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How to get photos onto iPad without iTunes or Camera Kit

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Cookster670, Jun 18, 2010.

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    Hi Guys..my first post

    I have searched long and wide and cannot find an answer to my question, so hoping you guys can help me out.

    I have an iPad and sync everything, including my photos, from my desktop PC. ie one itunes library..which is fine by me

    I have a netbook PC which i take with me on holidays to backup my photos and edit them at the end of each day. I'm an amateur photographer, so it's important to me to be able to back them up from my SD card to my netbook, correct them..etc, and then when i get home i upload to my desktop PC

    However now I have an iPad, which has such a beautiful display, i'm wondering if there is a way to get the photos from my netbook to my ipad while away.

    I know there are "ways" so sync an ipad to two computers, but that seems to be problematic if you already synch all your data from another computer.

    I know I can get a camera connection kit, but it scales down the photo and probably does destructive edits (ie edits that change the original file) so that doesn't really suit either.

    So what i want to know if there is a way i can do my edits then copy them to the ipad. The only thing i can think of is to do the edits on the netbook, export them to an SD card, and then import that SD card via the connection kit.

    Any other ways ? Something simpler..ie like an app that will let me connect the ipad to my netbook and drag and drop ?

    Thanks in advance for any help
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    Just purchased the "Photo Transfer" app last night and it is fabulous. Take a look at it, it may be just what you need.
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    dropbox is another app that might work for you.

    Its a free install for your ipad/iphone/droid/pc/mac..

    You install it on all systems you want to share files with (online repository).

    The online shares are linked to folders on your PC/Mac. You can drag files (photos, documents, pdf, mp3, anything your iPad can view or open) into your dropbox share and you can grab it in your dropbox App on your mobile device.

    I export small JPGs from my lightroom catalog directly to my dropbox folder and instantly can view them on my ipad. its VERY fast.. I am VERY impressed with the app. I have it installed on my PC at home and my laptop at work as well as my iPad and my Droid. pretty f'n sweet I tell ya!

    Obviously it requires a network / wifi connection ..but thats kinda assumed.

    I am *hoping!* for a lightroom app or some sort of tethering application for the iPad .. we will see.

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    Like bleighty said, Dropbox works really well. You could also take the low-tech approach and simply email them to yourself.
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    +1 for Photo Transfer!!!

    Great application to get files from PC to iPad very quickly.

    $2.99 purchase but well worth it for what it does. Also looks like you can send to another iPad or mobile device. Its little apps like this that make the systems so damn cool.

    Now.. if only it could save into specific folders for better organization.. well.. then we'd have something here.
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    You could also upload them to a photobucket or flickr account and then download them via the app linked to your account on your iPad.
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    Another vote for Dropbox. My Linux work desktop/Windows work laptop/personal MacBook/personal Linux station/iPhone/iPad, all linked by a common, free Dropbox account. Works wonderfully.
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    Ever consider some of the photo editing software that is available for the iPad? Might just go from the Camera to the iPad....
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    Thanks for all your reponses guys. I already have a drop box via picasa and that photo transfer app does seem useful, however when traveling, I cant assume I'll have a wifi connection. I was hoping for a method that used the USB cable.

    I think I'll download that photo transfer app anyway..seems like a good idea..just wish it worked with a cable as well
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    Check out airstash.com
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    Another vote for Dropbox. You can access it from any computer and have your pics accessible anytime you have the internet.
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    Thanks guys. The issue is I wont have internet on vote devices. Possibly not even one. But I did find a solution.

    I can update the photos on the netbook

    Then copy all of the edited photos to a blank ad card to a folder named DCIM

    Then use camera connection kit to import photos from card.

    So a bit convoluted, but it means that I only have to edit photos once and can then display them on the iPad screen. It's not a perfect solution but good enough
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    Photo Transfer is awesome. it can transfer up to 32 photos at a time over Wifi from your iPhone to the iPad. It's very fast and error free in my experience.
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    Get the camera connection kit and an SD card. Copy pics to the SD card on your laptop. Plug it in to the iPad with the camera connection kit. I was under the impression that this would work, but I havent tried it myself yet.

    EDIT: Nevermind, you mentioned that it would scale them down. I didnt know that. I know it pulls the JPG out of a RAW file, but didnt know it would scale them down. On the other hand, you wont be able to store a lot of super high res photos in your iPad. I actually like how iTunes scales them down - saves a lot of space. I do all the sophisticated editing and such on my laptop anyway.
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    All I do is if I need photos from my iPhone to my iPad I email the photos to my email account and pick it up on my iPad.
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    I'm not so sure it does resize photos on import now. It does if mailing them....but thats ok. I need to do more research to confirm

    Now I know that there are dozens of ways to do this if you HAVE an internet connection, but I am assuming I won't. So if anyone has any suggestions other than whats already mentioned would love to hear it
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    Aha! Worked out a solution. Well 2 solutions in fact

    1) download a free product called connectify which turns your windows laptop into a wireless access point. You can then use photo transfer app. Unfortunately it doesn't work on windows 7 Starter edition, so I couldn't use this

    2) setup your laptop/net book as an adhoc wireless network. Real easy and works on windows 7 starter. It took me about 30 seconds to enable, then i could use photo transfer app to xfer all the photos

    VOILÀ !!!
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    I use an eye-fi extreme x2 card, a flickr pro account $24yr and the flickr stacker app.
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    So is that getting it "onto" your ipad or just making them viewable from your iPad. I'm not familiar with the flickr app

    Many things are possible if you have an internet connection. Its the absence of an internet connection and iTunes that makes it tricky, so hopefully my solution helps people with that dilemma.
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