Longtime subscriber Keith Vogon wrote to ask about smartphones and computers:
I have been pondering this for a while, and suddenly remembered the ‘Main Man’ who is bound to know the answer:
1: How do I transfer photos from a computer to a phone?
2: Obviously I will want to greatly reduce the file size first.
3: I will need separate solutions for iPhone; Android; Blackberry – I think that pretty much covers the phone scene?
4: Speed is of the essence, which is why the ‘reduced file size.
5: As there will be several steps to the process, is there a way to write a macro so the transfer becomes a ‘One Button’ task?
6: Same thing for creating a reduced size file of the original photo – this one I highly doubt.
Any other suggestions will be very welcome.
Many thanks as always for your Newsletter and the answers you so frequently give.
Most, or all, of today’s phones and smartphones store photos in a Windows-compatible file system. Even better, Windows automatically recognizes the file system in the phone.
When you connect your phone to your computer, in addition to whatever other program auto-starts (such as iTunes), Windows will open an Autoplay dialog box that is the key (or one of them) to this question.
When you select "Open device to view files," Windows will open a Windows Explorer window.
You can use the Windows Explorer window to copy photos from your phone/smartphone to your computer.
You can also use Windows Explorer to copy photos in the other direction — from your computer to your phone/smartphone.
Keith also asked about speeding up the copying by shrinking hte photos.
I’d recommend against doing that. Once you remove information (data, pixels) from an image, you can’t get them back!.
Today’s phone cameras are better than a lot of cameras, and the phone’s display software will automatically resize pictures to display them. For example, the current iPhones have 8-Megapixel cameras, but the displays don’t have 8 megapixels. The display automatically resizes them for display purposes, without changing – and losing – "information" in the photo file.
If you really want to resize photos, there are some freeware programs that can do this.
Irfanview will let you resize photos, as well as do much more in the way of editing. It also supports batch processing and batch conversion of images. Irfanview is free for home personal use. Payment is required if you use it in a business, be even that is very inexpensive (US$12 or Euro 10, for a single license as of March 9, 2014).
As far as using a macro to copy the image files, once you ,know the drive letter assigned to a specific device and the folder on the device into which you want to copy the photos, you can us a CMD window to run a CMD file (like the old BAT files) to copy files from your computer ot the phone.