PhotoSync iPad App Review

PhotoSync iPad App Review

PhotoSync is a great universal app that can wirelessly sync your photos among your iOS devices and your desktop computer.

I was using a different iOS app (which shall remain nameless) to send photos between my iPhone and iPad, but it was fussy. It had to transfer photos and videos separately, could only do batches of a certain number of photos at a time (10 at a time, if I recall correctly), and was somewhat crashy. However, at the time, I picked it because it didn’t resize photos before transferring to a different device. It could also transfer photos to a computer via a web interface. That app was fine for occasional use, but it was clunky. PhotoSync is a much more stable and useful app for wirelessly transferring photos in my experience.

There’s not much to it. It has an interface for choosing your photos and videos from your Saved Photos album, Camera Roll, or other albums stored on your iOS device. Once you’ve selected the items you want to transfer, hit the red sync button, and that’s it, easy peasy. You could also choose to sync all of the photos/videos in an album from the sync menu, or ready your device to receive photos/videos from another device. PhotoSync will show you a clear progress bar indicating the status of your file transfer.

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To send to or receive photos/videos from a computer, you can either use the web interface by entering the URL indicated by PhotoSync in the dialog. Or your can download a small helper app from PhotoSync to install on your computer so that the computer just shows up as another device in PhotoSync. I prefer using the helper app to make things a little easier when transferring from or sending to a computer, but having the web interface is useful if you can’t install the helper app for some reason, or are transferring files to a friend’s or client’s machine, for example.

One great feature of PhotoSync that I love is being able to view your photos in the app by tapping on the eye icon at the lower left of the screen. Sometimes the thumbnails are too small to distinguish between similar photos, so being able to view photos without having to go to another photo viewing app is quite convenient. In this mode you can also e-mail photos, but just one at a time.

The other convenient feature of PhotoSync is being able to send photos to online sources like Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook, and Smugmug. In the settings you can configure the login info for the different online services, and even arrange the order they’re listed in the sync menu according to priority you want.

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It’s a little unfortunate that you can’t batch e-mail photos from PhotoSync, because then it could’ve been a “one-stop shop” replacement for the iOS Photos app, but that’s not the real aim of PhotoSync, so I’ll let that slide. 🙂 And even though the upcoming iCloud service from Apple is going to negate some of the need for syncing photos among your iOS devices and your computer(s), the uploading feature to send photos and videos out to Flickr, Facebook, and other online services is still worth the purchase. PhotoSync is available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99.

Download PhotoSync here: PhotoSync iPad App on iTunes

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Author: Cheryl

Cheryl didn't fully get into photography as a hobby until after graduating from college. The first camera she used on a regular basis was a Canon Powershot A70 point-and-shoot. A couple Sony and Casio point-and-shoots later, she bought a Sony DSC-F717, which would become a workhorse for her and a gateway camera to her first DSLR, the Nikon D70. From there, Cheryl continues to experiment with all sorts of photography equipment and techniques for both digital and film. Her latest main photographic interest has been "iPhoneography", a term usually used for photos taken, edited, and uploaded directly from iPhones.

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  1. Thanks for the review.

    It’s a bit unclear if PhotoSync can also _download_ image galleries organized in sub-folders on a server (say, on ftp server/dropbox/google drive/etc.) to iPhone and inject the images to the standard iPhone Photo library, while retaining images in the folder structure (aka album names).

    So far, many sync’ing apps simply get rid of the album structure and show the images all in a single album. That’t ridiculous once you have thousands of photos on the home NAS server.

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