Photo syncing and organization without iPhoto

exi

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Basically, I'm trying to figure out a way to streamline photo management. What I would like is to be able to manage photos, including organization into albums, without cable syncing through iPhoto.

As is, I have to:

- Take the original picture with my iPhone
- Sync to iPhoto on my MBP
- Organize pics on my MBP
- Sync through iTunes

In order to maintain album structure and organization on my phone.

Is there a more efficient way about this so that I could organize pics on my phone / iPad / MBP into albums, including using keywords, without having to go through my MBP or without having to deal with "duplicates" in the camera roll?
 

exi

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Photo stream doesn't maintain any kind of organization, if I remember correctly. Was never a huge user. Does it?
 

impaler

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Photo stream doesn't maintain any kind of organization, if I remember correctly. Was never a huge user. Does it?
It can, if you create shared photo streams. But generally, it stores them by date taken, up to 1000. It's a poor photo management solution. For me it works fine because I don't spend any time organizing photos. For years, I've kept my photos in Picasa. I tried Loom for a while, but I'm limited on home broadband bandwidth per month.
 

exi

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If I were to go to a Photostream-only approach, with my home laptop set up to import all Photostream pics locally as if it were the "backup," would there be any means of organization that could be managed on the iPhone, even if it requires the iOS version of iPhoto?
 

exi

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Why not iPhoto on iPhone?
I'm open to that. But will any changes and/or tags I make or add to a picture on my phone with the iOS version of iPhoto sync to the Photostream as opposed to locally?

Sorry if it's a silly question -- just haven't used it much.
 

exi

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I'm open to that. But will any changes and/or tags I make or add to a picture on my phone with the iOS version of iPhoto sync to the Photostream as opposed to locally?

Sorry if it's a silly question -- just haven't used it much.
Bump -- has anyone tried to do / is anyone doing this and can speak for it? Just thought I'd ask before I try myself.
 

SanjeevRana

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Bump -- has anyone tried to do / is anyone doing this and can speak for it? Just thought I'd ask before I try myself.
Here's what I do .. Turn Off 'My Photostream'

Create Shared Photostreams (thinking of them as Albums), add photos from the Camera Roll into the required Photostreams (note that they are copied to cloud and not dependent on the local photo in Camera Roll anymore)

I have Picasa on my iMac and weekly I open iPhoto, export any new Photostreams and let Picasa upload as Album

So I have same set of Albums/Streams on both Google and Apple cloud servers.

Drawback - Shared Photostream seem to be lossy and highly dependent on network connectivity for some reason. Picasa is full res (app dependent anyways)

On your question, any edits you make need to made in Camera Roll 'BEFORE' putting the photo into a Photostream. if you edit within the photostream, it will only let you save into Camera Roll as another photo and then you have to put it back into the stream.