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Photo receipts

November 28, 2011

I am thinking about adding support for photo receipts. While it is relatively easy to take a photo and associate it with a specific transaction, I don’t quite know how to handle backing them up (beyond the usual iTunes backup of my app data). Since photos tend to be quite large (and also numerous!), including them in my current backup solution would be impractical or even impossible. I can think of two solutions …

1) providing an option to copy these images to your saved photos/camera roll, accessible through the photos app, and therefore backed up to your computer separately. While this provides some additional level of security, if you ever had to retrieve them from your synced photos, there would be no way of associating them back to your transactions (because images don’t have names)

2) letting you make your own backups as and when you like. For example, a directory of images could easily be copied to your computer using iTunes file sharing

Of course both of these options are only an issue if you don’t fully trust iTunes to do its job of backing up (it does seem better than it was 2 years ago).

If you have any comments, please let me know by responding to this post.

  1. Adrian Root
    December 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Any chance of giving an option to backup to a directory on dropbox?

    • December 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Adrian, yes, or more likely iCloud (now that I am getting the hang of it!). The trouble is associating a potentially large number photo receipts with an individual backup file. I suspect though that I only need to keep the latest set of images at any point in time, and that would work with any backup.

  2. Ed
    November 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Definitely #2 because restoring a backup is very important and won’t work properly if associations are lost.

    • November 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Ed, yes thats true. The backup within the app would only backup the associations though, and it would be up to you to periodically copy the files off and (if necessary) back on again. iTunes file sharing would be the easiest way to do that.

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