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Topic # 143909 1-May-2014 08:27
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One of our departments have a requirement to upload photos while out in the field.

Is there a server/client software that we can purchase, which will work as an in-house solution for this? Or would we have to look at developing one ourselves?

So essentially, we are wanting an iOS app that is already in the app store that can allow custom upload locations (i.e. in house)


We don't want to host the images externally and we want to avoid using email as a workaround, to get the photos back to the office.





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  Reply # 1034491 1-May-2014 08:44
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I use an eyefi card which from my dslr will take images and storing them on my server at home.  But it also comes with the EyeFi IOS app - which does the same for your IOS camera roll - your phone can be inthe current lan as teh machine, on 3g inthe field or wifi over the internet.

I've not yet found anothe rsingle piece of software that just does the camera roll to a machine.  Bu tgiven I already had the eyefi card I have had the need to look for others.

Some of the other solutions I've heard about are Drop box camera upload - with the dropbox client being on a local machine (you'd probaby hve to move them out fairly quick so you didn fill your dropbox cloud storage, or Box.net which woul dbe similar to dropbox.





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  Reply # 1034528 1-May-2014 09:13
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Interesting that you've brought this up now, I may have that requirement soon too but so far it's looking like custom development is the way forward for my particular customer.  It's the in-house part where the problem arises.... I haven't found anything yet that can do it from iOS, though I haven't looked very hard so far as the request is in early stages.  

Very keen to hear if you find anything.



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  Reply # 1034533 1-May-2014 09:19
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Yeah, it seems like an obvious question, but with very little answers.


The other options, while not super slick, would be to stand up an externally hosted page (or via intranet/VPN) and just put upload boxes there with the option to add a title or something.


I'd prefer to go down the route of a product that has been built already, but if needed, I will recommend that we head down the development way.





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  Reply # 1034535 1-May-2014 09:23
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Would iCloud Photostream set up on the iOS device and on a Windows PC do what you are after? If you have Mac it is even easier, just use Photostream within iPhoto and automatically import the Photostream photos in to your iPhoto library.

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH13693?viewlocale=en_US

Yes, it does use iCloud as an intermediary.

For personal use both my wife and I have our iPhones using this. It automatically uploads any photos taken in to iPhoto. On the iOS device you can also specify that it only uploads when connected to wifi.



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  Reply # 1034538 1-May-2014 09:25
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Thanks for the suggestion, but we want the content in house only.

These are going to be shared devices in the department, and we don't want to be installing clients on each machine for them to view/download the photos.


The idea I'm more leaning towards is say; upload via a portal with reference number attached, so they can go find them later, or something similar.

Think Flickr, only hosted in house, or something like that (just a lot simpler!)





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  Reply # 1034625 1-May-2014 10:40
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Something like this?
Image Uploader by Mergilent pry. ltd https://appsto.re/nz/BzYyE.i

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  Reply # 1034965 1-May-2014 17:27
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How about ownCloud? https://owncloud.com/products/mobileapps
and http://owncloud.org/

For my Dad to backup his camera pictures while he is overseas this year I'm just going to set up an SFTP server at home that is externally accessibly and then he just runs an app on his Note that uploads new photos (FolderSync I think it was called).  But that's on Android.

EDIT: Corrected name of app



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  Reply # 1034974 1-May-2014 17:47
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Thanks AndyB I will take a look at that.


Andgor, that looks exactly like what I'm thinking; though at $9k a year for 15 users, that's pretty steep. Not sure how I'll sell that to management, but I'll at least try the product and see how It goes





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  Reply # 1034981 1-May-2014 18:10
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Rather than own cloud tonido may also work. Unsure if it has a camera upload feature though.

Hmm slightly more manual - but you might also be able to get the devs to add the feature. But documents by readle can sync network drives to an iOS device. You could ask then if they'd allow sync of camera roll to a network location.

And another one is file explorer. It can manually copy from camera roll to a network location. But doesn't have sync.




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