Syncomatic runs in the background and sends photos an movies to your Mac when you get near
Can’t wait for iOS5 to bring you Photo Stream, the service which automatically sends photos snapped with your iPhone to your other iOS devices or even your computer? Well, Syncomatic is here to give you a taste for that auto-syncing action right now.
Syncomatic is an iPhone app which runs in the background and talks to a companion app running on your Mac. Using a mystery mix of network info and location information, Syncomatic will detect when you are near your computer and then send any new photos and movies to it.
There are plenty of apps that will send photos back to your Mac (or PC). I use the quite excellent PhotoSync already. But Syncomatic’s background feature is something like magic. You can set it, forget it and have all your new photos automatically show up on your computer. You can also choose to have it send new pictures to iPhoto or Aperture next time they are opened.
Syncomatic will transfer anything in your photo roll, including pictures imported from a camera via the camera connection kit. That means you could end up with quite a few RAW images coming across the network. This shouldn’t be a problem, though, as Syncomatic only kicks in on Wi-Fi. Until then, the amount of photos waiting to be transferred is shown in a badge on the app’s icon, so you don’t even need to open it to check.
The developer doesn’t say how the app is kept running in the background, but does promise low battery usage. I’ll keep an eye on that and update this post if there is any unexpected juice drain.
I like the app a lot so far, mostly because it just works. That and the fact that it is a way faster, and way more reliable that my sucky Eye-Fi card. Syncomatic costs $2, and is available now. The Mac companion app is free.