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Diane Ward Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

I can find information about photo stream, how to turn it on, but what I need to know is how to get photos off the stream and onto any device?  Is this possible?  If not what's the use, the photos will be gone after certain  number of days. 

 

I dont want to just see the stream as it doesn't last, I thought the whole idea was to be able to get them from one device to another. 

 

Specifically if I load photos to my lap top can I download them to my ipad.  Not view the stream, download them.

 

Thanks,

 

DMW

  • 1. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    Set PhotoStream up in iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac, and the photos will automatically be downloaded.

     

    Copied from: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4486

     

    iCloud pushes all your Photo Stream photos to your devices and computers, and manages them efficiently, so you don’t run out of storage space.

    Your iOS devices keep a rolling collection of your last 1000 photos in the Photo Stream album. From there, you can browse your recent photos or move the ones you like into another album to keep them on your device forever.

    Since your Mac has more storage than your iOS devices, your photos automatically download and your Mac keeps every photo from your Photo Stream by default.

  • 2. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Diane Ward Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Thanks Julian, but this does not answer my question. I know how to turn things on my Mac and I know

    how things will download to the Mac. What I can't seem to find is

    how to get photos off photo stream and onto my iPad. Photos on the

    stream are there for only 30 days, how do I move them off the stream

    and onto the device which in this case is my iPad ?  The copied marketing-ease

    does not apply here. Any other suggestions?

  • 3. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    As I mentioned, by default PhotoStream automatically downloads (imports) photos into your iPhoto (or Aperture) Library. You don't need to do anything to "get photos off PhotoStream".

     

    Once the photos are on your computer (in your iPhoto or Aperture Library), you can sync them to your iPad in exactly the same way as you sync any other media - via iTunes. Connect device, click device name in left column, click the Photos tab, choose what to sync, click Sync.

  • 4. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    Do the following:

     

    1 - on your iPad click on the photo in the Photo Stream you want to copy to your iPad.

    2 - tap at the top of the screen to get the tool bar that has the square with the arrow in it (upper right hand corner next to the Trash can icon.

    3 - click on that icon with the arrow.

    4 - in the drop down menu that appeasr click on the Save to Saved Photos option (at the very bottom of the list in my iPad 1 window running iOS 5).

    I've not figured out how to selct more than one photo at a time and do the above or even if it's possible.

     

    OT

  • 5. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Diane Ward Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Thanks OT, this is exactly what I was looking for. This should be in the Apple FAQ.   It didn't make sense that I would need to hook up to iTunes, what's the point of the stream if that was the case.

     

    DMW

  • 6. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    this is exactly what I was looking for

     

    Really? How does that help you "to be able to get them from one device to another" as you asked in your original post? All that does is save individual photos one-by-one from PhotoStream to the Photo Library on the device. It does nothing to enable you to get them from one device to another.

     

    Also, you specifically asked "if I load photos to my lap top can I download them to my ipad" - which is what I answerered above, and involves using iTunes, even if you think "it didn't make sense".

  • 7. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Diane Ward Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Geez Julian,  sorry to get your nickers in a twist.  I went back to look at my original post, and I probably should have asked,

     

    "Specifically if I load photos to my lap top can I download them from the stream to my ipad.  Not view the stream, download them?"  (The underlined text is new.)

     

    I mentioned stream several times:

     

    "...but what I need to know is how to get photos off the stream and onto any device?  Is this possible? " 

     

    It made sense to me that I was asking about the stream, but perhaps it was not as clear as it could have been.  

     

    What didnt make sense to me what that for the stream to be of any use,there has to be a way to get the photos off of it separate from iTunes.  That's what we've been doing all along.  Whats the point of the stream if you have to go to iTunes?    Apple's information on this is not clear, they are too wrapped up in, "hey view your pics in the stream" not here's how you get things off it.  The fact that you can't put the pictures into any event or create a new one or add to an album besides camera roll is a bit disappointing.

     

    OT got what I was needing but I appreciate the help all the same.

     

    DMW

  • 8. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    No knickers in a twist here - just curious how tediously performing a 4-step manual process to save photos one-by-one (up to the 1000 maximum every 30 days) from PhotoStream to the iPad Photo Library is more convenient than simply syncing any number of photos in one action from iTunes (and enabling a backup of them at the same time)?

     

    As shown in Apple's publicity, PhotoStream is primarily a conduit for transferring photos taken on an iPhone or iPad to other devices you own for viewing and to your computer for backup/editing/organising purposes. The master photo library is on your Mac, from where you can sync any number of photos in one action.

     

    Whats the point of the stream if you have to go to iTunes?

     

    The point is to have 1000 of your latest photos automatically 'synced' between all of your devices, automatically for viewing purposes. Plus, it automatically transfers them to the iCloud server ready to be downloaded automatically to your computer. Imagine you're on holiday without your computer, you spend the day taking photos, connect to WiFi in the evening and your photos are safely uploaded to iCloud. So, even if you lose your iPhone or iPad, your photos aren't lost.

     

    The fact that you can't put the pictures into any event or create a new one or add to an album besides camera roll is a bit disappointing.

     

    That's why you manage your photos on your computer in iPhoto or Aperture and then sync organised albums to the Photos app on your iPad via iTunes. The photos you've taken on an iPhone or iPad will automatically appear in iPhoto or Aperture (via PhotoStream over WiFi) ready for you to edit, organise and sync for permanent viewing.

     

    It sounds like you're trying to use PhotoStream for photo organisation and syncing from your computer - which it isn't really designed for (hence the multi-step, convoluted, non-obvious, tedious method of saving photos from PhotoStream permanently).

  • 9. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Diane Ward Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Hey Julian,

      This is where we differ on the use of the stream.  Yes, I get it that the laptop is the hub, the master of all things electronic, I get that 100%, my lifre is on that laptop. 

     

    But to just be able to have 1000 or 1 million photos to look at for 30 days is of no real use to anyone, if you can't pick and chose which ones to download to whatever device you want.  The fact that I can't do  this with more than one photo at a time or  that it's a bit convoluted is Apple's fault, I'd love it to be better.   I'd love to be able to pick as many as I'd like and put them where ever I  want on any device, too bad thats NOT what Apple gave us. I was trying to figure out how to use this tool, they are spotty on how to transfer from the stream, perhaps because it's so clugie (sp?). 

     

    There are times I dont what to have to go get that laptop and get the cable and attach it said laptop so that I can go into iTunes and get one or two photos that I took with my phone to put them on my iPad.  The stream would make sense to allow me to do this without the teather. 

     

     

     

    I'm not looking to manipulate anything on the ipad, because again Apple has not given us the tools to do that, (iphoto on the iPad is a joke), but it would be nice if we could.  What I do want to be able to do is transfer from one thing to another without having to be corded.  Perhaps this is what I didn't make clear. 

  • 10. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    That's what iPhoto for the Mac is for.  Set it's preferences to import the Photo Stream pictures into the library and they are saved automatically.

     

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    Then you can redistribute them as needed. Does iPhoto of iOS have a preference pane with anything like that?

  • 11. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    That's what iPhoto for the Mac is for.  Set it's preferences to import the Photo Stream pictures into the library and they are saved automatically. [...] Then you can redistribute them as needed.

     

    I know... that's what I've been trying to explain to Diane above.

  • 12. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,850 points)

    This is where we differ on the use of the stream.

     

    Well, I'm just trying to explain to you is the actual purpose of the stream, whereas you're attempting to coerce it into doing something its not designed to do.

     

    they are spotty on how to transfer from the stream

     

    Because transferring a permanent copy from the stream to an iOS device is not its intended purpose. Transferring a permanent copy from the stream to your Mac is as simple as checking a box, as that is its purpose.

     

    What I do want to be able to do is transfer from one thing to another without having to be corded.

     

    For 30 days and up to 1000 photos, that's what PhotoStream does, but it is not a general purpose, permanent wireless syncing method for iOS devices. If you want to easily sync photos to and from the permanent iOS Photo Library rather than the temporary stream, you need to use iTunes (which is the hub for all your media). iTunes Supports WiFi syncing. See: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386

     

    That's just the facts of the matter, and unless Apple fundamentally changes the features of PhotoStream there's no way to do exactly what you want.

  • 13. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    Opps.  Responded to the wrong user.

  • 14. Re: Is it possible to download photos from photo stream
    DFWRIGHT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Juliam i have an issue that njaybe you can help me with. I had no idea that its only for 30 days and 1000 photos on my old phone iphone 4 i had all of the photos on there and not on the camera roll...becasue i simply neded more space on the camera roll and now they are dissapearing of of my photo stream I knw if says 30 days but U have pix that wre very imprtant to me on there for more than 30 days on my photo stream and now they are dissapearing slowly. However when I got eth iphone 5 NONE of the photos di dnot transfer over but they are still on my old device but leaving slowl. What I also want to know is when new photos come over to all of the devices is it opushing off the olod ones to make rom for the new ones since it can only hold 1000 seems as though thatit woudl not save the new ones and just keep the old ones you know. HELP. I really need a way around this but seems as though i dont have a choice. Also i have snow leaopard so i cannot sync i cloud to my computer I just got that. I had no idea that I had to upgrade my system, to be ale to use new software....im so dusgusted right now.

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