What is the best Windows software to import iPhone photos? (and delete all photos )

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  1. sagah macrumors member

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  2. PaulNY macrumors member

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    You don't really need any software...you can do that with Explorer. iPhone shows up as a disk drive, you can drag/drop the photos wherever you like and then delete the photos from the iPhone drive. Pretty easy and straight forward.
     
  3. sagah thread starter macrumors member

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    Will information about when the picture was taken be saved if I drag and drop it?
     
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    If you're looking for a cable-free solution then I suggest Dropbox.

    You can set the iPhone Dropbox app to auto-upload every photo you take. Then instal the Windows Dropbox folder on your PC and everything will show up there. You just have to manually move them every now and then before you fill up your free Dropbox space, but you should have several weeks worth of photos before that happens.

    That won't erase the photos on your iPhone, but you can at least feel free to mass-erase stuff using Windows Explorer whenever you feel like it, knowing that you have safety copies already.


    That might mess it up for Windows, which looks at the file date. (Not sure, but maybe.) But the EXIF data in the photo will always maintain the 'taken on' date. You should get a photo-library app (like Adobe Photoshop Elements) which looks at EXIF data and not file dates.

    (But test this yourself. It's possible Windows won't mess up the date when copying.)
     
  5. sagah thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks.

    Do I just drag the folder labeled "DCIM" under "Internal Storage" under "..'s iPhone" to the Pictures folder? Will the DCIM folder contain the pictures and movies and nothing else?

    Also where would be a good place to store the videos and pictures online so that they don't get lost in case of data loss and also doesn't take up the limited storage of personal computer?
     
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    A lot of people are turning to Picassa or Flickr these days. In both cases I suspect you could then you use their iPhone apps to upload from the phone to their server and skip the PC altogether.

    If you do use Dropbox it's certainly possible to use the 'Selective Sync' feature to turn off a folder on your computer, so the files exist on the server but never download to your PC.
     
  7. sagah thread starter macrumors member

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    Will Picasa preserve the original size of the pictures?
     
  8. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    You can only download media not just any files.
     
  9. sagah thread starter macrumors member

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    Is EXIF data preserved when you upload the pictures to Facebook? Google +?
     
  10. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    I think every version of Windows XP and above does this natively.
    No software needed.
    You connect the iPhone -- it recognizes it as a "camera" and offers to import the photos -- you tell it which folder to put the photos -- you click the little box asking whether to delete the photos off of the "camera" -- and it takes it from there.
    Original sizes and EXIF data are preserved.
     
  11. sagah thread starter macrumors member

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    I know original size and exif is preserved on the computer itself, but what about when you upload it to Facebook and google plus? If you delete your pictures from your computer after you upload them to Facebook or google plus, and then download the pictures from Facebook or Google, would the size and exif be preserved?
     
  12. chdwil macrumors regular

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    If you want to import, edit, and file with ease. Look at Adobe Lightroom. It is very affordable for all it offers.
     
  13. BeeGood macrumors 65816

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    I use Picasa via a app called MyPics to upload directly from my phone, but Picasa does have a desktop application for Windows. I haven't used it in years though so I'm not sure if it maintains the "taken date". I've always just created folders to group together Pics and videos.
     
  14. chdwil macrumors regular

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    No, they will have loss of quality and will not look very good
     

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