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How to Move/Delete Photos and Pictures to and from your iPhone in Bulk

This is actually more difficult than it should be.  It really is.  Seriously, where is the “use as USB” option??  Why must the iPhone be so closed off and annoying to get into???

But yes, there are various methods to do this.  There are also ways not to do this.  Like iPhoto.  I never ever use iPhoto as it is the most terrible, horrible, totally illogical, mind-bogglingly useless and just generally one of the worst programs I have ever used. Or possibly the worst, I can’t think of one I hate using more right now but possibly there are one or two.

Anyway, this is the way I go about moving/removing photos or pictures to and from my iPhone. 

Just FYI, I have not jailbroken my phone and I only use free programs.

Also, I have stopped my iPhone syncing automatically

This stops it doing things I haven’t asked it to, which is nice… 

…although why it syncs on default is beyond me. It’s like Apple have said “quick, let’s make the iPhone do lots of things as soon as the unsuspecting owner connects it to a computer with iTunes installed.  And let’s make it do super annoying things before they can stop it like syncing (deleting) photos and contacts in default locations. Yay!” Curse them and their default-syncing ways!!  If would like to stop your Apple devices doing this have a look at my post HERE.

 

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Part One:

How to Move Photos from your iPhone to your Mac (no iTunes involved – hooray!)

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Using iFunBox

Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 23.13.29I always use iFunBox to backup photos from my iPhone on my Mac.  It’s really easy to use and you can just select the photos you want to move and drag them to a folder of your choice.  No fuss – it’s a quick clean job.  Just like any other USB device you locate the files and move them. 

You can download iFunBox for free here:

http://www.i-funbox.com/ifunboxmac/

There’s nearly always a downside when you are trying anything involving iPhones and connectability.  In this case the downside is that you can’t use iFunBox to do anything else with your photos.  Although iFunBox is advertised as being able to import things to your iPhone I have not had any success with it.  Sigh. 

IFUN BOXNever mind… Next one!

Using Image Capture

Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 23.54.04Image Capture is a pre-installed app that comes with your Mac.  You can use it to move photos on to your Mac by selecting them and clicking Import.  Or you can just import them all.

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Again you can’t use it to add photos to your iPhone.  Oh no, that would be far too easy!  Apple would never make things that simple. 

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Part Two:

How to Bulk Delete Photos from your iPhone (no iTunes involved – hooray!)

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Using Image Capture

Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 23.54.04You can also use Image Capture to delete photos from your iPhone in bulk.  This is super handy if you are like me and take thousands of photos and then dread deleting them one by one later to free up space…  To do this simply select the photos you want to delete from your iPhone and press the no entry sign at the bottom.

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Part Three:

How to Move Photos from your Mac to your iPhone (iTunes sync involved – boo!)

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Using iTunes

Before doing this I suggest you backup all photos and pictures you may have on your iPhone using one of the methods above.  I really do think iTunes is one of the worst ways I have ever experienced trying to manage a mobile phone.  Seriously.  What is wrong Apple?  Why do you want me to spend hours trying to do things that should be easy and simple and not leave me screaming with rage and frustration and wanting to do a mass Godzilla rampage all over your stupid closed house ways???

So, after you have backed up, the only free way that I know of moving pictures and photos to your iPhone from a Mac is to use iTunes.  If you have not done this before I suggest that to avoid accidents you use an empty folder and put into it all the photos/pictures that you want to move to your iPhone.

NOTE: This does NOT mean your iPhone photos!!!  If you have backed up your iPhone photos to your “Pictures” folder, do not use that folder for this.  You will just end up having duplicates of everything!!  It is the curse of iTunes sync!!!

When you’ve done that fire up iTunes and connect your iPhone.  As I mentioned before my iTunes is set NOT to sync devices automatically, so if you aren’t sure check your iTunes Preferences before connecting your iPhone.  Once you have connected up, click on your iPhone from the Devices tab and click the Photos tab along the top.

TABS

In my case my “Pictures” folder was empty so I used that.  I created some folders inside my “Pictures” folder to separate the various things I wanted to add.  Your iPhone will automatically convert these into albums which is handy. You can select which folders within your chosen folder you want but I just click All Folders because it’s easier. 

IMPORT FOLDERS

When you are ready click Sync and wait while iTunes does other stuff you didn’t ask it to.  And a little while later it should tell you it has finished.

So that’s it. Hope at least one of these works for you. Good Luck!

FINAL NOTE: Before disconnecting your device always remember to EJECT it. You can do this in iTunes. Apple devices are always upset if you don’t eject first. And it is good to do this anyway. What ejecting means is that if either your device or the connected PC is still doing things it will finish up and then disconnect itself WHEN IT HAS FINISHED. This way you will not get errors or incomplete transfers. Which is definitely a good thing.

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How to Sync your iPhone to a new Mac without Erasing your Data (a complete step-by-step guide)

My Macbook Pro hard-drive failed recently.  It was only about a year and a half old and it just went down without warning.  No slowing of the system, no problems, no crashes.  It just died suddenly. 

Anyway, I had Apple Care so I got it fixed for free with a shiny new HD.  However, I lost all my settings including the data relating to my iPhone to iTunes sync.  I spent the last 3 months trying to get my iPhone and the new HD to talk to each other.  But every single thing I tried didn’t stop me getting the unbelievably irritating message:

iphone erase and restore

But my persistence has finally paid off and I have actually successfully synced my iPhone to my new HD.  And, I have of course beaten (and beaten deep into the ground) the stupid stupid annoying irritating erase and sync message. This fills me with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

While I was trying and failing to fix the problem I read many many different solutions and also many different ideas about which software to use and so on.  I also read countless times that it was not fixable and that I had to erase my iPhone.  Or that I had to jailbreak it.  In any case I did not find one clear cohesive step by step to solving this problem.

So I would like to share my solution in the hope that it will help other people get themselves out of this ridiculous situation.  This is my own complete and extremely detailed step by step guide to syncing an iPhone with a second/new Mac without losing/deleting/erasing any data. 

This solution does not require jailbreaking or anything of that nature, nor does it require you to erase anything from your iPhone.

And yes, this is EXACTLY what I did to get my iPhone to sync with my new HD and iTunes. Continue reading

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Essential Free Software for Mac OS X: My Personal Top 10 Indispensables (plus a few handy extras)

I realised when I was getting my system back to normal (HD faliure – probably post on this at some point) that I have not written any posts about any of the really great freeware I use on my Mac.

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Crazy!!!

I realise that a lot of people do these top ten lists for interesting software or fun software for Macs.  And a lot of them list programs you have to pay for.

My list is for USEFUL SOFTWARE I USE ALL THE TIME. 

And of course all software listed here is 100% FREE SOFTWARE.  

There is NO payware or shareware included.

So here’s my up to date list of all the software I consider indispensable for my happy Mac life.  These are vaguely in order of how often I use them. Continue reading

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A Decent Colour Wheel for Adobe Photoshop

Thought I’d post this up quickly as I had to do it for someone recently.

I have been told that Photoshop does actually have a colour wheel somewhere but I couldn’t find it.  In any case, the general online consensus is that it is not worth the time it takes to find it, being completely and utterly deficient on so many levels.  And the fact that there are so many payware programs available which provide a colour wheel suggest that I am not the only one who has tried to remedy this.

So I had a quick surf around and came up with this:

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 22.02.34 Continue reading

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How to Convert eBooks using Calibre

There are many places you can convert various formats to ePub online for free.  I have not actually used any so I can’t vouch for the quality or efficiency of said sites.  In any case, I prefer to be able to convert regardless of whether I have an internet connection.  So I use Calibre to convert all my eBooks to ePub format. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, Calibre is free eBook/eReader software which can convert many eBook formats into ePub.  You can read more about Calibre in my post here.  Although I have not tested it, I know that it also has the function to convert the other way.  But it’s worth mentioning that this function is available.  The official list of convertible formats is as follows: Continue reading

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Free eReader Software: Calibre

My Kobo Touch did come with the designated Kobo software – Kobo Desktop. It wasn’t particularly bad software, but I prefer to use something which has a few more features.  Plus a few of the free ebooks I downloaded from non Kobo sites like Gutenberg were rejected by it.  So I use an excellent free alternative – Calibre.

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Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

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Calibre is a bit like a library for your e-Books.  You can enter various information about them, including, author, title, rating, your description, etc. and sort accordingly.  You can move your e-books to and from your e-Reader to your computer.  I prefer to edit all the information about my eBooks using Caibre rather than editing them on my Kobo.  It is also much faster to edit in bulk , for example, as you can see below, some Sherlock Holmes eBooks list the author as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and some as just Arthur Conan Doyle.  Calibre allows you to edit them all to have the same author name which makes them easier to locate on your Kobo. Continue reading

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How to Read Japanese (and other non Latin based alphabets) on a Kobo

Recently I was asked by my Dad to test whether a Japanese eBook would work on my Kobo Touch. He said he saw various online sites which confirmed it was possible to display Japanese as long as you had the right fonts installed. So I had a look at one of the sites. Here’s the link:

http://atouchofkobo.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/260/

The font on this site is a version of Unicode developed by GNU.  It is therefore free and opensource.  The idea of Unicode is to provide a unique number to every individual character regardless of platform, program or language.

Unicode is developed by a non-profit organisation and is supported by many major companies, including Apple and Microsoft. You can read more about it here

Anyway, the GNU Unifont can be downloaded from the developer’s site here

or from the site listed earlier on which the author has kindly provided their own link.

I can confirm that this unicode font does work with Japanese.  I also tested it with a few other random languages and I can confirm that it works with Chinese (which I can’t read properly but I can recognise the characters) and displays Hebrew (which I can’t read at all).

So for anyone who wants to get this working on their Kobo, here’s a quick guide. Continue reading

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e-Books: The search for free books online

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough

or a book long enough to suit me.”

– C.S. Lewis

Although I am now converted to the use of an e-Reader I do not like to pay for e-Books. Or rather, I REFUSE to pay for books that I already own in non e-Book form. I feel that if I have paid 6.99 or 8.99, or in many cases much much more (some hardbacks are so overpriced!!), and therefore physically own the real thing I should not have to then pay AGAIN for the e-Book.  I mean I have so many different copies of Lord of the Rings (anniversary editions, one complete book editions, rare editions, film editions, the list goes on…), I don’t think I should have to pay for the same words again unless it has been updated or has a different introduction or includes a new map -HA! most eBooks don’t seem to cope well with pictures- or something else that involves me receiving new materical that I don’t own on paper.

This is the equivalent of buying a CD and then being told you have to pay for mp3 versions of the tracks in order to listen to them on your iPod.

Which is Ridiculous!!! 

So I use sites which offer free e-Books.  These are free to download, usually in a variety of formats.  The only drawback is that you often have to trawl through to find exactly what you are looking for.  But as with all things I never look a free gift horse in the mouth (never really understood that phrase). So I thought I’d list up some of the places I download e-books for free.

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1.)  Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the number one place for free books in my opinion.  Considering Amazon gets a lot of its e-Books from PG it saves a lot of hassle just getting them straight from the website. 

Because of the sheer number of files available for one title it can be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for.  I will demonstrate by searching for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

If you type “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” into the search it lists all files associated with this title.  This includes audio books (mp3s) and single stories and so it can take quite a long time to find what you are looking for.

It is much easier to browse the Catalogue and find your book from there.

From there you can browse by Author, Title, Language or Recently Posted.  I prefer to search by author.  So I choose “D” for Doyle.  Then scroll down to Arthur Conan Doyle.  Obviously there’s still a fairly lengthy list.  But at least it’s clear and manageable now. 


So if I want this as an ePub or pdf or any other written format I choose the link with the book symbol next to it and then download whichever format I want (I always choose ePub if I can get it).

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2.) MobileRead

MobileRead is a forum where people upload books.  It is more limited in many ways than PG but you can often find obscure books here which are not listed on PG.

With this website you can search for a title or author using the search and then narrow your search by format and genre.  Clicking on the link will take you to a post where you can download the book.  It does warn you about legal/illegal downloads but I feel that if I already own, for example, 2 paperback copies of Pride and Prejudice (yes, one is mine and one is a written-off damaged copy – perks of working in a bookshop),  then I am not illegally downloading it in written format. 

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3.) ManyBooks.net

ManyBooks.net is another good site for books.  I find this site has the best and easiest search tool.  Although again not always as many files available as PG.  This is a great site for just browsing for something new as it has a large number of genre options including some which are not available on PG.  It also has a very good range of formats available for download.  The layout and interface are both really aesthetically pleasing: clean, simple and easy to use.  Navigation of the site is very straightforward and self explanatory.

The  Advanced Search is extremely specific and useful even if you don’t have all the information about the book you are looking for.  Each book has a page with detailed information so you can check it’s the one you want.  You can also read an excerpt and choose the specific format you wish to download.  For example, here’s the page for Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense.

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4.) Internet Archive (Archive.org)

This is a really big archive of online texts which I found while looking for a specific copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. Still haven’t found it but I’ll keep looking. 

Anyway, this site searches the web for the eBook you are looking for.  It can access all sorts of pages like Google Books and so on and then allows you to download the files in several formats.  The search is pretty extensive so you have to narrow your search using specific key words.

The Advanced Search is EXTREMELY advanced.  I don’t really understand half the shorthand items you can search by.  But I can understand the basic ones.  You can either use the Advanced Search, which adds all the terms for you, or you can type them.  For example, if I want to search for The Count of Monte Cristo published by Little, Brown & Co. I would type:

title:(count of monte cristo) AND publisher:(little, brown)

However, this would bring up lots of results so I add and minus keywords which I know are likely. So, in this case, I can minus likely title keywords such as “works”, because I don’t want an omnibus, and I can add the author so that sequels written by other people are excluded.

title:(count of monte cristo) AND publisher:(little, brown) AND -title:(works) AND creator:(alexandre dumas)

When you find the text you are looking for you have several format options for downloading. You can also read the book online for free and check it is the one you want. This is INCREDIBLY useful if you want a specific publication.

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5.) BookOS (Now Bookzz)

 Book OS is my new favourite for eBooks.  The range of genres is so huge you can find almost anything.  I kid you not!!!  This is the ultimate free book paradise, so much so that I was surprised I hadn’t seen it on other sites.  It has everything from non fiction, such as art and architecture or reference, to fiction.  As with the other sites there are options for various languages.  The layout and interface are, if possible, even cleaner and simpler than ManyBooks!!  And it is extremely simple to use. 

When searching you can either use the main search which searches the whole site. Or you can browse by genre/category by clicking on the Books tab in the top right corner. If you know exactly what you want you can click the Exact Matching box.

 So for example, if I am looking for an exact translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses I can click the Exact Matching box and type:

Ovid Metamorphoses “Translator’s Name”

and it really will only produce results that match this exactly.  None of this typing-lots-of-ANDs-in-between business.  Just straightforward efficient searching.  Wonderful! 

One thing to be careful of is that unless you specify your language in the search, it will search for all languages.  These are marked on the side of each search result as are the size and the native format of the file.

With every file you have the option to download in another eBook format.  However, it warns you that the quality may not be as good as that of the original file.  I haven’t tried downloading any of the non-original formats so I can’t report on them but the original files have been fantastic quality.

This website is now called BookZZ.  Here’s a link –

http://bookzz.org/

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Free Art and Design Software for OS X

I am a firm believer in not paying ridiculous amounts of money for programs. I don’t think that any program, even for graphic design, is worth over 600 pounds.  I mean, you should just buy a new computer or something for that sort of money.  Not mentioning any names of course…. *cough*Photoshop*cough* …. There are countless downloads and hacks for programs like Adobe Photoshop but I don’t believe that resolves anything.  So I use freeware and opensource programs.  There are far fewer free programs available for OS X than for Windows.  However, here are few art and graphics programs which I think are worth considering. Continue reading

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