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OS X El Capitan: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Image Capture

This unsung little program was originally designed to download pictures from a 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 OS X for these reasons:

  • Image Capture is a smaller, faster app for downloading all or only some pictures from your camera (Figure 10-16). The Photos app can do that nowadays, but sometimes that’s like using a bulldozer to get out a splinter.

    In many ways, Image Capture is like a mini Photos app; use the slider in the lower right to change the thumbnail sizes. You can choose the individual pictures you want to download, rotate selected shots (using the lower-left curved-arrow button), or delete shots from the camera.

    Figure 10-16. In many ways, Image Capture is like a mini Photos app; use the slider in the lower right to change the thumbnail sizes. You can choose the individual pictures you want to download, rotate selected shots (using the lower-left curved-arrow button), or delete shots from the camera.

  • Image Capture can grab images from scanners, too, not just cameras.

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

You can open Image Capture in either of two ways: You can simply double-click its icon in your Applications folder, or you can set it up to open automatically whenever you connect a digital camera and turn it on. To set up that arrangement, open Image Capture manually. Using the “Connecting this camera opens:” pop-up menu, choose Image Capture. ...

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