Photo Stream is an amazing feature of the iCloud. It allows users to instantly access their photos on all of their iDevices. Similarly the same photos could also be accessed on your Mac. However, on Macs you would have to access Photo Stream via iPhoto. Some users dont like this a lot. It would have been better, if photos on the Mac could have been better to access the photos in some folder on the Mac instead of going through the iPhoto each time. In this article we will explain how to save Photo Stream photos in a folder on Mac OS X.
How to Save Photo Stream Photos in a Folder on Mac OS X
Some Mac users have shared a script in the Macworld forums that copies your Photo Stream photos into a folder on your computer’s hard drive. This might sound difficult, but its extremely easy. In order to make this happen, you just need a Mac with the latest version of iPhoto.
Once you have this, just follow the steps listed below save Photo Stream photos in a folder on Mac OS X.
Step 1: Go to Settings > iCloud to ensure that iPhoto’s iCloud settings are turned on.
Step 2: Now open your Apple Script Editor. You can do so by typing ‘Apple Script’ in Spotlight search bar
Step 3: Now paste the following code in the Script Editor:
Step 4: The target_folder in the fourth line of the code should be set to a folder of your own liking.
Step 5: Now just click Run.
That’s it! you would now be able to see your Photo Stream photos in the folder that you specified.
Note: The Apple script does not run in the background. So you would have to execute it everytime you want to see your latest photos in a folder of your choosing. Additionlly, you can save the script as an application in your /Applications folder to make executing it easier.
iCloud is still new for most users and many people are still asking questions about the multiple features included in iCloud. One of the most common questions is about removing the photos stored by iCloud in your photo stream. People want to remove some of their photos from iCloud photo stream that they think are of personal nature and do not want anyone using their iPhone to get access to these pictures. If this is your concern, read this article to learn how to reset your Photo Stream in iCloud.
Photo Stream is a new feature in iOS 5 and iCloud that allows users to keep their photos synced between devices. iCloud by default delete all photos that exceeds from the set threshold of 1000 photos or after 30 days of uploading. But you can also manually delete your photos from the iCloud photo stream.
How to Reset Your Photo Stream in iCloud
This process allows you to delete photos from your Photo Stream in iCloud. First thing you may need to do is to get access to advanced preferences in iCloud. For this, you have to go to www.iCloud.com from your PC. After getting access to iCloud’s preferences, follow the simple steps given below to delete photos from your iCloud photo stream.
- Start with clicking on your name after navigating to www.iCloud.com on your desktop. You can find your name at the top right of your screen.
- Go to Account Settings > Advanced.
- You can now find an option “Reset photo stream”, click the button.
- iCloud will ask you to confirm your action before deleting all your photos from Photo stream, confirm it to get it done.
This is it, you can now check your photos from your iPad or iPhone to confirm if they are still on your photo stream or removed. Most probably, all of your photos are removed so feel free to hand over your device to anyone without worrying about any unwanted access to your personal photos.
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This article is for users who have not yet started with the Photo Stream feature on iOS 5 and iCloud. I am going to take you through all such steps that will help you configure and then access Photo Stream on both Windows and Mac.
In order to use the Photo Stream you must have iOS 5. This feature will automatically enable the photos to get uploaded right from your camera roll to the iCloud and then transferred to other devices like iPad or even your own desktop computer. Hence there is no need to get the photos transferred manually between various devices. One photo taken on your iPhone will automatically be transferred to all the other devices to which you have subscribed for the Photo Stream.
How to setup the Photo Stream on iPhone
The Photo Stream in not enabled by default. So you will have to go to the iPhone Settings and tap on iCloud. You can get your iCloud activated by logging in with your Apple account. Then tap on Photo Stream option to turn the switch On and this will enable the feature.
That is it. Now once you take a photo on your iPhone using your Camera app it will automatically get uploaded to the Photo Stream of iCloud and transferred to all other linked devices. This upload will take place only with the new photos that are being taken from that point onwards and also only if your device is connected to WiFi.
How to access the Photo Stream when you are using Mac
If you want to access the Photo Stream on Mac, you will be required to have the iPhoto v9.2 or up. Just like the Photo Stream on iPhone, the feature needs to be enabled to get started with it. Therefore, open the iPhoto and chose Preferences option that is present in the menu bar.
From here, choose the option Photo Stream and then tap on the Enable Photo Stream option. This will activate it. Check on the box Automatic Import if you want to import all the photos from the Photo Stream to your photo library.
Tap on the Photo Stream button that is located on the left pane of the screen. It might take a bit longer to get all the photos downloaded from iCloud to iPhoto for the very first time you start using it.
How to access the whole Photo Stream on Windows
iCloud is only supported on Windows 7 and Vista (with service pack 2). In order to access the Photo Stream click here to download and install iCloud Control Panel.
After installing, click open the Control Panel, select Network and Internet, iCloud and then continue with the login with your Apple ID to access iCloud.
Check that the iCloud Control Panel is enabled. The Photo Stream will save and download all your photos by default in the folder My Photo Stream. If you want to change the location, click on the tab Option and set it to the folder where you want the photos to get saved.
Click on the button Apply and enable the Photo Stream. After waiting for a few minutes, the photos will start downloading in the folder My Photo Stream.
The latest Photo Stream feature in the iCloud and iPhone is simply wonderful. If you are on a WiFi network, the photo you took can be accessed on all of your devices. The same photo can also be used as a screensaver on your Apple Tv right there and then. But what if you took a photo that don’t intend to share on all your devices in the photo stream and you realize that there is no easy way to delete one such photo. Unfortunately you will have to live like this until the photo is pushed further by 1,000 more photos that you took with the passage of time or you will have to reset the entire stream. In this article we will explain how to remove unwanted photos from iCloud Photo Stream.
How to Remove Unwanted Photo from iCloud Photo Stream
Before getting started with it, make sure that you have a backup of the photos in your Photo stream. It is advisable to do so in Apple iPhoto or Aperture photo management programs.
- Go to iCloud.com and click on your name that is being displayed on the upper right hand corner of the screen.
- Click on the option Reset Photo Stream on the appearance of the pop-up.
- Once you have made the confirmation, go to the devices and turn the Photo Stream off to get back to the previous content.
- You will now have an empty Photo Stream but this can be easily filled back with the original stream using iPhoto and Aperture.
This is specially handy, since you wont be vulnerable to accidently exposing your very personal or private photo to someone else.
For users who have set up iCloud with iOS 5, the photos are hosted online on iCloud.com and can be streamed via Photo Stream to your current iPhone or other iDevices. Although, you can delete the pictures at any moment you want to. Apple removes those photos automatically after 30 days or if you have exceeded 1000 uploaded images.
How to Delete Pictures from Photo Stream and iCloud
If you want to delete the photos stored in iCloud manually, you can do so by performing the following steps.
- First you need to login to iCloud.com by using your Apple ID
- Now look at your name placed in the upper right corner of iCloud window.
- Now click on “Advanced”
- Now click on “Reset Photo Stream”
The message window displayed below about “Reset Photo Stream” asks to remove all photos from iCloud. This action will not delete any photos from your devices or computers. It means, that whether the picture is taken by using an iPhone or any other device, the picture will be available until or unless you manually delete from the Photos app. Resetting Photo Stream will actually delete the photos from “Photo Stream” folder and from iCloud.
What this means is that if a picture was taken on an iPhone, it will continue to be in your standard camera roll in the Photos app, but will be deleted from the “Photo Stream” folder, and from iCloud.
If you are to secure more space in your iCloud, you should start thinking about purchasing an upgraded plan in iCloud. The plans start from $20/year for 15GB storage space. In order to upgrade this just make sure that your photos, apps, iTunes music, do not add up to the free plan of 5GB available in iCloud storage space.
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