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Welcome to PhotoUpLink for iPhoto, the most direct way to communicate your images or video without a costly annual subscription or providing personal information. PhotoUpLink connects your media library to any Internet site, database or document, providing innovative presentation and storage solutions. For business and personal use, PhotoUpLink offers unparalled distribution facilities, maximizing your present connectivity situation by providing more effective warehousing and location of assets.

With PhotoUpLink installed, iPhoto becomes an equal partner in the asset management space, enabling users to upload video or photos to any FTP site, any ODBC data source, or into Microsoft Office documents with ease. Simply select the albums or items you wish to distribute, click Export then choose the PhotoUplink dialogs to specify destination and recipients of automated notification. From new families to Blogpaper conglomerates, a broad strata of users can benefit from this toolset.

The initial download from PhotoUpLink.com consists of an installer for the iPhoto 5+ export plugin. Make sure that iPhoto is closed before you run the installer. When you then run iPhoto, PhotoUpLink will now show up in the Export Photos dialog after Export is selected from the File menu.

Notice the number of items at the bottom left. If you have selected short videos imported from your camera, they will show up in the item count as well as the still photos, PhotoUpLink processes both video and images. The screenshot here shows the trial mode information.

All of the features of PhotoUpLink are available in trial mode, files processed will be limited to 5 items per export. To purchase the unlimited license for PhotoUpLink, click the Purchase button shown here. Upon completion of your order, a registration key will be emailed to the address you provided. Click Activate to enter this key. If your copy of PhotoUpLink is lost or corrupted, simply re-enter the license key if necessary after re-installing the latest version of PhotoUpLink. Make sure iPhoto is closed before running the installer, an uninstall applet is placed in the Applications folder PhotoUpLinkUninstall if wish to remove it.

At the bottom of the Export dialog you will see four other tabs, each containing a major feature set.

FTP

PhotoUpLink allows you to use your own FTP space, or any FTP space to store and forward items directly from iPhoto.

Server:

Any FTP, FTPS, or SFTP site.

Folder:

The folder that will contain the images. It will be created if necessary, as long as the logged in has the priviledges required to create a folder, in the location specified.

Username:

The username for the FTP site

Password:

The password for the FTP site. Note this is stored and sent as unencrypted, clear text, in all cases.

Insert keywords:

Your iPhoto keywords can be embedded in photos for automated keyword import into Flickr, Fotki, Picasa, and any other IPTC supporting photo sharing or stock photo web service, all from one plugin.

Use SFTP (SSH):

SFTP is supported. Note that the email notification and keyword features are not available in this mode, it is upload only.

Create notification email – base view URL:

Email is automatically generated containing links to FTP or HTTP accessible files that can be clicked on by the recipient. There are two attachments, one an AppleScript for Mac users that will import the files selected into a new iPhoto album. Note that this AppleScript currently supports HTTP import only with no authorization. The PC attachment when clicked on activates the Windows PhotoUplink reader, which then automatically imports the files into a new folder under My Pictures. This eliminates the need for large attachments of multiple files that may get rejected by mail servers and clog the recipient’s Inbox. PC PhotoUpLink supports both HTTP and FTP importing, with or without authorization.

It is crucial that the URL you type in here is formed correctly for the outward facing server access. The FTP location maybe totally different from the eventual HTTP folder address that used to download the images, though in many cases, it could be the same. With this feature PhotoUpLink enables personal area publishing and workgroup area publishing; one-to-contacts, using your existing address books - as well as one-to-many publishing.

Database

PhotoUpLink extracts certain information from the iPhoto library and can send it to a database of your choice. One row of data is created for each image or video selected. The information contained in each row is: Album, Filename, Width, Height, Format, Caption, Rotation, Aspect Ratio, Ranking, Comments, Keywords, and Pathname.





Three kinds of databases are supported:

Excel

To use the Excel export, select Excel as the database output format. It is required that you set an output location also before running. Click Select then choose the folder and name of the file to be created. Existing files cannot be overwritten, and adding the .xls extension is not required. Excel will automatically open and create a new spreadsheet with the information in it when you click Export. If you encounter any problems, try opening Excel first then click Export again.

FileMaker

This functions almost the same as creating an Excel spreadsheet, expect a new FileMaker file is created that you can then merge into other databases or run scripts on to search for specific information or keywords. The database created is compatible with FileMaker 7 and above.

ODBC

Selecting this feature enables the binary data of each image or video, along with item metadata, to be sent to any data source that has an ODBC driver installed for it on your computer. A data source that supports binary objects is required. This includes MySQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, or Microsoft SQL Server. The user logged in must have the privilege level necessary to create and write to a table. In this case, clicking Select will open a Data Source selection dialog:




A list of Data Source names will be obtained and presented for selection. Once the Data Source is selected, the database and table are then determined:




The table name chosen must not already exist or the export will fail. Table names with spaces or special characters will also fail. iPhoto library keywords are embedded into the table to allow SELECTs based on those keywords as well as other information.


 

Document

The Document features of PhotoUpLink let the user create PowerPoint presentations, Word documents or Zip archives of the images selected.



PowerPoint

PowerPoint presentations are created automatically for you, with one image per slide. The comments for that image from the iPhoto library are placed on the slide underneath the image. The images can then be resized and relocated, and the text modified and added to. To create a presentation, select PowerPoint as the document output format. It is required that you set an output location also before running. Click Select then choose the folder and name of the file to be created. Existing files cannot be overwritten, and adding the .ppt extension is not required here. PowerPoint will automatically open and create a new presentation with the images in it when you click Export. If you encounter any problems, try opening PowerPoint first then click Export again. Video is not yet supported.

Word

Word documents are created with one image per page. The title of the image is inserted as text at the top of the page. The image is then added, followed by the image comment from the iPhoto library at the bottom of the page. A hard page break is the inserted. This allows maximum flexibility for further editing of text, relocation and resizing of the image. To create a document, select Word as the document output format. It is required that you set an output location also before running. Click Select then choose the folder and name of the file to be created. Existing files cannot be overwritten, and adding the .doc extension is not required. PowerPoint will automatically open and create a new presentation with the images in it when you click Export. If you encounter any problems, try opening Word first then click Export again. Video is not supported.

Archive

Using a Zip archive, you can bundle a group of images and video into one convenient file. To create a Zip archive, select Archive as the document output format. It is required that you set an output location also before running. Click Select then choose the folder and name of the file to be created.

Effect

Two effects are provided, creating panoramas and concatenating videos.


Join selected photos together

Currently this works best if all the images are the same size. Click Save Panorama As… to define the location and name of the output file, TIFF output only is supported at this time.

Join selected videos together

This feature is ideal as many digital still cameras also allow you to shoot short videos. Click Save Movie As… to define the location and name of the output file, MOV output only is supported, the movie is saved as flattened with no reference to the original files.

 

iPhone

Export over WiFi to any iPhone or iPod Touch running PhotoUpLink for iPhone. Select the photos you want from any album. Click Export -> PhotoUpLink -> iPhone and your device should show up in the list. Click in that, then click Export. PhotoUpLink for iPhone must be running at this time

 


 

Exported photos will show up in the Camera Roll album on an iPhone, or in the Saved Photos album on an iPod Touch.

Transfers can take a considerable amount of time, be patient, even if the progress bars are not moving.
This is an early version of this feature.