Usually when I write reviews, I’d use the screen capture shortcut (press both power and home buttons together) to save a snapshot of whats on the screen. Once that’s done, the picture shall appear within the Photos application under Saved Photos.
I could then email myself each photo from within Saved Photos. I did that once (for some reasons which I can’t recall why) when I wrote the review for Block Breaker Deluxe 2. But that actually turned out to be a bag of hurt – the iPhone doesn’t support (without 3rd-party applications) sending multiple images in an email so I had to send each image one-by-one, at the same time reminding myself which one I’ve sent and which one not.
There is a shortcut for doing this. And that’s by using your computer. Read on to find out more!
On most modern Windows computers (well, those that meets the minimum requirements to use your iPhone/iPod touch with), when you connect your device to your computer via the USB cable, a new ‘camera device’ will appear under “My Computer”. I say ‘camera device’ because it uses the camera icon. My iPod touch appears simply as ‘Apple iPod’ when connected.
Double-clicking this icon shows you whatever photos that you have – those that are stored within the Saved Photos folder. Note that this doesn’t allow you to browse photos that are sync-ed into your device. From here, you can then use the usual copy and paste procedures to copy the pictures out and into your computer.
On my Windows XP machine, double-clicking any picture shows a preview that wouldn’t render properly, usually showing me an error saying ‘No preview available’. Also, on some occasions, this folder would not refresh itself to show the latest pictures that I’ve added. Disconnecting and then reconnecting the USB cable helps, but only on certain occasions. Bummer.
One method I found to go around this problem is by using the ‘Get Pictures’ command. Simply right-click on the ‘camera device’ and select ‘Get pictures’ from the menu that appears. You’ll be greeted with the ‘Scanner and Camera Wizard’. Click Next and you shall see all the pictures that are currently available in the ‘Saved Photos’ folder. This place seems to be more up-to-date and shall show pictures that have been recently added. Select the picture(s) that you want to copy and click on Next again. The wizard will ask for the location to save your files. Give it the proper location and then click Next. Voila, and you are done!
If you are a Mac user, note that there won’t be any new icon appearing within Finder itself. You can still get the picures off your device and that’s by using the Image Capture application. Connect your device to the USB cable, then locate Image Capture from within the Applications folder. Choose the proper location to download the images to and proceed. Image Capture lets you decide to download some or all images. Automatic Task lets you choose if you want to Preview those images, build a slide show, web page, crop, fit or even send them to another application of choice once the images have been downloaded successfully.
There you have it, tips for both PC and Mac users. Please do leave a comment if you use any other methods to capture those pictures off your device. Thanks!