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PhotoFolders - Private Photo Albums

By Ryan McCormack

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Protect and hide your private photos without being obvious about it! PhotoFolders allows you to organize your photos into separate albums (folders) that you can password protect to lock or hide. Now you can share the photos you want to share, and hide the photos you want to hide all in the same app.

PhotoFolders connects as a wireless drive on your PC or Mac, giving you the power to copy files directly from your computer by dragging and dropping! You can also import files from the iPhone camera and photo roll!

Need to view more than just images? PhotoFolders has two inexpensive upgrades you can purchase in the app to support video and office files!

VIDEO SUPPORT: With the optional video upgrade you can store and protect movies in PhotoFolders. Videos can be copied directly from your PC or Mac using WiFi to any iPod or iPhone. If you have an iPhone 3GS you can copy movies directly from the iPhone camera roll. Please note you cannot copy movies on a 2G or 3G phone shot with a 3rd party application.

OFFICE / PRODUCTIVITY SUPPORT: With the optional office upgrade you can add support for a number of office and productivity file types. Store and view Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. Also adds support for PDFs, plain text files, zipped Apple Pages and Keynote files, and many more!

To purchase upgrades, click the "gear" icon from the main screen and then choose the upgrade you wish to purchase.


+ Add your iPhone/iPod as a wireless drive on your PC, Mac or Linux computer.
+ Drag and drop files and folders directly to and from your PC or Mac.
+ Upload files directly using a web browser on your computer.
+ Password protect and hide or lock folders of your private files.
+ Email files as attachments, support for multiple attachments
+ Import multiple photos directly from the iPhone camera and photo gallery.
+ Export images back to the photo gallery (great for MMS)
+ Built in help guide.
+ Slideshow mode.
+ Thumbnail and detail views of folders
+ (optional) Upgrade to support Video storage and playback
+ (optional) Upgrade to support DOC, Powerpoint, Excel, PDF, Pages, Keynote, HTML, RTF, TXT


Answers to commonly asked questions:

Q: I password locked the app, why can I still access some of my files and folders?

A: You must lock or hide the folders you wish to protect. Locking the app will lock those folders. To lock or hide a folder first 1) enter your password to unlock the app. 2) Open the folder you wish to protect. 3) Press the "wrench" icon to open the folder options menu. 4) Choose the option to lock the folder or the option to hide the folder. 5) Exit the app.

Q: I ordered the video upgrade but I can't copy videos from my photo roll.

A: If you are using a 2G or 3G iPhone you cannot copy videos shot with 3rd party applications. Currently Apple doesn't let any other program access these videos beyond the Apple Photo app. However you can still copy videos via WiFi from your PC or Mac to PhotoFolders regardless of what kind of iPhone you are using.

Q: How do I do __________?

A: Have you pressed the help button? There are step by step instructions for all the features of PhotoFolders.

What's New in Version 2.1

- fixed memory issues when thumbnailing images
- removed redundant "show all" button from image viewer
- improved feedback during thumbnail process

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Customer Reviews

What's all the fuss?

Don't understand all the fuss I read here. Yes you can hide and protect your images. Just have to know how to use it. You must turn on password for the program. Then you hide folders you don't want seen. When you open the program, those folders are hidden until you unlock. All non hidden folders are shown upon opening. Program automatically locks again when you exit so you only need to set password once.

I personally don't see any degradation of pic quality either. Come on, your dealing with a small 2" x 3" screen here. Just how much image quality does one expect?

As for videos, it does have video support for an additional $1.99. Read the details though. It will not work in 2G or 3G, but will work on 3GS and up (confirmed on my 4G). It does compress the video though. Personally don't see this as an issue. Again, 2" x 3" screen. Hello. One thing I don't like is that it lists the videos as a QuickTime icon instead of an image still shot like camera roll does. Hopefully this is something they can improve on (hint hint).

Other than that, I'm quite happy with the program. Apple has made SOME improvements to the built in photo app, but is still behind in comparison. This app let's you organize your pics and videos, hide those that you don't want prying eyes to see and do so without having duplicates all over the place.

Good app, needs improvement

This is a good app that delivers what it promises. Very easy to use. I haven't had any of the crashing problems that other users have reported. I did notice that when you import an image to the app, it loses some quality. I can't find any compression settings, however if you export the image back to your camera roll the image quality is restored. I left off a star because you can't move pictures between folders, you can only import into your folders from the camera roll. Also, you can't assign different passwords to different folders. All hidden or locked folders are controlled by a single password. If these two issues are resolved, this would easily be a five star app. The functionality that you get from this app should have been included in the default photo app from Apple, but since it wasn't, get this app.

Constantly crashing, don't expect much

Just got this app, transfered 466 image files sized for iPod screen (totalling 3.9MB) into one folder. While creating thumbnails the first time PhotoFolders crashed multiple times. After a many crashes all the thumbs were created. Entering the folder to the thumbnail view was slow. Opening an image from the thumb view, even the first image is slow. Scrolling from image to image worked smoothly. Returning to the thumb view from viewing an image causes the app to crash every time. Switching from thumbnail view to list view works but switching back to thumbnail view crashes app every time. So it crashes reliably alot.

Using the list view the app will quickly display an image and quickly return to the list, but once viewing an image the user can't advance from image to image. When viewing thumbs or list there are no sorting options. There is no rotation lock. If you've paged through your photos and reach the end the app won't wrap to the beginning again.

PhotoFolders - Private Photo Albums
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 1.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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  1. Video Support$1.99
  2. Office File Support$1.99