So i know that multiple people have already requested support for HEIC file uploading here, and that that is being discussed. Not trying to rehash that!
However I have a different conundrum related to HEIC files that I wonder if anyone has experienced or can explain.
Like many others, I experienced as an unfortunate side effect of upgrading to a new iPhone the sudden uselessness of my usual method of uploading photos to the iNat site. This has been devastating, for while I can still add observations directly from my iPhone using the app, it takes MUCH, MUCH longer than doing the batch uploads with dragging and dropping pictures on my computer that I was used to doing. Like, it used to take me maybe 10 minutes to get all my observations up after an outing. Now it can take about an hour It’s awful. But I’ve just been trying to slog through it in hopes that HEIC support for the website was just around the corner.
Now onto my specific issue. Some weeks back, I don’t remember exactly when but it must have been around late April, I noticed that for the first time I was able to drag and drop some HEIC files from my computer into the iNat uploader. HOORAY! It seemed as though HEIC support had come to the iNat site!
But wait! I found that SOME of my HEIC photos would upload, and then some of them would not. Hmm. I figured maybe since it seemed like a new thing being rolled out, maybe it was buggy.
But what I realized was even weirder.
So what I’ve found is that after I move all my photos from my phone to my computer, if I let enough time pass, they will start to work as uploads on the iNat site. I can’t explain it, but I have experienced it a number of times now. For example, let’s say I move a bunch of photos from my phone to my computer on Monday. If I immediately then try to upload them to iNat from my computer, none of them will work, I’ll simply get errors for all of them. BUT if I wait UNTIL THE NEXT DAY, some of the photos WILL START TO WORK! Even weirder, I know that it somehow has to do with time passing, because the first ones to start to work are the ones that I moved first from my phone to my computer. What I’ve found is I’ll let time pass, then try uploading my photos from the previous day. Usually some number will work, and then I’ll hit a wall after which they don’t work, and then I have to wait and let more time pass and eventually the later ones will start to work too.
Can ANYONE explain this?? I am so utterly baffled, and if anyone could help me figure this out, or has any tips for something I can do differently so that I can upload the photos to iNat right away, I’d be really grateful. Has anyone else experienced this??
If it matters, the phone is an iPhone 13 Pro, and the computer is a 2020 MacBook Pro running MacOS Monterray version 12.4.
I am attaching a screenshot just to illustrate. The below screenshot shows the results of trying to drag and drop two different photos from my Mac photos app into the iNat website uploader. These pictures were taken on the same day, have the same technical specs, and were moved from my phone to my computer in the same batch. The ONLY difference is that the picture on the left was moved earlier in the batch. It has therefore developed the magical power of being accepted by iNat, whereas the photo on the right still has to wait some indeterminate amount of time before it will work.
Thanks for listening and thanks for any help or ideas!