Turn your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a temporary webcam and easily capture any event. Share your photos automatically to Twitter, Dropbox or other supported platforms.
PixWebcam converts your device into an ad-hoc webcam / network camera / security camera taking photos in definable intervals and sending them to various targets, like Twitter, your iCloud drive, or Dropbox. It works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Define a daily time window when photos are be taken.
- Set the time interval between photos from 1 minute up to 12 hours.
- Adjust the photo size from super tiny up to the full resolution of the built-in camera.
- Take square photos.
- Add a date/time stamp and an optional caption.
- Currently supports the following targets: Twitter, Dropbox, iCloud drive, FTP, and local photo storage. We plan to add more targets in the future!
- Select multiple targets in parallel (e.g., send photo to Twitter and your Dropbox at the same time).
Note that your device needs to be running all the time to take pictures. It is not possible to access the camera from background / sleep!
Requires iOS 9.0 or higher. Available in english and german language.
PixWebcam Application Screens
Getting Started & Help
To get started, you need to define at least one target and the time interval at which photos will be taken – then you’re ready to take your first automated photos!
Define Time Interval
You can define the start and end time for each day when to take photos. When the end time is reached, PixWebcam will wait until the start time on the following day to continue taking photos. You also need to define the time to wait between taking photos. This can be 1 minute or up to 12 hours. Please remember, the more photos, the more space it will take – and if you’re on the mobile network – more traffic!
You can also choose the “Continuous” mode where pictures are taken all the time.
You can define image size and image format (square or normal). Photos are saved in jpeg format – an estimate for the filesize will be indicated. Make sure you have enough free storage on the target before you begin! You can also embedd a date/time stamp and an optional caption.
To use Twitter, you need to setup your Twitter account in the general settings of you device – not within PixWebcam! Scroll down to the social media accounts and select Twitter. Within the Twitter settings, you need to login with your Twitter account (You don’t need to install the Twitter app). Once the account is added and visible there (@xyz) you can open PixWebcam and select the Twitter target in Setup. You can enable the Twitter target and your Twitter account will be used automatically. The first time you do this, you need to confirm access. If you previously denied this, go back to the Twitter settings in the general settings of you device and turn on back on. (You’ll see an entry for PixWebcam, including the icon)
You can add a fixed text to your tweet consisting of up to 120 characters. The text will be added to every photo posted.
Note: If you have more then one Twitter account, you will be able to choose which one to use.
iCloud needs to be setup first, before you can enabled this target. You can define a folder, where photos will be saved to. This might make sense if you want to use more than one device at the same time.
When enabling this target, you will be redirected to Dropbox for login. Enter your credentials and go back to PixWebcam. Once Dropbox is setup properly, it will be indicated in the Dropbox settings where it says “Currently linked to account:”. You can unlink if you no longer want to use Dropbox target.
Photos are always saved within the folder “Apps/PixWebcam” whithin your Dropbox directory.
Save local copy
This will add the photo to your built-in photolibrary – and if setup – also sync it via Photostream.
Use FTP to copy photos to other servers, like your website. You need to at least enter server address and username/password. You can test your connection using “Upload Test”. A small file will be copied to your server – you can delete that file later. You can also define a remote path – however, this path needs to exist already on the server. See also below for more considerations on FTP.
- Enter a prefix which will be added to every picture taken. This can be useful if you have multiple copies of PixWebcam saving photos to the same account.
- You can also keep the same filename for all photos taken. E.g. useful when used in combination with a website and ftp.
- Switch the camera to either front or rear. After switching the camera, check the image size, as front and rear camera don’t use share same resolution!
Frequently Asked Questions
Picture not fully visible or rotated
Preview photo can get stuck – just rotate the device back and forth to reset the preview and orientation.
Cannot access camera / camera picture not visible
This can happen when you have many apps installed that access the camera. Restart the device and try again.
No networks available
If there is no network available, only the iCloud target and saving locally will work. iCloud will sync photos as soon as there is a network connection available. Make sure you’re connected to a Wifi network before you transfer large data from iCloud!
Recording without power supply
You can record without power for some time, depending on your device somewhere between 2-5 hours. The display will automatically dim to the lowest value possible. We do however recommend to use a power supply (or an external battery) whenever possible!
PixWebcam folder doesn’t show up in iCloud folder on your Mac
First make sure, iCloud is setup properly. You can manually open the folder by entering the following into spotlight (Cmd-Space): ~/Library/Mobile Documents/iCloud~com~lakehorn~PixWebcam/Documents
FTP not working properly
Sometimes, the first transfer doesn’t work properly, but all following transfers should work allright. You can also restart the app, which resets the FTP connection. Please note: Although you can use FTP with PixWebcam, we discourage its use. Apple no longer supports FTP on iOS because of security concerns. FTP functionality will probably disappear in a future version. (Will then be replaced by https/WebDAV transfers.)
Press clippings and News
V1.1 – 3 May 2017
- Keep always the same filename (name can be specified)
- Take picture now – test settings
- Continuous / 24h mode
- Select front or rear camera
- Prefix for filenames
- Twitter account can now be selected (if more than one account)
V1.0 – 13 January 2017
- Initial Version