Mac Mini plus apple ID's

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  1. Ekirts macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    I own a small design firm and decided to upgrade our (really) old PC's to macs.

    What i am going to do with the Mac mini is set it up to be the file server (I say file server but basically its just a server with a share and the printer on it).

    The question i have is... We take photos on location with our iPhones and I want to sync them all the the Mini so all client images are on it ready to be backed up.

    Whats the best way to do this? Im going to play around tonight but would rather know what is the general accepted way to manage multiple ID's on a single computer.

    Thanks a bunch for any help
     
  2. KScottMyers, May 14, 2012
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    KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    If you setup iCloud for each user (on the Mac and each iPhone) and turn on Photo Stream, the photos will just appear on the Mac once they are uploaded to iCloud. No cables needed to upload photos to the server.

    This would be a pretty easy setup.

    • Setup a login account for each user
    • Turn on Photo Stream for each user (Mac and iPhone)
    • You could also make a shortcut to the Photo Stream directory for easy access to the photos without having to use iPhoto. http://tinyurl.com/6snkhbd
    • Move desired photos to a master server directory as needed.
     
  3. Ekirts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When iCloud says you get 5gb free *not including Photostream what does that mean? Im not sure we would use 5GB of data but i also dont want to have to pay extra for what im trying to do...

    How does it work in with iCloud?
     
  4. KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    Photo Stream holds your last 1000 photos for 30 days before they are deleted. Its a running stream of your photos taken by your iPhone or iPad. You can also add photos to your Photo Stream from your Mac as well. These photos don't count against your free 5GB of space. There is no extra cost involved in using Photo Stream - you just need an iCloud account to use it. Very cool.
     
  5. Ekirts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That does sound good. Just one thing thats confusing me, and im sure when i try it out it will become a stupid question but anyway...

    When you say 1000 photos for 30 days, does that mean in the scenario that i put 500 photos on my mac in the share, then 30 days later they wont appear in the photo stream but will still be on the mac in the share right. And can i make Photostream take photes off the iPhone etc and save them to the Mac mini so when the 30 days life span of them on the stream is up, they are still accessable via a share?

    Thanks for all the help so far :)
     
  6. KScottMyers, May 15, 2012
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    KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    Photo Stream works like this...

    When you take a photo with your iPhone or iPad, the photos are uploaded to iCloud when your iOS device is connected to the internet by Wi-Fi. iCloud will store up to 1000 photos or store them for 30 days. They start to drop off when either condition is met.

    If you upload photos from your Mac into iPhoto, you can have these photos automatically uploaded into iCloud using Photo Stream. This can be done manually as well. You can pick and choose which photos will go into Photo Stream or have it done automatically.

    Photo Stream is not meant for permanent storage - its a running stream of your last 1000 photos or photos taken within the last 30 days. Long enough for you to decide if they are going to me moved to a more permanent place.

    If I understand your scenario - you could shoot photos all day, and then (from your Mac) pick and choose the ones to keep from Photo Stream and move them to a permanent share on the server.

    Also remember - If you delete a Photo Stream photo, that photo is also deleted from every device that is showing your Photo Stream. So if you delete it from your Mac or iPhone - its gone... unless you had copied it to a permanent place before it was deleted.

    This may all sound confusing, but its actually very clever how they devised it.
     
  7. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    Photostream is pretty cool for showing a collage of recent photos (for example) as your apple TV screensaver.

    It's not really a way of transferring photos between computers and devices though, unless you like everything jumbled together with no organization.
     
  8. KScottMyers, May 16, 2012
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    KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    I believe transferring photos between computers and devices is one of its biggest features. Photos are not jumbled together - they are organized by date... and if you actually view them from their finder directory, you can sort them any way you want. Just select the ones you want to keep and organize them however from that point. The ones you never copy out of Photo Stream eventually drop off. Not sure how this could be easier.
     

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