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In iPhone and iPod Touch iOS 4 Essential Training, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch (OS 4.0): making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.
Being able to store and view photos and videos on your iPhone or iPod touch's photo library is great, in that it gives you immediate access to them to show to friends or other people. But there will be times when the people you want to show your content to aren't standing right next to you, so you can just hold your device up in front of them. So in this movie we are going to look at some options you have for remotely sharing your photos and videos. Start by opening Photos, open the album containing the image you want to share, and then tap the photo to select it. Next, tap the button in the lower left- hand corner to reveal the sharing options.
Email Photo creates a new e-mail message with the photo attached. All you have to do here is enter an address in the To field, type a subject, and if you want, type some text in the body of the message, and then send it off. I will just cancel that and tap Delete Draft. If you are on an iPhone, you also have the option to send the photo as a multimedia message by tapping MMS. That opens a new MMS screen, where you can enter the recipient's phone number or tap the Plus symbol to select the person from your Contacts to send this image to. Again, I will just cancel here. The third option is to Send to MobileMe.
If you subscribe to Apple's MobileMe service, this lets you send the photo directly to your online web photo gallery, where visitors to your gallery can view them right away. This is a useful feature if you want to share an image with multiple recipients but don't want to send them all individual e-mails or individual MMS messages. Of course, you have to pay $100 a year for the ability to use MobileMe, so you'll have to determine if it's worth it on your own. But all you need to do here is type a title for your image and an optional description, and then you will tap Publish to send it to your online gallery. Again, we'll just cancel. So those are the options for sharing photos.
Let's go back to our Photo Library and find a video to share. Here, we tap the same button in the lower left-hand corner, and on the iPhone we have the same three options to e-mail, MMS, or Publish to MobileMe. But since this is a video, we also have the option to publish the video on YouTube. Your iPhone will take a moment to compress the video. You have to have an existing YouTube account to do this, but once you log in, you can enter a title and description, just like when you are publishing to the MobileMe account. You can also create tags to make your video easier to find, as well as select a category.
Once you are done, you would just tap Publish to send the video to YouTube. I will cancel that. So those are most of the options you have to share photos and videos, but you might have noticed that each of these methods only lets you share one photo or video at a time. There may be times when you want to attach several photos to an e-mail. To do so, go to the album containing the photos you want to send. Then tap the button in the upper right-hand corner. This reveals two buttons at the bottom of the screen: Share and Copy. If you have your Camera Roll selected as your album, you will also see a Delete button down here, but you can't delete photos from your regular album, so I only see Share and Copy at the moment.
Now just start tapping the images you want to send. Notice as I tap, that a running count of the images I am tapping appears in each of the two buttons. Now I currently have five images selected. That's the limit of the amount of images I can select if I want to use the Copy button. Notice if I tap one more image, the Copy button becomes unavailable. So I will tap that image again to deselect it. There is also a limit to how many images you can select if you want to use Share, and that limit is 9. So notice if I select more images, once I tap the tenth image, the Share button becomes unavailable as well.
So for this example, let's just select three images. Now I will tap Share, which as you can see, gives me the same Email and MMS options I had before. If you are on an iPod touch, you will only have the Email option available. Let's tap Email. So that opens a new message with the photos attached. Let's fill in a To address, so I can show you what happens when you send your e-mail. And I will just type a subject of photos, and now let's tap Send.
So now, Mail is telling me my message is going to be 2.3 megabytes in size, and this is a great feature because I can see if my files are going to be too large before I actually send them off. And as you can see, we have the option to optimize the images right from here, and each option includes an estimate of the approximate file size. So if, for example, you are just sending a snapshot to a friend, you know they are not going to print out, you can just send them these small or medium size. If you want them to be able to see more detail, or have the high resolution for printing out, choose Large or Actual Size; I will just choose Medium, and the message is sent.
Okay, so that's the Share option that lets you send up to 9 images via e-mail or MMS. Now we also saw that we have the Copy option. So again, you can select up to five different images. Then I will tap Copy, and now I can switch to another app like, again, my Mail program. I can create a new message, and then double-tap in the body and choose Paste. That places all the photos into my message as attachments.
Again, once you send this file, you will get those options to choose smaller file sizes for your images. We'll just cancel this. So those are the options for sharing your photos, and it works pretty much the same way for sharing video files, but you can only have one video file selected to use the Share button, though you can still select up to five videos to use the Copy button.
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