Why use Image Capture over Finder?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Siderz, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    #1
    On my new Mac, Image Capture opens automatically when I plug in a memory stick.

    This wasn't happening on my old one, and I've never opened Image Capture.

    I would always just import pictures and video via Finder...why bother using another application to import pictures?

    It seems I can't even preview pictures in Image Capture at full screen...
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #2
    I just use Finder, Quick Look and Preview for pics.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    #3
    Exactly! Why on Earth does Image Capture exist? It looks pointless to me.
     
  4. Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #4
    I use LightRoom not Finder because that's where my photos get imported too.
     
  5. Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #5
    It allows you to import images from dives, scanners, cameras, networks, etc. without all the overhead of iPhoto or other apps. There is also some awesome Automator routines that can be used to automatically import images.
     
  6. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #6
  7. Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #7
    My scanner has since stopped providing updated applications and now it tells its customers to use Image Capture. So in a sense it I have to use it for my scanner but as I mentioned I don't use it for importing images
     
  8. Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #8
    I don't blame them. Why maintain an app when Apple will do it for them? Image Capture is easy to use. It's a really good app.
     
  9. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #9
    I guess I fail to see why it's better than simply dragging and dropping images using Finder.
     
  10. macrumors 68020

    FSMBP

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    #10
    To get photos/videos off your iPhone, you can do it via Image Capture (and not Finder). I don't want to sync or use iPhoto (bloatware for me). If I recorded a long video on my iPhone and just want to have it on my Mac, Image Capture is very straight-forward on getting the video without any hassle.
     
  11. Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #11
    It does more than just allow you to import images from a drive. It imports images from pretty much any source (even scanners, iPhones, network drives) and rarely needs drivers to support these actions. Add in Automator hooks and the ability to use IC with AppleScript and it's sweet tool. Most users might never use it (except for maybe scanning) though.

    Years ago I worked in a visual communication lab at a college and I wrote all sorts of apps using IC to import and backup images from computers to servers. It really became my go-to tool for such tasks. Since I stopped working at that lab, I really haven't had much of a need for it.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    #12
    Why bother having another application open up when you can just use what's already open; Finder?

    Automator routines sounds good though. I've only been able to use Automator to rename a batch of files, I'd love to put it through its paces one day.
     
  13. macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    #13
    Because it does a lot more than that. I use it as the scanning interface for my EPSON scanner. IC allows me to control all the parameters of the scanner directly.

    However, it should be possible to stop it from launching when you plug in a "memory stick". Presumably not every USB flash drive? But if OS X thinks the stick is a camera's memory card, then you can control that from iPhoto's preferences.
     
  14. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #14
    I just use Dropbox for getting pics/videos from my iPhone. It works whether I'm plugged in or not, no matter where I am.

    My scanner came with its own app, which works extremely well for me. I guess if someone didn't have such an app, IC would be useful.
     
  15. macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Location:
    Sol III - Terra
    #15
    How do you drag and drop from a scanner? That's what Image Capture is for and for the few cameras that don't offer drag and drop. iOS devices for instance don't allow you to access the photos on them from finder.

    However, for SD/CF/etc cards, I do agree that finder tends to be much easier to use.
     
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2012
    #16
    It would be really useful if Apple would just allow us to show the iOS device in Finder.

    That's what happens on Windows Explorer.
     
  17. Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #17
    Because it does way more than finder. As I said, finder just allows you to copy files. It's not an image importer where you can sync images and grab from multiple source.

    I use Dropbox as well, but not everyone wants their images in the cloud.
     
  18. Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #18
    Unfortunately the app was much more flexible and powerful then image capture - its a step down :( They still maintain a windows version so now all my scanning needs are done by way of windows and synced up through dropbox
     
  19. Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #19
    Ouch. What features did they eliminate?
     
  20. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #20
    As I said, my scanner came with its own app.
    This may help: iExplorer
    I understand. I don't make my default image folder public. I only use it to sync between my phone and Mac. I manually select images and put them in another folder if I want to share them with others.
     
  21. macrumors 68040

    fisherking

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Location:
    brooklyn
    #21
    imagecapture IS great for reasons mentioned above, and easy to disable if you don't want to use it.

    i take pics for work regularly, and don't want them in my (personal) iPhoto..i drag from the IC window to a folder on my desktop. done.
     
  22. Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #22
    Mostly the PDF capabilities particularly in scanning multiple documents. Scannign profiles for scanning images versus documents including descreening and unsharp masks.
     

Share This Page