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Auto Import Photos from Android Phone to iPhoto on OS X
I have been using an iPhone since its inception and well, since the iPhone 5 I realized I've been wasting a ****load of money on a phone that is overpriced, underpowered and featureless. In comes the Samsung Galaxy S4 and to say I am stoked is an understatement.
There are a few things that I did like with the iPhone that I have to find and learn other ways to do. Importing photos into iPhoto seamlessly is one of them. What I did before was plug in iPhone, iPhoto starts, import all, delete from source. Then I would delete crappy pics, create albums, crop edit and share away like a mindless Facebook zombie I am.
To do this with my new phone wasn't easy to figure out. There are ideas of using Dropbox, don't want to rely on an external service nor do I want to sync with dropbox. It's slow. Plus I have my MacBook pictures directory syncing to a NAS that then sends off to CrashPlan. I don't want to muck with more changes and folders not to mention it's not automagic. In comes Automator.
The first thing you need to do is find a service that can do a data sync on your phone. Choose whatever you wish. I chose SyncMate. I plug in the phone, it syncs specified things. Simple enough.
To make the automagic part work, first create a folder in your iPhoto library called import or something similar. Then setup a one-way sync from your phone to this directory. Should looks like this:
Then go into Spotlight and type Automator.
You'll get this app that pops up that lets you do certain custom actions.
Choose Folder Action:
Then in the left main frame, on the right column scroll down to "Import files Into iPhoto"
and drag it into the right frame.
There choose your Import folder that you created at the very beginning of this guide.
Then I choose to create a new album and delete source files.
Then sync away. Once you launch iPhoto your photos should be in there under the latest import of some untitled album. Clean up and do what you want.
Seems to be the only viable solution for me yet. The issue I had with using iPhoto detecting my phone and importing automatically is that I have my photos on my external SD card. iPhoto doesn't seem to see it. If anyone has ideas on that please let me know.
The only thing I can't do is delete the file on the phone easily. Then it gets recopied. So that's a bummer.
This solution sucks