There are some advantages to transferring photos directly from your Digital Rebel XTi to a computer. The destination computer doesn't need to have a card reader; all it requires is a USB port. So, if you have the USB cable that came with your camera, you can transfer photos to any computer that has the Canon utility software (discussed later) installed. However, direct transfer uses your XTi's internal battery power (whereas removing the card and transferring the photos with a card reader installed on the destination computer does not).
You can select which images are transferred to the computer, or transfer all the images, both RAW and JPEG, that are on the Compact Flash card. This method requires that you install the software furnished with the Digital Rebel XTi, including the EOS Utility and Digital Photo Professional. The CD bundled with your camera has versions of each for both Macintosh and Windows.
Just follow these steps:
1. Press the Menu button and in Set-up 2 menu, make sure Communication is set to PC Connection, and then turn the camera off.
2. Connect the USB cable to the DIGITAL terminal on the left side of the Digital Rebel XTi (under the rubber cover), and plug the other end into a USB port on the destination computer.
3. Turn on the Digital Rebel XTi. The EOS Utility, shown in Figure 8.4, will appear on your computer screen, ready to download your photos. (If you have another program installed that also has a transfer utility, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0's Photo Downloader, it may pop up as well. Close that window if you want to use the EOS Utility.)
4. Use the controls within the EOS Utility to activate the transfer process.
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