"...does it pull photos taken from the iPhone and place them into a folder somewhere on my HD? The user guide makes reference to using a few Adobe products...is that the only way to get the sync it happen both ways?"
When first plugging in the iPhone to the USB port of
the PC (Windows Vista in my case), the Auto Play window
appears on my desk top.
This action is selected from the Control Panel-> Hardware and
Sound-> Auto Play. (The Auto Play box is checked.)
Anyway, the Auto Play window displays a list of "Device Options".
Import pictures, Open device to view files, Microsoft Office
Publisher, and another Microsoft Office Publisher.
To "...pull photos taken from the iPhone and place them into a
folder somewhere on my HD..." I select from the Auto Play
window, "Import pictures".
At that point, the Auto Play window disappears, and a new
window appears labeled, "Importing Pictures and Videos".
To select where the photos being pulled from your iPhone
are going to end up on your PC, click on "Options" labeled within
that new window.
For sake of illustration, select from the "Import to:"
choices, "Desktop". (Or browse to your preference of course.)
Click the "Ok" button, and possibly click the Import Photos button
again, and the photos you took using your iPhone should be in a
folder now on your desktop. (Or where ever you selected them to
I can see where things can get confusing because everyone tends
to have their preferred Photo Program, and of course, they all
work a little different.
And to add additional twist to this bit of "help",
I'm going off of how it works with Vista.
And for folks using something else, like XP, it's probably
different as well.
I've been syncing photos recently, and created some test
folders first to understand how to create the various folders
I wanted on the iPhone itself.
You have to play with the thing for a while to learn how,
and what you want to achieve.
I guess that's a given in any new, unfamiler toy.