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As you're likely aware, when you plug in an iOS device or a camera to your Mac, this is what happens. So plugged in my iPod Touch. Not only does iTunes launch, but also iPhoto. If I want to import an image, I select it in iPhoto and I choose Import Selected, or I can choose Import X Number of Photos. So I'll import that one image. I'll choose to Keep Photo and there's my image. Now that's great if you want to store all your photos in iPhoto, but what if you don't? What if you want to put them somewhere else? Well there's another tool for doing that.
So we're going to quit iPhoto and I'll quit iTunes because that launched because of the iPod, and now I'm going to open something called Image Capture, and here it is. Now here is Image Capture. It lists my device, which is my iPod Touch, and it includes all the images on it. In this case, to import an image, I simply select it, and now I can choose where to import it to. So, it could go to my Picture's folder, Desktop, Documents, various applications, or if I choose other, I could select a folder to bring it into.
In this case let's put it on the desktop so you'll see how this works. I click on import. There is my image, and there we are. So now I'm going to plug my camera in. Once again iPhoto launches, and there are my images. Well, what if I don't want iPhoto to launch? No problem. We'll go to iPhoto, choose Preferences, Connecting camera opens, Image Capture. Now I will quit iPhoto, and here's my camera card, and here are all the images that are on that camera.
I can import all of them or I can select a few, and I can click Import and it will import just those images. By the way, if you didn't want to change that setting in iPhoto to have iPhoto launch when you plugged in a camera or something like an iPod, you can change it here, and instead choose to have Image Capture launch when you plug in a camera or something like an iPod. One of the other advantages of the Image Capture is you get to see more information about your images. So you can see their file size, the date they were taken, their aperture, depth, color space, and width, for example.
Also, if you have a scanner, this is the application that you'll use to use your scanner. So if you're ready to make a scan, put your document into the scanner. If there's a button that initiates Scan, Image Capture will automatically open and show you a preview of the document that you're going to scan. At that point, resize the selection rectangle to get just the stuff you want, choose Import, and then your image will be scanned. And that's Image Capture, another way to bring images into your Mac.
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