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09/07/2005 06:20:15 PM · #1
hi --

informal poll here. i was just wondering how many of you use transfer software to move files from you camera to the computer.

IF YOU DO:
please mention what software you use and why you have chosen to use it.

IF YOU DON'T:
please state why you don't care to use it and any software that you have had experience with.

i'm doing this for a couple of reasons, on the site and off. i'm putting together a few preliminary ideas for a software design review for school, but i'm also interested to see how pervasive the software is in our user base.

thanks!
09/07/2005 06:27:41 PM · #2
iPhoto

Because it's simple, it does it's job and it never gets in my way.
09/07/2005 06:30:04 PM · #3
Hello-

Do I use transfer software? NOPE!

Why?
1. I hate having to re-name or name pictures to get them off of my camera.
2. It seems that all the software I've tried (okay the two) wants to re-name, re-size and all that crap that I just really don't need software to do for me.
3. I want total control over what is being put on my rig. (PC)

So how do I get pics off the camera? I copy and paste them. Maybe not the best way, but like I said I'll do all the re-naming and stuff on my own.

Software I've used, Kodak easyshare (crap) and the MS photo transfer wizard, which isn't bad for being a MS tool.

JM2C

NaldSLC

Message edited by author 2005-09-07 18:33:55.
09/07/2005 06:31:21 PM · #4
I don't, at least I don't think I do.

I take my memory stick, put it in the card reader, dump it to a special folder on my harddrive and go from there.
09/07/2005 06:33:35 PM · #5
I've just been having a look at Photo Mechanic I'm particularly impressed with the Ingest Disk process.
09/07/2005 06:36:13 PM · #6
Zoombrowser

I keep coming back to this one because it gets the photos off the card (via cardreader) and into a folder, then lines them up ready to view in the slideshow.
I like their slideshow because of the rating system, but mostly because of the little selector tick: I go through them all, first round I tick all the ones that I will delete without a doubt (i.e. the really BAD ones), then I do a couple more rounds to eliminate further. Very easy to mark and delete.

After that, when the choices of which pics to keep becomes harder, there is the 3 star rating system, as well.

Zoombrowser also has oodles of other functions that are good enough until I get down to the nitty gritty of dealing with the "good" photos.
09/07/2005 06:36:47 PM · #7
I use PictureProject.

I use it because with PP I can label folders and files differently for each month, and that has come in quite handy.

Even though PP does allow for limited file editing, I never do anything to the files in PP, just use it for transfer.
09/07/2005 06:48:42 PM · #8
I have 3 cardreaders one I travel with one built into the computer and a new ome to read my bigger (1gig)XD card my travel one can only read up to 512meg cards. So I just copy my files from my cards to my desktop and use a program called the rename to batch rename the files and then browse the images, sort them and put them in a folder ie flora family etc in a master folder called library.
09/07/2005 06:55:00 PM · #9
ACDSee

Hit Acquire. Tell it to use the CF card and click go. (next, or whatever the button is)

It automatically creates a dated folder for me in a directory I have previously specified. And it automatically gathers all of the files from all of the subdirectories off the CF card (Canon uses \DCIM\xxxCANON with a separate folder for every 100 pictures).

So a couple of clicks of the button and I'm there. When it finishes, ACDSee is already up and ready for me to browse thru my images. And (except for Raw images) it is blazingly fast.

I like it because I don't have to futz around with windows explorer and do any folder creation or copy/paste (drag/drop) business.
09/07/2005 06:59:55 PM · #10
I use Nikon View. This way I can batch name the images, and include info data. In addition I have found that PS does a poor job with the RAW color profile. If I import the image from Nikon Capture to PS the color is much better/more accurate.
09/07/2005 07:00:03 PM · #11
I just copy and paste off the card because it's the simplest way for me, and I know for sure it doesnt mess around with the EXIF data for DPC.
09/07/2005 07:04:33 PM · #12
i just copy the files from the CF card to the hard drive then rename the folder with the name of the dpc challenge or the date.

09/07/2005 07:05:03 PM · #13
I always drag and drop from the CFcard to my external HD. I tried using photoshop elements to do it but it took forever, it changed the order and the program was a general PITA.
09/07/2005 07:05:41 PM · #14
I also copy/paste. To me this is the easiest, fastest way to transfer. If something goes awry ( a very rare occurrence) then I still have the files on the card.
I check the transferred files out, then later reformat the card in-camera. The files are also regularly backed up to an external hard disk. They pretty much at all times exist in at least two places.
I should have an off-site backup as well, which as yet I don't have. I'm thinking another external hdd for this.
09/07/2005 07:08:57 PM · #15
I just copy and paste from the card reader like a floppy disk, except to shortcut this I made an item in the right-click "Send To..." menu. Just create a shortcut to the folder you normally copy images to and put it in the folder "C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\SendTo" where <username> is your login. This folder might be hidden so you might have to set "show hidden" in the -->Tools-->Folder Options menu.
09/07/2005 08:03:05 PM · #16
Originally posted by sher9204:

i just copy the files from the CF card to the hard drive then rename the folder with the name of the dpc challenge or the date.

What Sher said.


Message edited by author 2005-09-07 20:05:04.
09/07/2005 08:06:03 PM · #17
I use Canon's Zoombrowser, the new version 5.2 is much better.

09/07/2005 08:14:26 PM · #18
Picasa 2- Easy Easy Easy and also organizes my pics on the hard drive.
09/07/2005 08:20:29 PM · #19
Cut/Paste from my card reader. I used to use the Canon sw, but it was slow, since the G5 I had supported only USB 1.1 as does the 10D. My card reader is USB 2 and that makes it a no-brainer really.
09/07/2005 08:23:08 PM · #20
I hate the ones that build a new directory on the CF card or a dated entry on the hard drive. Just stick to the plain and simple XP Explorer (now can view RAW files) or Adobe Bridge. I'm finding the new PS CS2 suite is good in integrating all the different programs. I want to be in total control where my pics are saved. HECK ... I just want to be in total control period!
09/07/2005 08:43:20 PM · #21
Nikon View works well for me. It automatically plops everything into the folder I designate, and I have it set to name folders by date for organizational purposes. With my D70s, it also automatically rotates the images the proper way, which certainly saves me a lot of time!
09/07/2005 09:33:04 PM · #22
I use Downloader Pro because, well, it's the best tool out there.

Upon insertion of my CF card, DLPro starts.
DLPro recognizes which camera I shot with.
DLPro automatically downloads the files that haven't yet been downloaded using the path and file naming convention I specify. Specifically, my "download tokens" expand to:

P:\camera-model\year-month\year-month-day job-name\5-digit image-id

I have it prompt for the "job name" before downloading starts. The year-month-day is of course the date the picture was taken, not when it was downloaded. And although it may seem redundant to have "year-month\year-month-day" (as opposed to something like "year-month\day"), using this convention allows me to at a glance see what folder I'm looking for in either the title bar or the "Windows Explorer" tab in the task bar.

Downloader Pro rocks, and is one of the key tools in my digital workflow. I'd be lost without it!

Message edited by author 2005-09-07 21:36:51.
09/07/2005 09:33:09 PM · #23
thanks for the feedback so far. this is great! anyone else? i need to start gathering some hard information about this stuff.
09/07/2005 09:47:50 PM · #24
No card reader so I use the camera to transfer. The only thing I have found that will recognize the 20D is the stuff that came with it..Canon EOS Viewer Utility. None of the software I have that has transfer capabilities (PI10, PE8, PA8) recognizes the Canon.
09/07/2005 09:58:22 PM · #25
iPhoto, same as StrangeGhost. It literally takes one button to download all files into a visual library organized by date, and originals are preserved automatically if I crop or edit a photo. Hit another button and I can backup to DVD, open an image in Photoshop or upload photos to a website. Simple.
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