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14.11. Image Capture

This unsung little program is something of an orphan. It was designed to download pictures from a USB digital camera and then process them automatically (turning them into a Web page, scaling them to emailable size, and so on). Of course, since Image Capture's birth, iPhoto came along, generally blowing its predecessor out of the water. Even so, Apple still includes Image Capture with Mac OS X for these reasons:

  • Image Capture makes it easy to download only some pictures from your camera. iPhoto, by contrast, always downloads the entire contents of your camera's memory card. (Figure 14-14 shows how to choose individual pictures.)

  • Image Capture can grab images from Mac OS X–compatible scanners, too, not just digital cameras.

  • Image Capture can turn a compatible digital camera into a Webcam, broadcasting whatever it "sees" to anyone on your office network—or the whole Internet. Similarly, it can share a scanner with all the networked Macs in your office.


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