Back in May, I started a series of posts that look at desktop apps, and namely productivity. So far, I have covered Evernote and Dropbox, and rather than being obvious and moving onto Remember the Milk, or Tweetdeck, I have plumped for Eye-Fi next.
There are a three reasons I wanted to try Eye-Fi
- The thought that I can take a photo, and without doing anything it appear online appeals.
- Everything I take will be geotagged.
- I am falling into a big hole of geekiness and everything shiny appeals.
So how have I used it?
When you get the card, you have to connect it to your laptop and set up a wifi network on the card…this is slightly annoying, as you have to do it for every wifi system you want it to work with, but it is a small price to pay for the time it saves.
The first time I used it was at Teach Meet Hampshire where I used a slightly convoluted route to getting the photos online. It went like this:
- Camera – auto synched with laptop – auto imported to picasa – moved to synced web folder – link grabbed from web folder – pasted to Tweetdeck and posted…
At TeachMeet East, I was slightly more organised:
- Camera – auto synced to Picasa web albums – posted to twitter via Tweetdeck (slightly better eh?)
What I hadn’t figured was there are some pretty cool settings in the programme that comes in the Eye-Fi Centre that allow you to configure it to auto upload to places such as flickr, picasa, facebook etc. etc. Now, all I need is a way to auto tweet when photos are uploaded to picasa!
One other cool feature of the card is that you never run out of memory. If you take a photo, and it auto syncs to your preferred online photo sharing service, you can set it to delete it from your card…which means you never run out of memory!
One last thing – if you have an Eye-Fi card, and an iPhone, check out this link.