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10. The Free Programs > Image Capture

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, after Image Capture’s birth, iPhoto came along, generally blowing its predecessor out of the water.

Even so, Apple includes Image Capture with Mac OS X for these reasons:

  • Image Capture makes it easy to download only some pictures from your camera (Figure 10-13). iPhoto, by contrast, always downloads the entire contents of your camera’s memory card.

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

  • Image Capture can download your sounds (like voice notes) from a digital still camera; iPhoto can’t.


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