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Uploading Photos and Videos From iPhone To Microsoft OneDrive

 

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I have upgraded accounts in both iCloud (50gb) and Microsoft OneDrive (ITB). The ITB from Microsoft OneDrive comes with the Office 365 monthly subscription so upgrading to a higher cloud storage for iCloud seems unnecessary for me if I could upload photos and videos from my iPhone to Microsoft OneDrive’s mobile app.

The basic way to upload from your iPhone to Microsoft OneDrive is, of course, to enable Camera Upload in your OneDrive mobile app. This feauture allows your photos and videos taken on your iPhone to be uploaded automatically to your OneDrive without having to open the OneDrive app.

I didn’t have technical issues with this Camera Upload feature before but lately bugs in Microsoft OneDrive are becoming frequent. No matter how many times I keep refreshing the Camera Upload page, I would still see the “up to date” message and it wouldn’t sync properly. Manually uploading the files by tapping on the + icon on my OneDrive doesn’t seem to do the trick some of the time. At one point, it would say I was uploading 3 videos and then in 3 seconds it would say I was uploading 1 video.

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A successful upload done within OneDrive should appear like this. 
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If the number of uploads correspond to what you see under the Progress tab,  you can tap on Home from Asssistive Touch and leave OneDrive open without affecting upload progress. 

A better way to upload photos and videos from your iPhone to your Microsoft OneDrive account is to do it via the iPhone’s Photos app options. I am using Videos as an example because I encounter more upload glitches in Microsoft OneDrive.

1 – Go to the Videos album in your iPhone’s Photos and select the videos you want to upload to OneDrive.

 

2 – Tap on the Share icon on the lower left corner.

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3 – Tap on More and enable OneDrive. I could only upload 10 videos at a time and if I exceed that number, the OneDrive icon would not appear even if I enabled it.

 

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4 – Select the folder you wish to upload your videos to.

 

5 – Wait for the files to complete uploading. If you go to Home without the completed uploads, you will lose your progress.

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How To Send Uncropped Images Via Instagram Direct Message

When I first started sending out group direct messages to my friends on Instagram, I didn’t mind that the images sent via direct messages are partially cut off. That is, until I started to send more images or photos with text on them and the obsessive-compulsive personality in me inwardly protested. I found a workaround for it and it does solve the partially cut off dilemma in most images.

 

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Right within the DM feature when you select a photo, an arrow up button sends the photo. From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 

 

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From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 
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Instead of uploading the image directly within the DM platform, an alternative would be to go to the photo feed or the home menu of Instagram and click on the Plus button which serves the same function of uploading photos. 
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After clicking on upload photo, this is what you would then see on the screen. On the left side is the adjust image button. Just click on it to retain the original size of the photo. 
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A look at the adjusted photo just before clicking on Next
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After clicking Next, you’ll see Filter options
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Don’t forget to click on Direct. 
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Compare the uploaded photos. 

 

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Download Photo Albums vs FB Album Downloader & MyAlbum for Facebook

I’ve been testing two Android mobile apps since yesterday – one is the FB Album Downloader and the other is called MyAlbum for Facebook. What I was basically aiming at is to be able to completely download ALL photos of a particular album in my old Facebook account to my Android smartphone. FB Album Downloader and MyAlbum for Facebook showed up in the top search results so I was inclined to trust one or the other could do the job.

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I learned those 4 star ratings do sway a lot of users. I became disappointed with FB Album Downloader when it would only transfer 99 photos out of the 184 from the album I selected. MyAlbum for Facebook, on the other hand, had more positive reviews which didn’t sound relatable to me, at least during the first attempt. I only saw 60 transferred photos even after the download confirmation. My phone has a 32G external memory so I wonder what’s the excuse.

In all fairness to FB Album Downloader, the program performed well with Facebook album download containing less than 50 pictures. It brought me back to 2008 when Facebook users could only upload a maximum of 60 photos and you would eventually end up with a string of albums in a Roman Numeral progression. In 2009 this upload restriction was lifted, which explains why I had 184 photos in an old Facebook photo album.

Neither app worked so I took to the web and discovered a Facebook page called Download Photo Albums. There’s a desktop application to be installed and after which you will be prompted to log in to your Facebook account. I honestly would have preferred if the zip download was cloud-based but that didn’t matter anymore because the download and installation was a breeze. Way cooler was the fact that it downloaded all my 36 Facebook albums in less than 5 minutes. All I had to do then was connect my phone to my laptop and copy and paste the photo album in the Photos folder of my phone’s external memory.

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PhotoLoader For Facebook

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I use PhotoLoader for Facebook when I need to upload batches of pictures right from the iPhone or iPad. If you have segregated some photos into an album on the Photos, PhotoLoader makes it very convenient to upload the whole album to your Facebook account. No need to upload snapshots one by one – PhotoLoader for Facebook will then start the seamless upload with a few clicks.

Steps in Using PhotoLoader for Facebook:

1. Log in to your Facebook account within PhotoLoader. It will automatically load all the albums which are already in your Facebook account.

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2. Tap Upload on the lower bar. From the Upload window, there’s an Organize button. Tapping on Organize will bring up two upload options: Add individual Photos or Add a Photo Album.

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3. For this tutorial I will pick Add individual Photos. I selected 3 photos of my niece wearing a blonde wig.

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4. Click on Upload. You have the options to upload them in order or randomly.

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5. If you don’t have the preferred album set up previously on Facebook, you can create a new album within the app itself by clicking on New.

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6. Enter Photo Album information. Tap on Upload and your upload begins. You will be notified after all pictures have been successfully uploaded.

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PhotoBeamer For Transferring Photos

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I had experimented with several photo transfer apps from the App Store. Gadgets such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad do not enable transferring photos between those devices using the Bluetooth feature alone.

 

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Last year I discovered PhotoBeamer to be the most convenient I’ve used when forwarding a photo from my Camera Roll to my friend’s iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad device. It’s free to download from the App Store. Sometimes when you don’t want to sync or e-mail or share a Photo Stream for just one single photo, all you need to do is make sure your friend also has PhotoBeamer downloaded.

 

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Now that the device you wish to quickly transfer your photos to already has PhotoBeamer installed, you both need to tap “Connect” within the app and make sure Bluetooth is activated so the connection between wireless Apple devices can be enabled. You’ll be asked to select a photo from Camera Roll and just tap “Beam” to beam a photo to another device.

It’s ideal to use for single photo beaming only.

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Photo Text Editor Experimentation

It often happens that I would make notes of a particular topic to write about for later completion but a sudden insight overshadows it and pushes it back to my to-do list. Every now and then I allow myself to be sidetracked and here goes its byproduct.

Last night I was writing the article “Desensitize? Or Burn Bridges?” and I came up with using the ocean photo I took and put a quote to it. The quote was my own musing about the fleeting nature of hardships in life which I wrote on Path yesterday afternoon. Instead of searching for a photo text editor online doable from a laptop, I felt I ought to explore the App Store for any photo text editor apps.

First app I tried was aPhoto. As you can see in the photo below first attempt was an epic fail. The blurry image is not an illusion, once you hit Save you automatically get it saved in low resolution and with footer ads too. Ugh-ly. You have to get the paid version to save the ad-free high res image. So it was a no-no.

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Second photo text editor app I tried was tWizart. My only problem was I couldn’t pinch and adjust the block of the text to expand it to my desired size.

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At last it worked perfectly with InstaCaption. This is how the third experimentation looks like:

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However, I got sidetracked again and by accident discovered a better way to enhance the color of the picture. I thought of posting the captioned photo on Path but thought of tinkering with the Lens feature just to see how it would come out.

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Voila! The Lake lens feature made the drab blue in my InstaCaption image an even sharper and more expressive blue. I love it.

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If you want to experiment with a photo text editor with your own photos in Camera Roll, I would recommend InstaCaption. You can download it in the App Store for free.

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Alternative Solution To RedGage Photo Upload Problem Using iPhone

I wrote about the problems I encountered when uploading photos to Redgage 3 days ago in this article. Since I didn’t receive a reply from Redgage Support within 12 hours (which I kind of expected anyway), I decided to study the problem and explore alternative solutions.

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In spite of my impatience, I wanted to resolve the confusion on my own and use the 12-hour period as constructively as I could. I noticed the problem when I tried uploading photos from my iPhone and separately from a laptop. Every time I click on Browse from the iPhone to select an image from Camera Roll, I would see “C:\fakepath\image.jpg” as its file name. It was the same file name for the second and third images I uploaded.

All images on the Camera Roll have the default file name as “image.jpg”. All images. No exception. You will also notice this when you try to click on Share below each photo and choose to share it by Mail. If you open the e-mail message from your laptop and download the image to your laptop’s folder, it will automatically be named as “image(2).jpg” if the folder you chose to save it in already has the file “image.jpg”.

It was from that observation that I got my clue – any folder in a laptop doesn’t accept duplicate file names. The reason why my first and second iPhone uploads to Redgage were superseded by the third most recent upload was because Redgage’s system recognizes a uniform file name for those 3 images – it assumes you are uploading the same picture and disregards how each of the 3 uploads did not have similar titles, description and tags.

To work around the problem of transferring the iPhone photos I wanted to upload to Redgage, I did the following steps. Make sure you have iZip and Dropbox apps on your iPhone. Both apps are available on iTunes for free. I upgraded to iZipPro last year so I could store many zipped files.

1. Open the iZip app. Click on Camera Roll from iZip.

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2. Click on the images or files you wish to be zipped. Click on Zip. You can see that from iZip’s Camera Roll, the file names now have specific numbers and are in PNG format.

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3. Choose among: Zip with no password, Zip with a plain password or Zip with an AES password. I usually go for the first option.

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4. Would you like to reduce the size of your photos?

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5. Check PhotoArchive.zip and click Open In. Sending to Dropbox or Sending to Mail takes longer especially if you’ve selected more than 6 images to zip and chose not to reduce the photo size.

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6. Select Open in Dropbox. Clicking on it will take you to the Dropbox app. Opening it in Dropbox is quicker as I pointed out in Step 5.

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7. In Dropbox, confirm you want to save the file by clicking on Save.

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8. The zipped file PhotoArchive.zip is now being downloaded to your Dropbox account.

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9. Access Dropbox from your laptop. Right click on PhotoArchive.zip and select Extract Files.

I received the reply from the Redgage Team after close to 36 hours have elapsed. I told them I was able to work around an alternative solution to my query. They thanked me for the solution I came up with.

Hope the above steps could be of help to any Redgage users who want to have the photos they took from their iPhone uploaded to Redgage.

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RedGage Upload Problem

I’ve been invited by a good friend of mine to join RedGage. I signed up at a time when I had been looking for opportunities to earn a bit of money from uploading pictures.

If you don’t know what RedGage is yet, you can go to their website and see this introductory message: “RedGage is a website which pays you for your content and monetizes your social activity.” You can upload your own original photos, your blog, your link, a document or note or/and your video.

What I like about RedGage is it will show you the unique views and the earning each of your uploads garnered. There is no limit to the number of uploads you can make.

To earn more in RedGage, it is advisable that you socialize and make more friends within RedGage. If you have less friends, you will get noticed if you comment on Featured uploads by other members. Social media sharing is also encouraged. Each upload has a Share This button which has Digg, Delicious, Facebook, Twitter, and Friend Feed. If your friends aren’t on RedGage yet, it’s the best idea to invite them. Not only will they earn by sharing their uploads, they will also expand their social network online. I could see a lot of artistic photographers in RedGage in my few days with the site.

Posting pictures that weren’t taken by you is not advisable. You have to post your own content.

The problem I’ve encountered with RedGage which I’ve already contacted their Support about is regarding the Invite Friends tool. I tried my Gmail address and even though I provided the correct username and password by re-checking and re-entering them, it still gives me an error.

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I got an e-mail from Gmail regarding authorizing a third-party application login. I followed the  instructions but to no avail. I still haven’t received a response from Support regarding the issue.

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Another difficulty I encountered this afternoon was my recent photo uploads seemed to be duplicated to the earlier uploaded photos once it appears on my feed. You can see in the photo that even though all three have different captions, they have the same picture of the starfish which was the third picture I uploaded. It seems that the two previous photos I uploaded assumes the picture of the most recently uploaded photo which is very very frustrating. In annoyance I contacted Support again.

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I have yet to get a reply from them. Despite these problems, I still recommend you check out RedGage for yourself if you’re not yet a member. Maybe I just have a sucky internet connection on my end.