Review: CopyTrans Photo offers pricey iPhone photo management

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At a Glance
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With each new iPhone, Apple has improved its picture-taking capabilities. So much so that many folks now rely on an iPhone as their primary picture-taking device. iTunes, however, just hasn't kept up. While Apple's software excels as a tool for managing your iOS apps, music, and videos, it treats your photos like an afterthought. Sure, it lets you sync photos from your computer to your iOS device, but it doesn't offer any help in downloading the pictures you capture with your iPhone, nor previews of your pictures. That's exactly what CopyTrans Photos does. This application is pricey, at $20, but it does offer a decent tool for managing the photos you capture with your iPhone or iPad.

CopyTrans Photos installs as part of WindSolutions's CopyTrans Suite, which includes several different applications for managing various parts of your iOS experience, such as CopyTrans and CopyTrans Contacts. While it's called a suite, you purchase the applications you want individually. All of the applications include a free demo version; you can try any of them and buy the ones you like. (The free demo of CopyTrans Photos limits you to 20 transfers.)

CopyTrans Photo displays the photos from your iOS device on the left and the photos from the designated PC folder on the right.

CopyTrans Photos launches in a full-screen window that features two main columns, one of which displays thumbnails of the photos on your connected iOS device and another that displays thumbnails of the photos on your Windows PC. A third, smaller column displays the Explorer view, which shows the folder structure of your PC, allowing you to navigate to more photos.

Transferring photos between your computer and iOS device is as easy as right clicking on any of the thumbnails and choosing the transfer option. The only hiccup I encountered was when my iPhone display column was set to display the contents of my "Camera Roll" instead of my "Photo Library" (tabs at the top of the column let you switch between these views). CopyTrans Photos will not let you add photos from your computer to your iOS Camera Roll; you have to add them to the Photo Library instead.

You can create an album on your iOS device and add photos to it, and you can sync individual photos or entire albums between the two devices. CopyTrans Photos does not offer any sort of photo editing tools, but it does include a slideshow option, which allows you to sit back and watch a collection of photos on your PC's screen.

CopyTrans Photo is not cheap, and I wish that it included at least some basic photo editing tools for its price. And I wish it automated the process of importing new photos from your phone to your PC by offering a Synch feature. As it stands, the process is a bit convoluted: you have to create a new folder in the Explorer View column of CopyTrans Photos, then select all of the photos from your iPhone and copy them to that folder. And CopyTrans Photo did not allow me to delete any photos from my iPhone's camera roll. Importing my iPhone photos via Windows itself is far more streamlined, and allows me to delete the photos, too. For $20, CopyTrans Photos should make that process—and more—a whole lot easier.

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At a Glance
  • For the price, CopyTrans Photos should make it a lot easier to import new photos from your phone to your computer.


    • Easy to use
    • Allows you to transfer photos back and forth


    • Expensive
    • No auto importing
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