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how do you save an image after you take a picture? In my app i'm using an UIImagePickerController that takes the picture but i don't know how to save the image.
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If you need to save it in the album: UIImageWriteToSavedPhotosAlbum
http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#documentation/UIKit/Reference/UIKitFunctionReference/Reference/reference.html

Another way:
http://www.iphonedevsdk.com/forum/iphone-sdk-development/40279-save-uiimagepickercontroller-user-default.html

The simplest case: in the didFinish you can save the image:
UIImageWriteToSavedPhotosAlbum(image, nil,nil,nil);

But this way will look better:
UIImageWriteToSavedPhotosAlbum(reconstructedImage, self, @selector(image:didFinishSavingWithError:contextInfo:), NULL);
and [image autorelease]; in the callback.
As it's shown here:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3017681/uiimagewritetosavedphotosalbum-working-sometimes

Another way.
The first step is always to convert UIImage to NSData:
NSData *ImageData = UIImageJPEGRepresentation(img, 0.9);

Now, when it's already NSData, we can save it. In that thread people saved in the preferences:
[[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] setObject:ImageData forKey:@"image"];
      
More info about the question:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1282830/uiimagepickercontroller-uiimage-memory-and-more

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that helped so much thank you.  One small problem now.  everytime i click the button to save my image, it saves which is great but when i try to do anything else after that, the app crashes.

- (IBAction)saveImage {
      UIImage *image = imageView.image;      

      UIAlertView *alert = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Image" message:@"Image" delegate:self cancelButtonTitle:@"ok" otherButtonTitles:nil];
      [alert show];
      [alert release];
      
      UIImageWriteToSavedPhotosAlbum(image, self, @selector(image:didFinishSavingWithError:contextInfo:), NULL);
}

- (void)image:(UIImage *) image didFinishSavingWithError: (NSError *) error contextInfo: (void *) contextInfo {
      NSLog(@"SAVE IMAGE COMPLETE");
      if(error != nil) {
            NSLog(@"ERROR SAVING:%@",[error localizedDescription]);
      }
      [image autorelease];
}
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Maybe, because of that line:  [image autorelease];

try to cmment it. If it does not help, comment the alert (all lthree lines about the alert).
 
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i took the [image release]; out and it works now. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!
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