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Topic # 138972 23-Jan-2014 16:16 Send private message

Hi,
As per the title, I'm trying to find a way to automatically sync photos between our iPad, Android phones and our PCs (primarily a Windows 8 laptop) (therefore I'm not sure sure of the right forum for this post, as it applies across many!)

It's easy to get it to the point where all photos are located on the PCs in a single location (both cloud and on the PC) by using Dropbox, with the phones and iPad automatically uploading to Dropbox, and me manually placing photos from our digital cameras in the same Dropbox "camera uploads" folder on the PC.

My problem is then ensuring all these photos (ie, the contents of the "camera uploads" folder) are synced on the iPad (don't care about forcing downloads onto the phones as they're not great viewing devices). Using iTunes to sync folders is proving problematic, as it will not let me select my Windows 8 photo "library", but requires me to select a folder; this means I can select folders within my main photo collection OR the Dropbox camera uploads folder, but not both.

Yet I need to have both synced with the iPad - is there a feasible way to achieve this?

I guess one option is to stick ALL the photos I want synced into the Dropbox folder and sync this folder with the iPad, but ideally I want to avoid this (as it will result in many more GBs of data in Dropbox).

Can anyone suggest any other options? A key aspect is that it needs to happen automatically, or with very little effort. I'm ok about doing a wireless sync between the iPad and PC using iTunes, but other methods I've tried like using the PhotoSync app are messy and time-consuming. I also considered whether using a folder sync app on the PC to copy photos from the camera uploads folder to the main photos folder would work, but that would either result in a double-up of photos on the PC or (if moved) them being taken out of Dropbox altogether.

Perhaps there's a way to sync using iTunes both the Dropbox camera uploads folder and other folders containing photos at the same time?

Anyway, appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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  Reply # 973024 23-Jan-2014 17:26 Send private message

Windows iTunes is problematic for photos, unless you do this

Place all folders in one root folder (Windows iTunes does not do nested folders), one folder deep

That folder can be anywhere, then, the PC to iPad is done, you can use the same root folder for the other syncs, which I cannot help with

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  Reply # 974142 25-Jan-2014 15:25 Send private message

flickr?

google +?

sorry just randomly plucking at straws

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  Reply # 977057 30-Jan-2014 08:55 One person supports this post Send private message

There doesn't really appear to be a very elegant way to do this, especially because you want to include android :P

I do know you can use the iCloud control panel to sync your photos to your windows machines (obviously works on your iOS and OS X devices too).

I believe that Dropbox have that auto photo upload system, you could give that a shot?

Cheers!

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  Reply # 977080 30-Jan-2014 09:11 Send private message

jonathan18: Hi,
As per the title, I'm trying to find a way to automatically sync photos between our iPad, Android phones and our PCs (primarily a Windows 8 laptop) (therefore I'm not sure sure of the right forum for this post, as it applies across many!)


Perhaps there's a way to sync using iTunes both the Dropbox camera uploads folder and other folders containing photos at the same time?

Anyway, appreciate any advice. Thanks!


I always use Dropbox and Mega for my photos using my Android.  I upload to both automatically when connected to WiFi.  Once in Dropbox, I copy or move them to another folder on my NAS or PC.  Mega gives you 50 gigs free so I have all of my lifetime of photos backed up there as well.   You can never have too many backups of your pics.






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  Reply # 977086 30-Jan-2014 09:34 Send private message

Thanks for the responses. Basically, there doesn't appear to be a totally neat and easy solution, so I've hopefully found one that is the best compromise.

I've tried using the iCloud panel in Windows to allow syncing there, but 1. my experience with iCloud thus far has been totally unwhelming (I think it's quite messy and also limited in a classic Apple way, eg no ability to view/access photos via web browser) and 2. there's no neat solution for it to work in with our Android phones. While Apple fanboys will often stress how well things work together when all devices are Apple, I still don't think even if I was in this position (compared to having Windows, Android and iOS and OSX devices!) it would be a total solution, given the limitations of iCloud! (It's not really a substitute for a decent online backup service, whereas Dropbox and Mega can function as such).

I have established a Mega account - logical given the 50GB allowance! - but the lack of a Windows and Mac application means it's not yet the right solution. Once those apps are released (online articles from back last Nov/Dec discuss their development so hopefully not far off) I'd imagine this will be the best solution.

In the interim I've gone with putting all the photos I want synced on the iPad in Dropbox's camera uploads folder (ok while I've got all that free extra storage in Dropbox), and then selecting this to (wirelessly) sync with the iPad through iTunes. I don't even need that iPad app I bought (PhotoSync) as the Dropbox app on the iPad can already sync photos taken on it.  Think I'll do the same with Mega when they release an official Windows app, just go that next stage as suggested in the above post by putting all my photos in its photos folder (for a full off-site backup, as opposed to relying on the NAS), and elect to sync certain folders to the iPad.

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  Reply # 977113 30-Jan-2014 09:58 Send private message

jonathan18: Thanks for the responses. Basically, there doesn't appear to be a totally neat and easy solution, so I've hopefully found one that is the best compromise.



I have established a Mega account - logical given the 50GB allowance! - but the lack of a Windows and Mac application means it's not yet the right solution. Once those apps are released (online articles from back last Nov/Dec discuss their development so hopefully not far off) I'd imagine this will be the best solution.

In the interim I've gone with putting all the photos I want synced on the iPad in Dropbox's camera uploads folder (ok while I've got all that free extra storage in Dropbox), and then selecting this to (wirelessly) sync with the iPad through iTunes. I don't even need that iPad app I bought (PhotoSync) as the Dropbox app on the iPad can already sync photos taken on it.  Think I'll do the same with Mega when they release an official Windows app, just go that next stage as suggested in the above post by putting all my photos in its photos folder (for a full off-site backup, as opposed to relying on the NAS), and elect to sync certain folders to the iPad.



MEGAsync is available for windows in Beta form and is regularly updated.  It works well and is very fast at syncing. https://mega.co.nz/#F!CRBV0Q6a!H4_OTHz5wKhlvOKiYAFg1A




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  Reply # 977148 30-Jan-2014 10:35 Send private message

mxpress:
jonathan18: Thanks for the responses. Basically, there doesn't appear to be a totally neat and easy solution, so I've hopefully found one that is the best compromise.



I have established a Mega account - logical given the 50GB allowance! - but the lack of a Windows and Mac application means it's not yet the right solution. Once those apps are released (online articles from back last Nov/Dec discuss their development so hopefully not far off) I'd imagine this will be the best solution.

In the interim I've gone with putting all the photos I want synced on the iPad in Dropbox's camera uploads folder (ok while I've got all that free extra storage in Dropbox), and then selecting this to (wirelessly) sync with the iPad through iTunes. I don't even need that iPad app I bought (PhotoSync) as the Dropbox app on the iPad can already sync photos taken on it.  Think I'll do the same with Mega when they release an official Windows app, just go that next stage as suggested in the above post by putting all my photos in its photos folder (for a full off-site backup, as opposed to relying on the NAS), and elect to sync certain folders to the iPad.



MEGAsync is available for windows in Beta form and is regularly updated.  It works well and is very fast at syncing. https://mega.co.nz/#F!CRBV0Q6a!H4_OTHz5wKhlvOKiYAFg1A


Thanks for that link - when I open it on my iPad it takes me to the iOS app, but I assume that it's to a beta of the official app (given it's mega.co.nz) not that third-party app?

Cheers
Jonathan

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