Using your own photos

 

HOW DO I ADD AND REMOVE PHOTOS?

In iTunes, select your iPad from the Devices section on the left side of the window, and then select the Apps tab at the top of the window.





To find PhotoCross look in the File Sharing area, which is below the Sync Apps list. (You may need to scroll down.)


Click on PhotoCross. If you’ve already added photos to PhotoCross, a list of those photos will show in the “PhotoCross Documents” list.


To add your photos, click on  the “Add...” button below the PhotoCross Documents list, and choose your photos from the list that appears, just as you would in any program. To quickly select as many photos as you want, hold down the Shift key while you click on the first and last photo.

When you’re selecting photos for PhotoCross, look for a clear image focused entirely on one specific item or being. Your personal photos must be in jpg or png format with the extensions jpg, jpeg, or png.

The photo on the left doesn’t work well for PhotoCross; the zig-zag pattern on the floor, the marbled wall, and the table edge on the left all detract from the intended focus--the chair. The photo on the right is clearly, unmistakably, a chair.

WHAT PHOTO NAMES WORK BEST?

Ideally, choose one-word names. Whatever name you’ve given your photo is the name PhotoCross will use in its puzzles. For example, if you’re a mom, and you’ve named a photo of yourself mom.jpg,  MOM will show up in PhotoCross puzzles.


HOW DO I GET PHOTOCROSS TO USE MY PHOTOS?

With PhotoCross running on your iPad, click on the Settings button in the top left corner.

In the Settings window, select whether you want PhotoCross to use your own photos (“Custom”), PhotoCross photos (“Built in”), or a combination (“Both”).


WHAT SIZE SHOULD MY PHOTOS BE?

The clue photos in PhotoCross are 200 pixels square. If your photos are bigger, PhotoCross will automatically shrink them to fit. To save iPad memory, shrink your photos yourself on your computer before loading them on your iPad.


HOW MANY PHOTOS SHOULD I USE?

If you’re using only your own photos, you’ll need at least 50 photos to keep PhotoCross puzzles fresh and challenging. The harder puzzle settings will require more photos. You can combine your photos with PhotoCross’ gallery of more than 350 photos. More photos will give more varied puzzles, with more intersecting words. Your only limitation is the amount of memory in your iPad.


If you’re combining PhotoCross photos with your own, the more photos you add, the more often your photos will show up in puzzles. Shorter words will show up more often, because they’ll fit into puzzles more easily. If you add, say, 25 of your own photos, combined with PhotoCross photos, your custom photos will show up once or twice per puzzle.


WHERE DO I FIND PHOTOS?

You can take your own, using a single-color cloth, paper sheet, or blank wall for background. Alternatively, you’ll find a cornucopia of free photos online; just search for “free stock photography” or “public domain images.”  We found many of the PhotoCross photos at  www.imageafter.com, www.publicdomainpictures.net, www.unprofound.com, www.photorogue.com, www.morguefile.com, and the Free to Use group at www.flickr.com/groups/freeuse.


You can also find free photos for personal use at  www.sxc.hu and  www.everystockphoto.com.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I UPLOAD DAMAGED PHOTOS?

If you’ve loaded a photo onto your iPad that happens to be damaged, PhotoCross won’t be able to open it. You’ll see a warning onscreen, and a list of any damaged photos will appear in the Settings window. The warning will only appear once (you won’t want to see it every time you start playing), but the list of damaged photos will always be available in the Settings window.


The next time you plug into iTunes, just remove any damaged photos from the iPad.

To remove photos you’ve added, select whichever photos you want removed in the “PhotoCross Documents” list, and then press the Delete key. If you’ve added or removed photos, remember to update your iPad by pressing the Sync button.

WHAT PHOTOS WORK BEST?