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    "Bypasses all of iTunes' frustrating photo limitations."

    January 23, 2009  |   By TonyFabris


    Have you ever been frustrated by iTunes' complete lack of freedom with regard to managing the photos on your iPhone or iTouch? This program gets around that completely, allowing you to freely drag and drop individual photos to and from the iPhone.


    CopyTrans Photo doesn't yet let you edit the photos in the "Camera Roll" section of the iPhone. It only edits the photos in the iPhone's general photo library. But that's OK for me since that's the only place I need to use it.


    I have a lot of complaints about the way photo management is handled on the iPhone/iPod Touch, when using the default iTunes software that comes with it.

    For example, iTunes doesn't let you pick and choose individual photos from your computer to copy to the iPhone, you must only choose parent folders. But my photos were already organized on my computer's hard disk in a complex hierarchical tree, and I didn't want to change it. iTunes' limitations meant that it became an all-or-nothing situation: Either I copy my entire photo library to the iPhone, including all of the cruft in the sub-sub directories, or I'd need to completely rearrange my computer's hard disk if I wanted any control over which photos went onto the iPhone and which ones didn't.

    Sure, iTunes can integrate with commercial photo managers like iPhoto or Adobe Album, but I don't own those products and I don't want to use them. What I really needed was a way to just drag and drop photos to and from the phone without using iTunes at all.

    CopyTrans Photo to the rescue! It completely opens up the photo library on the iPhone so I can manipulate it directly, dragging and dropping photos and creating photo albums as if it were just another hard disk.

    The support for CopyTrans Photo is also exceptional. I noticed that it had a bug related to EXIF rotation (a bug, I might add, that iTunes *also* has, and *still* has), and I emailed them about it. I got an immediate email back asking for more details, so I sent some example files to them which clearly demonstrated the problem. Just a couple weeks later, got an email announcing that they had fixed the bug and a new version was available for download. I tried it, and sure enough, it fixed the bug. I was very impressed.

    Please note: When you try the free demo version of CopyTrans Photo, a visible watermark is placed onto images you transfer between the computer and the phone. The purchased version of the product doesn't do this, of course. CopyTrans Photo is so useful and so inexpensive ($29.99 at the time of this writing) that the purchase is a no-brainer.

    Updated on Jan 23, 2009

    By the way: The EXIF rotation bug I mentioned... I found the bug in version 2.25 of the software, and the bug is fixed in version 2.26 and later.

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