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3 Smart & Quick Ways to Transfer Photos From iPhone to Mac

Transfer photos from iPhone to MacIn case you were looking for the most efficient ways to transfer or remove photographs from your iPhone using your Mac, here’s the right place. We show you three fastest ways to do it. Best thing is that you don’t need to download any extra app. We’ll be using apps already on your Mac. iPhoto users may read on for a faster alternative.

Apple has made downloading images from your iPhone to your Mac a painless deal. I will be showing you how to accomplish this task using three applications – iPhoto, Image Capture and Preview app on Mac OS. Also, with the new generation of iPod Touch and its inbuilt cameras, iPod Touch users will be needing this guide too.

How to Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac OS:

iPhoto

While iPhoto has some great features available it’s a little slow if you just need a screenshot or temporary image transfer. However, if you wish to keep the photos for long and want to keep them organized in albums this is the best way to do it. iPhoto will help you browse photos as albums or event.

Also, you have a nice set of editing and slideshow tools available to further enrich the experience. Most of you are already familiar with how to import photos using iPhoto. For those not, here’s how. Open iPhoto, Connect your iPhone over USB. In less than 30 seconds, your iPhone should appear in the device list.

Trust me on this, running iPhoto first and then connecting iPhone is the best way to do it. Once you see the iPhone appear select as many or all pics and click on import.

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The photos will be copied to iPhoto album and you will be asked whether to delete them from the phone or not.

Delete iPhone photos

There are times when I don’t want to save them in the iPhoto album (temporary images like screenshots) and just wish to save them manually and quickly. For that, we have the following two ways to attain the task.

Image Capture

Believe it or not, this app has always existed in your Mac’s Applications folder. Just go to Applications > Image Capture or use Spotlight to search for the same.

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Your iPhone will appear under the list of devices on the left. Just select the pics you want and click on import. Alternatively, drag the pics out to any finder window or your desktop and you’re done. Yes, it’s that simple. In fact pretty much the way you have been doing it on windows to transfer iPhone pics. You can also delete as many pics as you want by clicking the small red button in the bottom.

Image Capture Mac photo import

Preview Application

How could we miss this out. Preview lets you view practically anything on the Mac right? Right from PDFs to images. Now let’s use it to transfer pictures from the iPhone. Just run Preview, in case it already isn’t.

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Hit the file menu and click on import from iPhone. The name of the device depends on what you called your iPhone in iTunes. The process of importing and deleting pictures remains same as that in the previous case of Image Capture.

Mac Preview app

I’m sure just like me, most of you did not yet know about all of the three ways to import iPhone photographs. Go ahead and try it out for yourself. If you run into any issue feel free to use the comment box.

How to Use your MacBook as a Wi-fi Router

When we compare MacBook and Windows, MacBook is anytime better than windows because of it’s features and hardware. Though if you are switching from Windows to Mac system, initially you will find lots of issue getting used to Mac system but as soon as you get hold of Mac, you will never go back to your Windows system again.

Read: How to Enable internet sharing in Windows 7

In this tutorial I will be talking about how you can use your Macbook as Router. You can connect your Mobile handset or iPod Touch to use Internet using Mac system or any other device with Wi-fi compatibility. Continue reading How to Use your MacBook as a Wi-fi Router

Unable to Empty Trash on External NTFS Drive in Mac OS X [Solved]

NTFS Partitions are not exactly the most stable drive formats but sometimes we still have to use them to make sure they are compatible with other operating systems and allow storing files larger than 4GB. One frequent problem that Mac users face when using external NTFS drives – Unable to Empty trash. You will see files and folders with size zero KB that won’t delete. Here’s a fix.

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How to Take Screenshots in Mac OS X

Mac OS X has this great ability of working right out of the box. This tutorial will show you how to take screenshots of the whole screen or a part using in built keyboard shortcuts in your Mac. Absolutely no need to download additional tools.

Unlike Windows, there is no Printscreen on Mac Keyboards. Another advantage is that by default the screen shot is saved in a file and not just copied to clipboard like Windows. These things really make Mac win. You should also read why else I prefer Mac over Windows.

If you take a lot of screenshots you should also like Desktop Curtain for Mac, which will provide a clean clutter free background picture or single colour. No need to hide desktop icons while taking screenshots.

This tutorial works for all Macs be it the Macbook Pro or the iMac.

Taking Screenshots on Mac:

Whenever you need to capture an image of the screen use the following two keyboard shortcuts:

Command-Shift-3: Pressing these three buttons will capture the whole screen.

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Command-Shift-4: This will show a crosshair on your screen, which you can drag to capture any specific part of the screen.

Press Space after pressing Command-Shift-4 to turn crosshair into a camera, which you can use to capture a specific window, menu, dock etc.

Take Screenshots in Mac

Screenshots Save Location & File Name:

By default the screenshots will be saved on your desktop in .PNG format. The time and date of screen capture is included since Snow Leopard. You can see the file naming structure in the following screenshot.

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Copying Screenshot to Clipboard:

If you want to directly copy screenshot to clipboard and not save it in a file you can press Control key additionally while using any of the two shortcuts above.

Read more about taking screenshots on Mac here:

How to Edit Hosts File in Mac OS X using the Terminal

Your mac has a hosts file which contains a list of IP and domain addresses. Whenever a URL is accessed on the Mac using the browser or other apps, the system first checks for entries in the hosts file and fetches the IP address if found. So one can edit Mac’s hosts file to block specific domains like those sending ads or malware. It can be used to block unsafe sites on a Mac or even help downgrade iPhones to older firmware.

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