Introduction: Set Your Camera to Automatically Transfer Pictures to Your Computer, Sort by Date and More! (Windows XP)
Transfer the pictures to your computer, sort by date, automatically delete pictures off of the camera after transfer, and automatticaly run programs
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I always use this for my camera, it's extremely handy. Basically what this Instructable is about is some settings that are customizable for some cameras that are activated by plugging the camera into the computer via its USB cable or whatever.
Compatible Digital Camera and PC Connection Cable - This doesn't work with all cameras, unfortunately. Some of them just don't have the features. For this Instructable I used my sister's cheap 2 Megapixel Kodak EasyShare CX7220. It's the same camera I use for the pictures in all of my instructables. It's also the one in the picture (for list view).
Step 1: Open Camera Properties
Go to the Camera Properties, either by going to "My Computer" and right-clicking on it and clicking "Properties", or by going directly to the camera drive and opening the properties window from there.
Step 2: Choose Your Options
Choose which options you want to occur when you plug the camera into the computer.
Go to the "Events" tab.
Select an event - Choose when you want the chosen options to happen, I only have one option; "Camera Connected" (when the camera is plugged into the computer).
Start this program - Choose a program to start when the selected event occurs (in this case, when the camera is plugged in).
Prompt for which program to run - A pop-up will appear, asking you which program should be run.
Take no action - Nothing will happen.
Save all pictures to this folder - Select a folder for the pictures to be automatically transfered to.
Create subfolder using today's date - A folder will be created, the name being the date, and the pictures will be transfered there. It will be created in the folder you previously chose. Example: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Family Pictures\2006-06-17 (date format: year/month/day).
Delete pictures from camera after saving them - This will delete the pictures off of the camera after they have been transfered to the computer. A prompt will come up after they have been transfered, asking you if you want them deleted.
You're done! Yay!
Remember, the camera has to be on for it to work. Most cameras automatically turn on when plugged in, some, like mine, have to be turned on manually. This is because they have physical switches (mine has a dial you have to turn to go into different modes).