Comparing the PTPdrive against different components and Windows versions
Availability of the PTPdrive features in various Windows versions
'PTPdrive' application
'PTPdrive Settings' application for configuring the PTPdrive
'Filename Format Builder' application
Drive letter mapping
Shell integration
Comparing the PTPdrive against different components and Windows versions
  PTPdrive Scanner and Camera Wizard
(XP, 2003)
Windows Explorer
(XP, 2003)
Windows Explorer
(Vista, 2008, 7, 8)
Drive letter mapping
Fully customizable picture file names based on the camera/picture metadata
Access to JPG pictures, AVI movies
Access to RAW (NEF) pictures
Access to JPG and RAW (NEF) pictures when camera is configured to produce both for each picture taken
Access to pictures which have the same file name but are located in different folders on the camera (typically happens when there is more than 1000 pictures in the camera)
Access to original folders as present in the camera
Availability of the PTPdrive features in various Windows versions
  Windows XP
Windows 2003
Windows Vista
Windows 2008
Windows 7
Windows 8
Drive letter mapping
Custom icon for PTPdrive mapped drives
Shell integration - extending mapped drive's context menu
Shell integration - extending camera's context menu
Integration to Windows AutoPlay (Camera Connected) event
Camera serial number support
Dual memory card camera support
Free space available on camera's memory card
* "thanks" to the Windows Resource Protection
'PTPdrive' application
  • Lists all free/unused drive letters, indicates which drive is already mapped to a camera.
  • Lists all PTP mode digital cameras connected to the computer.
  • Allows map/disconnect a drive letter to/from a camera:
    • Camera can be mapped to a drive letter only once.
    • Trial version allows only one camera to be mapped to a drive letter at once.
    • Registered version allows multiple different cameras to be mapped to different drive letters at the same time.
  • Offers launching PTPdrive configuration settings dialog.
  • Trial version shows the limits and counters, registered version shows the registration details.

  • Clicking at the "..." button reveals more details:
    • Enables ad-hoc overriding of the picture name format, applicable to the currently selected camera (not changing the profile settings).
    • Displays the current profile name used for the selected camera.

'PTPdrive Settings' application
  • Allows setting following parameters:
    • Language of the PTPdrive product.
    • Location and size of the PTPdrive cache, where temporary files with partially transferred pictures are stored.
    • Collecting diagnostic data.
    • Battery level check of the current camera being mapped. This is useful to avoid mapping camera with depleted battery, which can result in transfer errors if camera shuts down due to flat battery.

  • Provides a way to customize each camera through profiles. A camera profile gets created automatically once a camera is mapped to a drive letter for the first time:
    • Preferred drive letter
    • Optional second drive letter for dual memory card cameras (requires Windows Vista or newer)
    • Enable/disable automatic mapping of the camera upon its connection to the system, not asking for drive letter (registered version only)
    • Picture file name format
    • Camera alias which gets included in the drive name visible in Windows Explorer

  • Shows additional information about the product:
    • Offers checking if a newer version of the PTPdrive is available on the Internet.
    • Allows entering of a registration key to unlock the trial version.

'Filename Format Builder' application
  • Offers intuitive way of building the picture filename format.
  • Supports creating virtual directories which can be used for grouping pictures.
  • Allows building the filename using picture and camera metadata:
    • Original filename (full or partial name)
    • Original directory name as present in the camera
    • Counter with configurable number of digits
    • Date and time when a picture was taken, selectable in various formats
    • Camera name
    • Image width
    • Image length

      All the above metadata are substituted with real data from the pictures at the time the camera is mapped to a drive letter and file list is populated. The original filenames are not physically changed in the camera.

      The final filename can contain user-defined strings and metadata, in any combination. The whole filename can be converted to lowercase, uppercase, or left as is. The window of the Filename Format Builder is resizable to accommodate large amount of metadata items selected and/or text entered.

  • Supports drag & drop editing.
  • In real-time shows how the final filename would look like.

Drive letter mapping
  • PTPdrive maps PTP mode digital camera to a local drive in Windows, allowing any application to access pictures in the camera, including command-line and scripts based.
  • Integrates the mapped drive into the "Removable Storage" section of the Windows Explorer.
  • Offers Read-Only access to the pictures with option to delete the them (also allows to delete physical folders in camera in Windows Vista or newer when using original directory names). No Write access is allowed because the PTP protocol does not support it.
  • Sets the volume label of the mapped PTP camera to '<camera name/alias>@ PTPdrive', eg. 'D90 @ PTPdrive' for Nikon D90. The trial version of the PTPdrive appends '(TRIAL)' text to the end of the volume label.
  • Does not allow changing the volume label, it is Read-Only as well.
  • Shows 'PTPDRIVEFS' as the file system name of the PTPdrive mapped drives.
  • Provides custom drive icon (in Windows Vista and later).

  • Offers several ways how to map a camera to a drive letter:
    • Via AutoPlay (Camera Connected) event. When a camera is connected to the computer, the system shows up an AutoPlay window where the PTPdrive is listed. In Windows 7 the Device Stage window of the camera shows up where PTPdrive can be selected (under Change Program).

    • Manually running the PTPdrive application and selecting the camera

    • Through camera's context menu in the Windows Explorer (XP and 2003 only). See Windows Shell integration for more details.
Windows Shell integration
  • Extends context menu of the mapped drive in Windows Explorer by adding "Disconnect PTP drive" menu item to terminate drive letter mapping:

  • Extends context menu of the camera in Windows Explorer (XP and 2003 only) by adding:
    "Map as PTP drive..." menu item to map this camera to a drive letter (if the camera is not mapped yet). "Already mapped as V:" disabled menu item to let you know the mapping is already done.
  • Adds a 'PTPdrive' property page to the mapped drive's property pages in Windows Explorer:
    • Lists all root WIA (PTP) properties of the camera
    • Shows trial limits or registration details


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