As good as iTunes is, in some respects it’s just brain dead. Take the case of synching your photos between a PC and an iPad. I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) and have a number of photos taken over many years and other jpegs of paintings. Quite a number of these are drafts, duplicates or thumbnail-sized images. These are all in various folders and subfolders nested deep within “My Photos”. Can I select individual images to synch with iPad? No, I have to select folders which is unfortunate if I have, say, thumbnails in a subfolder; ALL the image get transferred to the iPad including thumbnails. How brain dead is that? Or am I brain dead and missing something obvious?
There ain’t such an ugly thing as an iPad displaying thumbnails expanded to fill the screen! I don’t want the thumbnails on the iPad; I want my high resolution images to show off to my friends!
I have been forced to create a new folder and COPY the relevant images to that new folder, and then tell iTunes to synch with that folder. So now I’ve got duplicate images on my PC and I have to remember to update the images in the new folder when I update images in my original folder…there may be software that can help with that but why am I forced to do that.
This is what Apple says (8 July 2010) at: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1389:
The syncing options include:
- If you use iPhoto 4.0.3 or later in Mac OS X, you can have iTunes automatically sync all of your photos and albums or just certain albums every time you connect your iPod.
- If you are using Adobe Photoshop Elements versions 3.0 or later, you can sync all of your photos or just certain collections of photos.
- If you are using Adobe Photoshop SE in Windows, you can sync either all of your photos or certain collections of photos. If you are using Adobe Photoshop Album SE in Windows, you can only sync all of your photos.
Note: While Photoshop Album allows you to sync only certain collections, Photoshop Album SE does not allow you to assign collection tags that are required for this to work.
- If you are not using any of the above applications, you can sync all of the photos in a selected folder, or only photos in specific folders inside the selected folder. Folders inside the selected folder will be displayed as photo albums on the iPod, but not subfolders beneath them.
Also, why is the Video synch check option under Photos? Is that the only option in trying to choose which videos to synch?
One other thing. Whenever iTunes synchs my IE8 bookmarks with iPad’s Safari, iTunes messes up the order of URL shortcuts within the “Links” bookmark folder which is used for showing URL shortcuts on the “Favorites” bar. It also messes with the contents of other folders but I need to have some some URL shortcuts in a certain order eg when opening all the links in a folder I want them to open in a certain order. Why oh why does iTunes mess around with my stuff?
So Apple stuff “just works”? hmmm…I think that’s a stretch!