Sometimes managing images on your iOS device can be a bit arduous, especially when you have hundreds if not thousands of images on your device. Fortunately Apple has supplied an awesome tool that you can use to manage the images taken with your iPhone or iPad, which doesn’t require you to use iPhoto and without having to sync.
Image Capture, which is located within the Applications folder, treats your iOS device just like a connected digital camera. Unlike iPhoto, Image Capture doesn’t require you to import your images to manage them. First connect your iOS device to your Mac and open the Image Capture App. As you can see by the image below, Image Capture displays your device in the left column and, when selected, displays a list of images taken with that device on the right.
There are several options available through Image Capture for managing your images. At the bottom of the pane, starting from the left, you can change your view from a list to icons making it easier to view your images. Using the icons that are circle arrows you can select images and rotate them clockwise or counter clockwise. The “no” icon or prohibition sign is how you delete images from your device. Select any of the images that you would like to purge from your devices using “command” and clicking on images individually, then clicking the “no” button will remove the selected images from your camera roll.
Import To allows you to select a specified location to which to download your pictures. By default, you can place your images into the Pictures folder of your drive; however, clicking on the drop-down menu, you can specify other options such as iPhoto, Aperture, or a specific location such as an external hard drive.
Image Capture also provides a great deal of information regarding your images that includes the filenames, the date taken, file size, aperture, depth, color space, width and height, DPI, EXIF, focal length, shutter speed, ISO, location data, and whether or not the flash was used. Though it’s likely a lot of this information isn’t necessary for use with an iOS device, it’s great to know it’s there and handy for using a high-end digital camera.
Wil Limoges is a Louisville, KY freelance web designer and Digital Savant at the vimarc group. He has had the pleasure of working for Apple as a Genius, loves science, and aspires to make great things!