Last week, I posted a video demo on how to use Preview to transfer media files from an iPhone to a Mac. (See it here.) Afterward, a reader wrote to say they used Image Capture (another Apple-supplied application) for the same purpose and found it easier to use.
Hmm… I don’t think I’ve ever launched Image Capture, so this week, I decided to take a closer look. And what I discovered is that this app makes transferring media even easier than Preview.
NOTE: You can use Image Capture to transfer files from an iPad or a camera. The Image Capture Help files go into these options in more detail.
Here’s how it works.
NOTE: During launch, the application will ask you to unlock to your iPhone. This app can’t transfer files from phones you don’t have login access to.
NOTE: If you have connected different iPhones to your computer over time, you may see more than one phone listed. Click the name of the currently-connected phone.
The screen on the right displays all the still (HEIC) and movie (MOV) files stored on your device.
The twelve columns display a variety of technical information, and thumbnails, about each image. Control-click any column header to enable or disable any column. (As you would expect, you can also change the order of columns by dragging the column header to a new position.)
At the bottom of the screen, the two icons on the lower left switch between list and thumbnail view; while the slider on the right adjusts thumbnail size.
Immediately above the thumbnail icons, the curved arrow rotates an image counter-clockwise. (Press Option when clicking to rotate images clockwise.)
NOTE: This button is disabled for video or images shot natively on an iPhone.
You have two basic options to import images: drag them or use automation. For example, with dragging:
However, the real power of Image Capture is in its automation.
Click the Import To menu to reveal a variety of pre-built locations to import files, as well as the ability to specify a custom folder for import.
You can also convert any selected range of images to a PDF or build a webpage consisting to clickable thumbnails which expand to show the entire image full screen.
Once you’ve determined the destination for imported images, click Import.
NOTE: Click Import All to import all images from your iPhone to your Mac.
WHY USE IMAGE CAPTURE
In my earlier article readers asked why not use AirDrop? AirDrop is a method to transfer data; especially when two different people are involved with different security on each device.
However, using Image Capture (and Preview) provides the following benefits:
Apple’s Help files also state that we can set up Image Capture to:
I’m very impressed with how Image Capture simplifies moving files between iPhone and Mac. It is easy to use, capable, fast and secure. AirDrop is quick and easy for single images, but when dealing with lots of files, Image Capture is my application of choice. And, best of all, it’s already installed on your system.
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