You know what they say about things that are free, right? “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” So, when someone comes along with a free app or utility the Mincey’s thick eyebrows go into overdrive and rise up like a true skeptic.
Free on this Friday is PhotoSync, a useful Mac app which does what even Apple doesn’t make so easy. Copy photos and videos quickly and easily from Mac to iPhone or iPad. Yes, I know. AirDrop works, but not on all Macs and not on all iPhones and iPads. PhotoSync does that (mostly). And more.
The way PhotoSync on the Mac works is rather straightforward. Install PhotoSync on Mac, iPhone, or iPad (there’s a catch; more on that in a moment). Open PhotoSync on your Mac and connect to the iPhone or iPad running PhotoSync. Select the destination device and send the photos on their way.
Remember what I said about no free lunch?
PhotoSync for Mac is free. PhotoSync for iPhone and iPad is not. But PhotoSync comes with a few other features which make it worth the nominal price tag. For example, it lets you backup, upload, or download photos to and from Dropbox, Flickr, Google+ / Picasa, Facebook, SmugMug, Zenfolio, Box, 500px, OneDrive, GoogleDrive and even SugarSync (as well as sFTP, WebDAV, a NAS, or other online storage options. You won’t need extra cables and Wi-Fi works fine.
The iOS version, the one with the price tag, actually has more features and capability. For example, send photos from your digital camera directly to PhotoSync on your iPhone or iPad. There’s also a version for Android devices and Windows PCs.
Apple’s AirDrop technology to share files between devices works well enough when devices are compatible, but not between devices from different manufacturers. PhotoSync does that with ease.