We broke the news of the Project1709 Apple Mac uploader earlier, and by now many of you will have had a chance to get to grips with this useful new feature.
It might not be quite as fast as uploading a picture via the Project1709 website, but the desktop uploader makes it much more convenient to get photos from your Mac hard drive to your Project1709 collection. Not only can you easily upload a large amount of images, you can do it automatically as a background task, while you get on with other things.
Get up to speed with the Project1709 Mac uploader in this how-to guide…
1. Installing the Project1709 Mac uploader
Log into your account at www.project1709.com and head to the Upload button at the top of the screen. Follow the instructions to download the Mac uploader, and you’ll then be able to install it in your Applications folder.
2. Type your Mac password
You’ll be asked to enter your administrator password to start the installation process.
3. Sign into your Project1709 account
The first step in setting up the Mac uploader is to sign into your Project1709 account. As with the website, during the beta period you can do this using Facebook, Google, Microsoft Live ID or Yahoo ID.
4. Choose folders
Now you can select which folders on your Mac will be used to sync with Project1709. You can create a specific folder dedicated to this, or use a range of folders that you have already set up on your computer. Our advice is to start small – choose one folder that you’ve put some test images in, as you can always add additional folders to the sync process later.
5. Upload settings
As part of the installation process, you need to set a monthly upload limit in MB – from 0 MB to Unlimited. You can also choose a day that the Mac uploader will sync with Project1709. This upload limit determines how many photos can be automatically added to Project1709. A useful feature, as it means you can be sure you won’t blow your monthly broadband usage limit. As with the choice of sync folder(s), this setting can be changed later in the Mac uploader’s preferences.
6. Installation? Done!
Once these steps are completed, you’re ready to start uploading. A Project1709 icon will be installed in your menu bar, so you can monitor its status and make any adjustments with a simple click of the mouse.
7. Mac uploader set-up
The Mac uploader interface allows you to monitor the status of your Project1709 uploads and change the preferences that you made during the installation process. You can see which images are currently being imported to your Project1709 collection, and how many are queued up. Of course, you don’t have to have this screen visible – images will be uploaded in the background anyway, allowing you to get on with other tasks.
8. Menu bar
Select the Project1709 icon from the menu bar to get additional options, such as launching the website or pausing the import…
9. Pausing the upload
If you’re low on bandwidth and need your broadband connection for other things, you can always pause the Project1709 sync at any time. You’ll be able to check when your last upload finished on this screen, too. Note the ‘paused’ icon in the menu bar.
10. Lost connection
If Project1709 turns grey in the status window, you’ve lost the internet! The cross on the Project1709 icon in the menu bar indicates this as well.
11. In sync
Once the upload is complete, you’ll see a tick in the cloud…
12. Error messages
Click the Errors icon to see if the Mac uploader has experienced a problem when sending pictures to Project1709. The number in the red triangle indicates how many images haven’t been uploaded. There are four categories of error:
i) Missing EXIF: Project1709 requires images to have embedded EXIF data. If your image doesn’t, it will be rejected – you can then add your own data, or use a set of default values, and re-upload. For each option, here’s what you will need to enter:
What Project1709 will add for you
Using your own EXIF
Camera make/model/Date/Time taken
Other error messages you might receive include:
ii) Unsupported: the image file is not a JPEG, TIFF or one of the many RAW formats that Project1709 supports.
iii) Broken: self-explanatory, really. Check the image file in Photoshop or similar…
iv) Unknown: Project1709 only accepts image files. If you try to upload a .mov or .doc or similar, it will be rejected.
13. Changing preferences
Although you initially set up a sync folder during the installation process, you can add or remove additional folders here.
14. Selecting a network
Choose a network for your Mac uploader to send photos to Project1709, as well as adjusting the monthly upload limit.
So, that’s our hands-on guide to the new Mac uploader. Have you tried it yet? Do you have any questions or comments related to this new Mac feature?
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