Shiny Object: Bump Photo DownloadsCecily Kellogg
About a year or so ago, I went to a networking event and we are all very enthusiastically tapping our iPhones together trying to pass our contact information on by “bumping” them, using the app named, of course, Bump.
It’s fun, but sadly, not enough people had the app for me to make much use of it. Thankfully, Bump has upped the game by doing something amazingly useful: you can use the Bump technology to download photos to your computer, without emailing them or using a download cord.
I love this feature. I can quickly get photos off my phone full size for fast and easy editing. Not only that, but (apparently) while I wasn’t paying attention, they set it up so you can quickly transfer your photos between phones as well which is much nicer than emailing them and having to make them smaller.
Here’s how Bump talks about it on their blog.
Users would often jokingly tell us, “Bump is great; if only my computer could Bump too!”So we built it.
Starting today, everyone who uses Bump can go to http://bu.mp on their computer web browser to bump photos from their phone directly to their computer. There’s no software to install — it all runs in your browser. You simply select the photos in the Bump app on your phone and then gently bump the spacebar on your keyboard… and voila! Your photos will instantly appear on your computer. It’s how technology should work.
When I tested this out myself, it did take a few attempts to get it to work. Some was user error I kept tapping it on my click bar rather than the space bar (der), and some was connection issues. It took me about ten tries to finally get the two (my laptop and my phone) to connect that way; you have to really give it a firm tap on the space bar to get the connection going. But once I did, it was easy to download the zipped files, and then click them open and edit them. It was great!