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How to Import (Sync) Pictures to Your iPad

Syncing pictures is still the most common way to import images to the iPad. The assumption here is that you already know how to get pictures onto your computer.

When the iPad is connected to your computer, click the Photos tab on the iPad Device page in iTunes on the Mac or PC. Then select a source from the Sync Photos From pop-up menu.

Quickie reminder: On a Mac, you can sync photos (and videos) via iPhoto software version 6.06 or later and Aperture 3.02 or later. On a PC, you can sync with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 or later. Alternatively, with both computers, you can sync with any folder that contains pictures.

After you make a selection from the Sync Photos From menu, you may see one or more check boxes or radio buttons allowing you to sync different combinations of Albums, Events, Faces, or Folders. The boxes or buttons you see are based on your selection in the Sync Photos From menu.

So what are Events and Faces anyway? Here’s a quick look at these staple features in iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac:

  • Events: In their infinite wisdom, the folks at Apple figured that most pictures shot on a given day are tied to a specific occasion, such as Junior’s birthday party or a wedding. So the iPhoto program on a Mac automatically groups them as such by placing all the pictures taken on that day into a single collection.

    Don’t worry: You can split a day’s worth of pictures into more than one event, if say, the birthday party was in the morning and the wedding was at night. Apple automatically names an event by its date; you can change it to something more descriptive (such as Timmy’s Softball Game or Geri’s Graduation).

  • Faces: As its name implies, Faces is a collection of pictures on a single common thread: whose mug is in them. In our experience with Faces, the technology, although pretty darn impressive, isn’t perfect.

The Photo Stream feature, when enabled, uploads and stores up to 1,000 photos from the last 30 days on iCloud and automatically downloads them to all your devices that have Photo Stream enabled when connected to Wi-Fi.

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