PhotoSync


PhotoSync ($ 1.99) by touchbyte GmBH

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

I just made the leap back to Mac after about 13 years of suffering with PCs! Thank you, thank you… please hold your applause. One of the first things I did after firing up my shiny new MacBook Pro was to go hunting for apps to install (yes, PC users, Apple also has an App Store just for Mac users), and I grabbed PhotoSync right away because I’m constantly moving photos off my iPhone to use on my desktop computer. In the past I’ve always relied on WifiPhoto to do this job but I wanted to see what, if anything, PhotoSync could do better.

Bottom line? PhotoSync does *almost* everything better, and it does way more! I still plan to use WifiPhoto for getting screenshots off my iPhone (I’ll explain why later) but if you’ve got a Mac (or PC) with PhotoSync installed and an iPhone or iPad with PhotoSync installed, the whole thing is just ridiculously easy. The desktop app isn’t mandatory, but it’s free so hey why not.

So far I’ve only moved photos back and forth between my iPhone 4 and MacBook… that’s right kids, file transfer here swings both ways… but you can also send your photos to other iDevices, to Dropbox, to a whole bunch of social places like Facebook, Picasa, and Flickr, and you can even go with FTP if you’re a SuperNerd.


So why am I still using WifiPhoto to move screenshots to my Mac? WELL… because WifiPhoto, unsophisticated as it may be, automatically converts screenshots from PNG to JPG format, and I like that. If PhotoSync could make that happen, or at least give a file type option, then I’d probably just delete WifiPhoto entirely.

Also, I was able to transfer videos from iPhone to Mac, but trying to send a video back to my iPhone appeared to work but I couldn’t find the video in my camera roll. Not a big deal since I don’t see myself ever needing to do this, but if I screwed something up I couldn’t tell you what I did wrong.

Still, PhotoSync seems to do everything else right. It’s great for backing up your pics & movies, transferring photos to your device, and if you’re one of those people who shares everything with everyone it can help you do that, too.

Visual Presentation Nice
Ease of Use Super easy
Functionality Awesome, especially if you have a Mac with the corresponding free desktop app installed
Value vs. Price You won’t miss $ 2 if you take a lot of pics with your iPhone or iPad
Overall Tons of features + seamless Mac integration = Great
App Name: PhotoSync (iTunes)
Version: 1.4.1
Price as of this writing: $ 1.99. A free version of this app is not available at this time.
iTunes category: Photo & Video
Available on: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Developer: touchbyte GmBH
Device & iOS used for review: iPhone 4, iOS 5.0 (and a MacBook Pro)

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