We take a lot of digital photos. While some are for pleasure, the majority of our pics are for business -- the business of blogging, selling, and cat rescuing.
Being bloggers, we end up using a lot of our own photos in posts. Some of us have set up macros and Automator scripts to resize photos automatically, saving us a lot of time, but we wish things were even more automated. More precisely when it comes to uploading photos onto Craigslist and eBay. For a while now, I've had an idea on how to improve iPhoto and last week, during a meeting with Apple where they showed us their new iMac, MacBook, and Magic Mouse (review coming soon!) I pitched them my idea and, surprisingly, the PR folk loved it and promised to bring it up the Apple flagpole. Here's the scoop…
When I'm not taking photos of stuff to blog about, I'm taking photos of junk I want to get rid of (living in a studio forces you to have a critical eye). I end up posting a lot on Craigslist and eBay. Craigslist even more than the latter due to all the cat rescue I do. Every day I post ads to the free classifieds site, and every week I'm refreshing ads that haven't gotten a response (or the response I was looking for). This requires a lot of photo resizing and uploading, which got me thinking, what if iLife was upgraded so that iPhoto included shortcuts to Craigslist and eBay?
Similar to its already fabulous Facebook and Flickr shortcuts, these classifieds' buttons would allow you to select photos you want to add to a listing and would automatically resize and upload the photos to a new posting. All you would have to do is provide the listing's text. It would shave some time off posting, which may get more people to stop procrastinating and actually list their old Hall & Oates collection.
Who knows if Apple will actually implement this in their next iLife upgrade -- the folks at Apple could have just been humoring me -- but if it does, we expect Steve Jobs to change his allegiance from Gizmodo to Unplggd, thank you very much.
How would you improve iPhoto?