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I can share my OS X iPhoto library amongst other Macs - why not with iOS iPhoto?

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Stephan_H Calculating status...
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It seems so natural to have access with iOS iPhoto to my OS X iPhoto library, but it just seems not to be possible. Yeah... there is Fotostream, but I don't want my highres photos transferred through my internet connection, that seems awkward for home use.

iPhoto (iOS), iOS 5.1
  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,450 points)

    Connect yourvipad to your computer, start iTunes. Select your iPad in the left column of iTunes and select Photos in the right column. Ten select the albums from iPhoto on your Mac that you want on your iPad. Click on Apply and then Sync.


    The photo albums you selected will then be available on your iPad to use in iPhoto for iOS.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,450 points)

    Are you looking to have iPhoto for iOS connect to your Mac directly? So far the iPad has not had this type of networking built in except for sync via Wi-Fi which is not what you want to do.

  • keithmc007 Calculating status...

    I have the same challenge.  I have iPhoto on my iPad and I have iTunes set up to sync some photos / albums to my iPad.


    I have edited some of these photos using iPhoto on my iPad and I would now like those photos to sync back with my photos on my Mac.  I simply can't see how to do this using iTunes.


    The iPad version of iPhoto has an option to 'Share with iTunes' but I don't see what this actually does?  I have selected a number of photos on the iPad and chosen the option to 'Share with iTunes'.  A progress bar appears and there are no errors, but nothing seems to happen.  When the iPad is connected to iTunes there are no new photos trasfered from the iPad to the Mac.  iPhoto on the Mac launches automatically but does not show any new (or edited) photos.


    I'm at a loss for how to transfer photos edited on my iPad with iPhoto back to iPhoto on my Mac.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,450 points)


    The save to iTunes is the only way I know to save a file back to the Mac or pc without having its size decreased. When you save to iTunes the file is saved to the file sharing portion of iPhoto for iOS. So after you sync with your computer, select your iPad in the left column of iTunes on your computer then select Apps. The right window of iTunes will then display your apps and the file sharing content they have. Your iPhoto for iOS photos that you previously shared to iTunes will be there and you can drag them to your computer for archiving, further work, etc.

  • keithmc007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply.


    I found that in iPhoto on iOS there is a more elegant way to save back to iPhoto on my MacBook Pro.  In iPhoto on iOS I select the option to share and share it with my Camera Roll.  When I then connect my iPad to my MacBook it automatically adds the photo I shared into iPhoto on my MacBook.

  • redshirt1701 Calculating status...

    I've had the same basic issue and I think I've found the solution Apple wantes us to use.


    My case Scenario -

    I take my camera and Ipad on vaction.

    I take too many pictures, many of them lousy.

    I put them on the iPad in iPhoto and proceed to edit & flag the 10% that are worth sharing.


    I now want to move these limited photos to my mac and into iPhoto to share with wife, et al.


    Keithmc007 - you had half the equation -

    Share to iTunes.


    The other half -

    Connect iPad to Mac.

    Open iTunes, select iPad.

    Choose APPS tab.

    Bottom left choose iPhoto.

    Pick the shared folders and copy to desktop

    import to iPhoto.


    Not as clean as I'd like (mark smart album in iPad iPhoto to sync to iPhoto on Mac)  but best I can find.


    Whole solution -

  • Erik Winberg Calculating status...

    There is a bigger issue here though - the media library should be the platform for moving and accessing all media, and it should be  app neutral and available for sharing across the network.  For me, iPhoto using iPhoto would create an unnecessary additional step - I use my iPad more and more, but I only use Aperture or Photoshop for working with images.  Should I or apple solve this do you think?

  • Thamesway Calculating status...

    Having just purchased an iMac with huge storage for the photo collection (larger than any iPhone/iPad can store - I do NOT want to do a sync with iPhone etc or iCloud it!),


    So I immediately looked for solution to the OP's question.


    1. Amazing that Apple has no 'native' solution. Yes, you can share your IPhoto catalog with other Macs running iPhotos, but not with iPhone/iPad verison of iPhoto!!


    2. There appears to be just one thought out solution on the App Store, called AirPhotoViewer. You install the server program on Windows or MAC OS then can browse the photo collection on iPad/iPhone (a dollar app) without syncing it.


    The support page is tantalizing short on detail but does hint that a cache of lower-res images is kept, this is exactly what I want so the catalog can be browsed efficiently across our home WiFi.


    It also hints at being able to view the catalog via a Web browser on same WiFi network, and no need to enter IP addresses, finding is automatic. Same dev has a more expensive viewer app that can do more, I am just not sure what the difference is.


    So disappointing that I only discover that AirPhotoServer bit is not compatible with my 10.6.8 MAC OS - only discoverable AFTER downloading, installing and then attempting to launch it! It needs 10.7 or higher. The Dev says he has updated his page to reflect this now.


    I am not in the mood this weekend do a rush $29 upgrade to Lion, having read such mixed reviews about it. Maybe the UI is not even as convenient as Leopard?


    So if anyone else fancies trying AirPhotoViewer, please report back with your experience on this thread!


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