begin to take them for granted.

From desktop to iPad

Photo Transfer does what Apple seems unwilling to do. It provides a way to transfer your photos from your hard drive to your iPad without

  • physically linking to iTunes using the USB cable, or
  • the equally cumbersome email forward option.

For three dollars it’s well worth the download.

Jenny loves it because she can now look at her picture on our laptops or iPad. In fact, when she decides its time for me to play instead of work on the blog, I simply show her her picture in Photos and she calms down for a few hours.

I could break this review down into sections, but that seems almost pointless, the app is so easy to use. But if you want sections I’ll provide the headline and let you fill in the text yourself. It shouldn’t be hard.

Photo Transfer is easy

Photo Transfer is cheap

Now that we got that out of the way, let me show you how easy it is.

Once you launch Photo Transfer you merely need to type your iPads URL into your home computer browser to establish a connection.

Make a connection with Photo Transfer, but don’t use this address

The Transfer dialogue will appear on your home computer’s browser. You can upload photos from any folder on your computer or send them from your iPad to your computer.

You don’t need instructions. Photo Transfer walks you through every step.

You don’t have to create a special folder. Photo Transfer will let you browse to any folder on your hard drive. You can use your computer’s command key combinations to select one photo, a sequence of photos or any combination.

Find photos in any folder on your hard drive.

After you select the photos, you will see a counter in your browser showing you how far Photo Transfer has progressed with the upload. When everything’s done, your iPad will let you know.

Find photos in any folder on your hard drive.

As soon as you close the app, you can find your photos in iPad’s Photo app. Then, if you’re married or in any kind of relationship, you will turn to the object of your affection and say, “You’ve got to try this. It’s so __________ easy.” Even if you’re a devout Christian who never swears, some superlative adjective will occur to you.

So why does Apple drag its feet on wireless application?

I was pondering this while typing this review and was in the process of formulating a theory. Just as I was about to type it, Carol came into the room and announced why she thought Apple seems so lackadaisical about wireless support.

My theory first: Apple wants Windows users to buy iPads. But developing apps that will actually work seamlessly with the Windows OS would be a nightmare. So the iTunes interface represents their best attempt to hack code in Windows.

This is very reasonable. If you’re a Windows user. But my wife and I have been faithful Mac Users for more than two decades. Why should we have to suffer from their low standards?

Here’s a thought, Apple. Develop a nice wireless interface to allow the iPad to communicate with Macs, and let Windows users fend for themselves. Then when they learn how easy it is to link their iPads with Macs, they’ll finally dump their dinosaurs.

Carol’s theory: Apple wants to develop the perfect Republican/Libertarian model for government. Do as little as you can and outsource the rest. Then claim you’re keeping taxes (prices) down.

This makes a lot of sense to me. But I came up with my version first.

Your guess is as good as ours. What do you think? Email me at iPad Envy with your thoughts. Or comment on the blog.

In conclusion, Carol said to me just before dinner time, “I’m so glad I found that Photo Transfer app in the App Store.”

I, of course, said, “Wait a minute. I told you about Photo Transfer.”

Carol smiled and said, “How long has it been since you made dinner for me, mister ‘you will love being married to me because you support the women’s movement?'”

Have I told readers how much I love Carol? A man couldn’t find a better wife.

1The Mayo Clinic spells it “Grand Mal” and I trust the Mayo Clinic’s spelling more than I trust all of the question and answer web sites that spell it “grand mall.”back

Jenny Manytoes rates

Jenny Manytoes makes biscuits on Photo Transfer. So does Carol for that matter. And so do I.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

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iPad Envy.


About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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