Is Photo Stream what you want in a cloud-based photo solution?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by thelatinist, Nov 4, 2011.

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Is Photo Stream what you want in a cloud-based photo service?

  1. Yes, I love having a record of every drunken snapshot I take.

    9 vote(s)
    7.4%
  2. Mostly, but I could use the ability to delete a photo now and then.

    54 vote(s)
    44.6%
  3. No, Photo Stream should sync only those photos I keep in my Camera Roll.

    30 vote(s)
    24.8%
  4. No, Photo Stream needs other features I will mention in comments.

    28 vote(s)
    23.1%
  1. thelatinist macrumors 603

    thelatinist

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    #1
    I don't know about everyone else, but what I expect from iCloud is seamless syncing of my content across multiple devices. With iCloud I get this for contacts, etc. But for photos I get not syncing but a stream of every shot -- bad or good, saved or immediately deleted -- that my camera takes (or, as I found out today, that I save from a website). You can't even delete an image from the Photo Stream! This seems incredibly silly to me.

    What I would find actually useful would be the ability to sync my camera roll across multiple devices. That way I could have instant access to every photo I take on my iPhone on any of my devices without having to wade through every out-of-focus snapshot I take. If I delete an image from my camera roll, it should be deleted from all of my devices.

    Am I missing something? Do people really have a use for an indelible record of every single shot they take?
     
  2. urkel macrumors 68030

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    I'm finding photo stream to be useless for me. I take a lot of photos where i tend to keep the good ones for showing off and throw out the rejects. So having a stream of photos that are 90% garbage doesn't make sense.
     
  3. garbeth macrumors regular

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    Turned photo stream off just a few days after first enabling it. The lack of a delete function just killed it for me.
     
  4. ladytonya macrumors 6502a

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    As others have said, my main problem with photo stream is the lack of ability to delete photos. I take a lot of silly pictures in Foursquare, Facebook, SCVNGR, and other similar apps. When I take a picture of a salt shaker at Buffalo Wild Wing to get SCVNGR points, I really don't need that picture to be permanently ensconced in my photo stream! I just have to hold out hope that they will eventually fix this because it really is driving me crazy! Other than this, though, I really do like it.
     
  5. jogales macrumors member

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    Definitely need the ability to delete individual photos. It makes no sense that photos deleted from my camera roll are pushed to all my devices and can't be deleted.

    That being said, it's blocked on my school's network so it's no problem of mine :p
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It managed to be less functional than facebook. Pretty amazing, that feat.
     
  7. saving107 macrumors 603

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    #7
    If not delete, then at least Hide (the option to hide a photo, rather than delete, has been in iPhoto for so many years).
     
  8. big samm macrumors 65816

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    Same here photostream is off on all my idevices and my mac! They have to implement 2 function, the ability to delete in the photostream folder, and the ability to choose which photo get sent to photostream! With that photostream will be a success!!
     
  9. Menel macrumors 603

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    I find its perfect.

    I go somewhere on my bike, take a few photos, get home, after cleaning up, all synced, pull them back through photostream at high speed for editing on ipad photogene, colorlash, cropping whatever.

    Edit, organize into albums, delete unedited copies from device, and upload to my image host. Ipad stays clean and organized.

    I have local albums on ipad for sharing in person, i have web albums for sharing in that way, and i don't have to worry about originals as they are floating in stream in case i decide I'm not satisfied with my edits.

    Surely within 30days ill have spotted any issue with edits and retrieved to fix before they auto vanish.
     
  10. Menel macrumors 603

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    Also, its played well in practice, as I have been using it this way since b2 back around June.
     
  11. Menel macrumors 603

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    and these times when i access it, 99% of the time, I'm just swiping straight to the most recent, no digging through the mess, as the photos I'm needing were JUST taken, and JUST synced.

    Its not meant, at least in my eyes, to be a goto photo place, thats what the Albums section is for. Everyone whined and beat Apple over the head for not allowing ppl to organize photo albums n the tablet itself... Now you can. Use it! :)
     
  12. Bigtree macrumors 6502

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    No I want more features. 1, To be able to delete each photo on any device. 2. allow my 100 gigs of photos on line so I can access them on any device. 3. To offer an online web access to upload to websites. Would pay for this.
     
  13. bushido Suspended

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    no i want to be able to edit or at least chose what gets uploaded. I dont need all the crap every where. Some may even be embarrassing :eek: cant believe theres no "chose to delete" option

    and i wish there would be a gallery option to view them online from any computer (basically what the person above me said)
     
  14. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    Nope, I only want to backup what I choose, not everything.
     
  15. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Besides not working over 3G...what's wrong with it?
     
  16. saving107 macrumors 603

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    ^^^^Everything listed above^^^^

     
  17. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a

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    I don't mind if it uploads everything. I just would like a way to delete items from the stream because only a small percentage of photos are worth keeping or displaying.
     
  18. The General macrumors 601

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    Here's what I want. Every device should have the same camera roll and iPhoto should be able to access it either manually or automatically. There should be an option to save screenshots and saved images separated from the photos taken with the camera. iCloud.com and Apple TV should let me view the photos in my universal camera roll.

    But, if I could change one thing about Photostream, I think I would pick "don't sync screenshots" over "let me delete photos from photo stream".
     
  19. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Yes.
     
  20. redscull macrumors 6502a

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    No, it's useless since I can't access my cloud photos from the web.
     
  21. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    My point was, I disagree with all complaints, except, it should work over 3G.

    Actually I do have one more complaint...I would like to see videos go too.

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    It does do that. Anything saved to the camera roll goes to the stream. I get my screen grabs and anything I save out of photo editing apps on my stream.
     
  22. iKnowMr.Jobs macrumors regular

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    i want to have the option to manually upload my pics to icloud, not have everyone uploaded and drain my battery. How that was overlooked was beyond me.
     
  23. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I think that user meant that Screenshots and Saved images should not be saved to the Photo Stream, but rather in a separate folder (other than the Camera Roll).
     
  24. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    You all do realize that you can turn photo stream off on your iPhone before taking photos...after you take some pictures, delete the photos you don't want, then turn photostream back on, and only those photos in your camera roll get uploaded.

    Also, if you're not on a wifi connections, you can delete the photos from the camera roll without turning off photostream since it will only upload your camera roll when on wifi.

    In terms of saving pictures from the web, you can do the same as mentioned above. 1. Turn off photo stream. 2. Save your image. 3. Move image to new location. 4. Turn photostream back on.

    For most people, it will take a long time to take 1,000 photos. Apple implemented a best for the majority solution. Would it be nice to delete a photo from the photo stream? Yes, but the point of photo stream is not to act as an album, but rather a camera roll in the cloud. Since this is tied to your personal iCloud account, only you have access to them. It's just a holding place so you can wirelessly get your photos onto all your devices. If you don't like a photo...you don't have to import it.

    On Mac OSX, you can even set the preferences to automatically import your photostream directly into events.
     
  25. bushido Suspended

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    thats not a solution thats a work around and not "easy to use" at all
     

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