Image Capture's other tricks:
Part 2 of a tutorial by Peter Phun

Once your jpegs or digital files are on your Mac, double click that folder you created. You should see instantly that instead of generic icons or thumbnails like those below, you now get something useful.

generic thumbnails

Consider how much time you'll be saving as you're looking for pictures. No more double clicking to see what the picture is. The 2 files that are "highlighted" and selected are really the same file. Only their icons are different.

Opening any folders with images imported with Image Capture in "icon mode" shows you a thumbnail as its icon and you can actually do some editing without even launching iPhoto, Photoshop or Preview.

You've just created a sort of shortcut for yourself. Anytime you want to sort pictures, all you have to do is switch the view of your folder from list to icon. Remember earlier, under viewing options, you dragged the slider all the way to the right? You want your icons to be as big as you can,so sorting pictures just got easier.

image capture thumbnails

screenshot of image capture window1

screenshot of options after downloading

Now return to the very first dialog box which popped up after you connected your card reader and choose under "Automatic Task"

  • Build Web Page
  • Build Slide Show
  • crop to 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10
  • Other
  • The choice "Other" presents you with a dailog box for you to pick an application to launch. In my case, I selected Adobe Photoshop CS, that's why you see it's icon on the very bottom with that check mark next to it.

    Of the choices available, the 2nd one,"Build Web Page" is by far the most exciting if you ask me. When you select that, you will be presented with a dialog box that will ask where you want to save the folder that is generated. The folder will be named "webpage" by default but you can easily change its name just as you would any folder by clicking the name and typing a new name.

    icon of folder named webpage

    I usually tell it to create that new folder on the desktop. Then with the help of any FTP (file transfer protocol) client like CyberDuck you can upload it to your webserver or any of the free webservers like Tripod. Just sign up for a free account, register and stay tuned. In my next tutorial, I'll show you how to download CyberDuck, install it and set it up so you can upload that folder.

    Why CyberDuck you might ask? It's easy to use and it's free! Then you will be among the millions with web publishing capability.

    Next part 3: Going online, downloading and installing CyberDuck, signing up for a free webserver space and uploading your webpage!

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