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 10-11). Until iPhoto '08 came along, iPhoto could only download 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.
Figure 10-11. Top: You can set up Image Capture to open automatically when you attach a USB camera to your Mac. One click (on Download All) transfers its pictures to your hard drive. Bottom: If you click Download Some, you get this "slide-sorter" window, where you can choose the individual pictures you want to download, rotate selected shots (using the buttons at the top), or delete shots from the camera. In slide-sorter view, Shift-click the thumbnails of the individual pictures you want. In list view, Shiftclick or ⌘-click as though they're Finder list-view files.
Image Capture can ...