As much as I love my iPad (and I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Windows PC person) the lack of ease in transferring photos to applications is frustrating, to say the least.
The issue this time was iDoceo, a brilliant marks book / electronic portfolio / lesson planner which I’ve been using for a while.
I had all my students’ photos on my PC. I’d used the export function in Picasa to resize them and thought I’d save them on a SD Card then import them via the iPad camera kit.
No. You can’t do that, as the camera kit only works for photos created by the camera.
Okay, upload them in DropBox and …
No. Well, yes, but then I’d have to import them one-by-one from Dropbox into the photo roll. So no.
Sync via iTunes? Not a solution I want to use on a regular basis.
I ended up buying pics2phone.
It’s an iPhone app, and it has one of the ugliest (but simplest) interfaces you’ll find.
To use it:
- Create a folder called pics2phone in your Dropbox root folder. (pics2phone may / may not create this for you.)
- Copy folders of photos into the pics2phone folder.
- Start up pics2phone on your iphone / ipad.
- Tap the ‘Download Photos Now’ button.
- pics2phone scans the folder in Dropbox. If it finds new photos it uploads them into your Photos app, with each sub-folder becoming a new album.
That’s it. Photos go into Dropbox, pics2phone imports them into albums.
It’s simple, it’s reliable, it works (and yes, IT is ugly)