Sugarsync loses data when syncing photos
OK – the jury’s out on Sugarsync.
The last few weeks, my wife and I have been taking loads of photos on our iPhones. Now – we could use Apple Photostream, but I want to be able to process my photos… as in, take them, enhance them, file them, and dump them on my PC for sharing and eventual storage – removing them from my ‘inbox’ once they’re safely filed away. Apple are OK for the first two, but organizing in folders? Removing them from you camera roll? Why would you want do that?! (Um, for a start, so I don’t have 10,000 photos in a single folder?)
So – we’ve always used Sugarsync – because only one of us needs to pay for 30GB of data, and then we can both upload photos to that; with Dropbox, in order to share a folder, you both have have that space available (eg. 30GB0 individually. Rip off. In an effort to find an offline photo-management and syncing tool on my iPhone/iPad, I ended up using… not Photobox.. Not Photo Manager Pro… but Goodreader. Because it can sync files to cloud storage. And none of those photo manager apps can.
But – one big disadvantage with Sugarsync, appears to be with their API for photo transfers.
Both these photos have been taken with an iPhone, and then synced through the native Sugarsync / Dropbox app. Take a look at the photo properties (via Picasa on my PC):
Etc. etc.. the Dropbox info ran off the bottom of the page.
OK, they’re different photos… but see the difference? Dropbox retains all the EXIF data, including tags, GPS coordinates, etc. Sugarsync loses them.
Now – that might not be so tragic – the photo itself is there. But if I DO ever find a really cool photo slideshow app, that shows location, can filter by tags, etc. etc – then any files I transferred with Sugarsync, will be unusable with these.
Now – this does not apply for photos that are synced via Sugarsync on PC. But it does seem to apply for photos synced by the Sugarsync app, and photos synced by Goodreader – which makes me wonder whether the EXIF data is lost when iOS sends the photo to the Sugarsync/Goodreader iPhone app, or whether it’s when the app syncs with Sugarsync. I did a test which implied that Goodreader retains the data, and so the EXIF loss appears to be when syncing with Sugarsync. Either way – whatever the cause, the fact is, Dropbox works for me, and Sugarsync doesn’t.