Transferring with transfr

Transferring photos is one of those things that is always needed. I was hoping Apple would let us easily get our shots from place to place via the iCloud, but they won’t let you get full resolution images between iOS devices. Thus, I always end up needing to use an app to transfer images.

A new app called transfr was released last month. It is a Universal app so you can run it on your iOS devices, and it also has a free program for your computer. You can send or receive from all these devices by running the app on each device, and you can transfer via bluetooth or wifi.

This video shows me using the app on my iPad and desktop to transfer photos back and forth.

This is a really great version 1.0. The interface is minimalistic on the desktop app, and is primarily just an icon in your menu bar. It’s designed for just sending and receiving, nothing more complex than that. The iOS apps have a very clean interface. Transferring was smooth, and I didn’t encounter any errors.

The closest competitor to this is Photo Transfer App (PTA), which is the one I’ve always used in the past. The GUI of PTA on iOS is a bit ‘noisy’, and the desktop portion of PTA has many more features – and is more of a full organizational program. As features increase it is often difficult to keep a streamlined interface. Fact of life.

Both of these transfer apps do a great job getting your photos from point A to point B, so choosing between them might come down to your preference for interface.

In the future I’m hoping the tranfr program for your Mac will make it to the Mac App Store (currently you download from the transfr home page). I’m also torn between wanting more in the desktop app. Having a simple ‘drop zone’ window to send photos would be nice. Right now you can only select photos, there is no drag/drop way to send photos to your iOS device from your desktop.

You can learn more about transfr on the website, and the iOS transfr app can be downloaded from iTunes (currently $2).

Update: I talked with the developer and he said that the desktop app will be arriving in the Mac App Store in the next few weeks.


The easiest, fastest way to transfer your photos & videos between your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and your Mac.
For the Mac version, please visit (requires OS X 10.7.3 or later)

★ Anywhere, anytime

In the train, at the bar or in the middle of the ocean, send your photos and videos over bluetooth (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad only). Back home, transfer your photos to and from your Mac over WiFi.

★ Limitless

Send a quick pic, a photo album or your latest holiday’s videos without limits. transfr has no limits on the number of photos you can send at once, and no limits on file size or video durations.

★ Slick and simple

Connect to other devices with just one tap or click. The devices automagically discover each other, and connection is established with just one tap or click.

★ Powerful

Send your photos in full resolution with all metadata preserved. transfr is the ideal tool for photo enthusiasts that don’t want their photos to be recompressed or modified during the transfer.

★ Safe and secure

Your photos and videos are transferred directly between two devices, without transiting on the cloud. No subscription cost, no storage limit and no privacy concerns!

★ Buy once for all

Buy once on your iPhone/iPad and install transfr on all your other devices. transfr is free on the Mac.

Pop & Mob, A Good Mid-Week Sale

Two apps that I enjoy are both on sale for just $0.99 in the middle of the week (or almost the middle). Popsicolor and lo-mob.

Popsicolor is a Universal app that I use whenever I want to make a nifty illustration with the watercolor look.

• Turn Your Photos Into Stylish Illustrations
• Amazing Watercolor & Ink Effects
• Yes! High Resolution Output*
• Universal App for iPhone & iPad
• Share on Instagram, Twitter, etc.
• From the creator of Percolator for iOS

NYPD, Ink.

An app that I use almost daily for my ‘shot of the day’ on my iPhone is lo-mob.

Have you ever experiment with your old analog cameras? Have you put a 35mm film in a medium format body? Have you ever tried to achieve Through The Viewfinder (TTV) photography by shooting a picture with a camera through the viewfinder of another?

Take a picture or choose one from your library, Lo-Mob will process it, and give you a preview of all its 39 filters, at once.

You’ll be able to tweak the filter you chose, altering the frame, the vignetting, the color filter or the blurring.


iPhone for Photos Every Day

Apple tends to have some of the best commercials out there. This one makes you feel good and simply states that the iPhone takes more pictures than anything else every day.

The iPhone really does seem to dominate in terms of sheer numbers of photos that get uploaded to the web. Currently the top 3 cameras on Flickr are all iPhones. Looks like the iPhone 5 is about to overtake the iPhone 4S. I’m sure the next iPhone is just around the corner, and the latest rumor is a 12 megapixel camera. Of course, megapixels is not always the most important thing, but it always sounds good in print.

Most common cameras on Flickr

Graph of most common cameras on Flickr.

Already Thursday? Time Flies. Updates Arrive!

This week is flying by. I keep wanting to do a post about this, that, or the other thing, but the real world seems to keep me far too busy. If anyone ever wants to do one (or more) guest posts, feel free to drop me a line. No need to be a professional…just someone that feels like posting about most anything. I pay a total sum of $0. 🙂

Anyway, here are a few updates from the past week that are worth noticing.

FX Photo Studio for the iPhone is free for about the next 12 hours or so. A nice photo effects app that is usually $2. It was also updated earlier today with lots of enhancements – including full resolution on iPhone 5. My iPhone 5 is purring like a kitten.

Percolator, a very unique Universal app, is on sale for $2. It’s usually $3. Several new features were added in the recent update. I really like the new Tripstamatic and Charmed settings. I wish Charmed could be even wobblier!

Brewed in Percolator

Brewed in Percolator using the new tripstamatic circles.

Popsicolor is another unique (and Universal) app that lets you create a variety of ink/watercolor effects. Several new settings have been added to this release that allow you to get a bit more artistic with the drips and intensity of the image. It’s Thursday and the entire week has been odd, but I noticed the entire description of the app in iTunes is currently in Chinese! Guess a switch got flipped somewhere. In any event, you may not be able to read the description, but it’s a great app. I’m no Picasso, but I created this flower. Perhaps I should have added some hands – then it would probably be worth more!


Created with the recently updated Popsicolor.

What a crazy day.

Camera Boost is Snappier

For those that are looking for camera replacement apps, Camera Boost has continued to improve with each update. I first tested this app right after it became Universal at the start of the year. I noticed a few bugs and it didn’t always seem quick and responsive on my iPhone. I gave the app another try with the most recent update and it has vastly improved. No sluggishness at all, no crashes. It’s snappy 🙂

The live previews you get for whatever adjustments you’ve made (or use of presets) is very nice for when you are taking pictures/video, and the large number of options you have for custom settings is expansive.

Here are a few samples of pictures I’ve taken with a variety of settings ranging from ‘just green’ to ‘sepia.’

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

This app has really become a great camera replacement app, and the developer is now working on the next big update to version 5. Looking forward to it.

Camera Boost is currently $2.99 on iTunes.

And if you are quick, here are five promo codes you can use to get a copy for free!


Here are the instructions if you aren’t familiar with promo codes.