9 Replies Latest reply: Sep 28, 2009 3:32 AM by FabulousRice
FabulousRice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hey
I just switched iPods with my girlfriend for a couple days, I lent her mine and she lent me hers, and I wanted to import some of the photos in her ipod onto my computer, but I don't have iPhoto and it's not so obvious how I can do that. I tried a program called iPod Access Photo but it's a shareware and it watermarks pictures...

PB G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,290 points)
    Hey there,
    I would maybe take a look at this article, which describes a step-by-step process for importing photos from an iPod to the computer. It involves enabling disk use on the iPod so you can gain access to the Photos folder on your iPod. Hope it helps.

    [How to Move Photos from iPod to Computer|http://www.ehow.com/how4443034move-photos-ipod-computer.html]

    B-rock
  • FabulousRice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey planB! Thanks for the reply.
    I don't think I get it. This step is confusing: "Move iPod photos to computer. 1. Directly move the iPod (disk use) photos to computer: Copy→Paste, Drag→Drop" because there's nothing to click or drag in the "photos" tab when I'm in itunes.
    The "photos" tab of itunes really just looks like it wants me to export some photos into the ipod, not import them (it says "Synchronize photos from aperture/iphoto...")
    When I access the photos folder, it does seem to have a folder inside it called thumbs where the photos in thumbnail format would be stored but I have no idea how to extract them from the .ithmb file.
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,290 points)
    Again, I have no direct answers to this( sorry about that ), but I can point you to somewhere that does. This article explains everything about the thumbnail images and how to get them from your iPod to your Mac. It also mentions a third party utility that will make sense of these .ithmb files for your Mac. Hope it helps.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/48138/2005/11/keithsipodphotoreader.html

    B-rock
  • FabulousRice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey
    Thanks for that reply it got me really close to what I was trying to obtain! Unfortunately you can only set an image size once for all the pictures so since there are different picture sizes in the ipod, it gave me 50 percent of good photos and 50 percent of weirdly sized images. But it's an old, unsupported, hard-to find and most certainly abandoned program, maybe thats why.
    I guess that's as far as I'll go for tonight!
    Thanks a lot
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,290 points)
    Yeah, I noticed that. Sorry I couldn't be of too much help. Take care. Best of luck in the future.

    B-rock
  • Henrik Dalgaard Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Hi Fabulous,

    The photos on the iPod are sized for television, which is a good deal smaller than the originals. It is better to copy the original images from Mac to Mac.

    1) Turn on File Sharing on the Mac with the photos. You do this in System Preferences->Sharing where you checkmark File Sharing.
    2) On the other Mac choose Go->Connect to Server in Finder.
    3) Copy the images you need.

    If you both use iPhoto (version 7 or newer) you can do this directly from iPhoto as it has built in photo sharing which you turn on in its preferences.

    To do what you suggest, I will recommend File Juicer as I am the author! It extracts images from almost anything, including flash cards and iPods. You don't need File Juicer as you still have the original photos!
    http://echoone.com/filejuicer/recover-photos-from-ipod

    Kind regards,
    Henrik
  • FabulousRice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey Henrik!
    Thanks for your message. But my girlfriend and I only swapped ipods, not computers!
    File Juicer is a good program (reminds me of VSE File Pirat under OS9) but it wasn't able to extract ANY of her photos (it was able to extract the album cover art for the songs, though). Besides, it places a watermark on images! I am looking for a FREE way to get photos off an iPod.
    It's amazing that I can download photos from my Sony cell phone onto my computer for free using bluetooth, but I can't download photos from an Apple iPod onto an Apple computer using the Apple cable... i simply don't get it.
  • Henrik Dalgaard Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    The iPods are made mostly for music, so the CPU inside is not powerful enough to handle JPEG images, only photos prepared for its display. Battery life is more important.

    If you look to use your iPod as a portable hard disk to exchange photos (and other files), you enable "disk use" in iTunes. Then you can swap images as you please in full quality.
    http://echoone.com/pictures/filejuicer/enablediskuse.jpg
    Or check the "sync full resolution" under Photos in iTunes. This will leave less space for music.

    If you have deleted your original photos or had your Mac stolen/burnt/etc without backup, it becomes important to convert the ithmb files from it (get them with "enable disk use"). Should the large F1023_1.ithmb file from your iPod not convert with File Juicer, I will give you a free copy if you send me a copy of it for bug fixing. See File Juicer's support page if it is too large for email. On the 2. gen iPod Nano the largst images are in the F1023_1.ithmb file (_2 or higher are also used if you have many photos). Their size is 246 x 183 pixels - not much, but if this is all you have left it is better than nothing.

    Just checked that it still works on my iPod Nano 2 G.

    Kind regards,
    Henrik
  • FabulousRice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Henrik
    Thanks for your help in July.
    I'll help you with FileJuicer if you need any help. It looks like a really fine program.
    I broke up with my girlfriend and we gave each other's iPods back, so the question, though more or less unanswered, does not matter for me anymore.

    For the record, FileJuicer seemed to be the closest thing to what I was looking for.