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Old Nov 12, 2006, 08:25 PM   #1
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Don't laugh... Philips Keychain Camera Driver?

Don't flame me... I got my daughter (she is 3 and loves to take photos) a Philips Keychain Camera to take photos with and I can only download them via my PC. I've tried a little to find a Mac package that will download the photos, but no luck... does anyone have any ideas?

It is a Keychain USB camera... it is recognized by my mac under system profiler as "dual mode camera" (attached)... I just want to download the photos from the camera to iPhotos ... no fancy stuff!

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Old Nov 12, 2006, 08:39 PM   #2
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Can you use Image Capture?

You should have this software on your Mac. Most Macs do.
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Old Nov 12, 2006, 09:57 PM   #3
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I think this might give you a little insight into your camera; sounds like you aren't the only one with the problem. The blue screen thing sounds a little scary, but I sort of found visualizing the 'taking a hammer to it' thing kind-of cute!

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-79243.html
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Old Nov 12, 2006, 10:16 PM   #4
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If the camera mounts as a drive, you should be able to drag and drop the photos into iPhoto.

As far as automatic transfer, I wouldn't bet on it ever happening. It seems like the camera comes under a few dozen different manufacturers' badges but it's probably not high on Apple's list for compatibility.
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Old Nov 13, 2006, 06:57 AM   #5
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... so the camera doesn't mount as a 'drive' and image capture doesn't 'see' it... I found something on Version Tracker that can utilize it as a webcam, but nothing for pulling off the photos. So far, I am just using my PC to pull the photos off...

Hey, POH, I found lots of Linux users trying to make it work as well ... funny it worked in about 10 seconds on my PC with a itsy bitsy 100k driver but no one in the Mac/Linux community can seem to conquer this little thing. (I am probably not smart enough to conquer it myself... defeated by a $16 camera!)
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I have a similar camera that I brought about 2 years ago.

It takes lovely photos, people don't expect that it's actually a working camera!

Problem is it only works with PCs grrr.. shortly after buying it I decommissioned my last PC, so it's been sitting in my drawer unused for 2 years.

It's only a few dollars, give it away and keep an eye out for a mac compatible model.

Has anyone seen similar cheap tiny cameras that work with OS X?
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Old Nov 13, 2006, 01:04 PM   #7
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Virtual PC?

... I hope I don't have to re-install Virtual PC just to download these photos on my PowerBook!

Anyone ever used one of these with any luck via Virtual PC?

Also, I am going to 'repost' this on the OS X forum to get a little additional eyes on this one ... reposted here ...
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... so the camera doesn't mount as a 'drive' and image capture doesn't 'see' it... I found something on Version Tracker that can utilize it as a webcam, but nothing for pulling off the photos. So far, I am just using my PC to pull the photos off...

Hey, POH, I found lots of Linux users trying to make it work as well ... funny it worked in about 10 seconds on my PC with a itsy bitsy 100k driver but no one in the Mac/Linux community can seem to conquer this little thing. (I am probably not smart enough to conquer it myself... defeated by a $16 camera!)
what application is this that can use it as a webcam?
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what application is this that can use it as a webcam?
It was claimed that someone used it successfully as a webcam with macam but did not claim success regarding copying off the movies or the still images (user was not specific regarding which version of OS9, X or which version of macam used. I have tried macam 0.9 with 10.4.8 on my G4 laptop and the software doesn't 'recognize' the camera is attached.
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Great Find, POHeerwig!

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I think this might give you a little insight into your camera; sounds like you aren't the only one with the problem. The blue screen thing sounds a little scary, but I sort of found visualizing the 'taking a hammer to it' thing kind-of cute!

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-79243.html
Thanks, POHeerwig... that link was great... just what I was looking for... I didn't find anything that useful on the topic ... you are some sort of 'Google' Princess or something!
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