Pic App-titude

01 Oct

Way back I blogged a list of project jobs, one was the ‘ list Mac jobs’ which involved going through the iMac, my iPads, the external hard drive and flash drives, resorting, relabelling, reorganising all the various files, folders, media (music, movie snips, videos) and documents, the biggest job being the reconfigurations of photos.

When I first started keeping photographs on a computer a mere nineteen years ago, I applied my usual office organisation skills and had folders titled with the event, within was a folder containing the originals and a second folder for any that had been edited for whatever reason, made into collages etc. Slowly the collection grew and I began keeping a back-up on a flash drive and when the collection got considerably larger on an external hard drive.

Then I switched over to iMac with its useful (to some degree) iPhoto app. Initially this piece of kit automatically synced all photos anywhere and lumped them in, to then be divided into ‘events’, later also ‘albums’ and finally the annoying adage of ‘faces’ (it scanned your photos and tagged familiar faces). But the downside was that the photo was held in its library and not as an accessible file somewhere, some events had multiples of the same photo but different size or quality but the info was not instantly there for comparison.

Apple, in their questionable wisdom, revamped and released a new image handling app called “Photos” (dropped the i and added the s, bet that was an intense creative meeting). This new app added in the iPhoto library but as a separate folder and again the individual images had all their info hidden. Also I keep an archive of photos relevant to another project and use the file name as info and sometimes keep a second copy with the relevant ©️ info added for uploading to the web. I didn’t get on with this Mac method of handling images and preferred to keep some photos in organised files and some I uploaded to add to similar albums in either iPhoto or photos. It sounds messy doesn’t it? It is!

So, I rolled up my sleeves and got stuck in, I ‘exported’ each album to a folder on the desktop from both iPhoto and Photo, renamed them with the relevant info (exporting creates a whole new image and doesn’t carry over the originals metadata info, nor useful file name). Copied those kept as standard files in my documents into their relevant folders. Upload photos from my old iPad and my iPad Air, named them and sorted them.

The question now was duplicates. I needed a bit of kit to sort through each folder individually and across several folders to highlight any duplicates and show me the details (where it is, what size it is, what file type) so I can decide whether to delete or keep it. After asking Google and checking the App Store reading the reviews I settled on one. Prepped and ready I went through each separate album and then the complete library and was rather impressed that there had not been hundreds to check and check again. Hmm, a seed of niggling doubt crept it. I opened an album “MIAMI 2003” and skimmed through the individual folders, and found a significant number of duplicates! What!! A duplicate finder that didn’t find duplicates, I tweaked the preferences but still it did not find all the obvious duplicates. Back to Google, read more reviews, but I have not run the folders through it yet. I’ve already spent four desk sessions on the job, I’ll leave that for tomorrow. And I’m yet to start on the archive catalogue!

Still, it’s been pleasant flipping through all these photos, being reminded of things I’ve been to, realising what a bad choice that hair or clothes were, coming across that hidden gem.

We have this technology to quickly, easily snap away but do we ever take the time to flip through an album and revisit a memory.


Posted by on October 1, 2019 in Life, Projects, Tech


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8 responses to “Pic App-titude

  1. snowbird

    October 2, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I’m afraid you lost me here! I’m a total technophobe! It is lovely looking back on old photos

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    • AnneMarie

      October 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      It was a bit like emptying every photo in the house into a huge bin and then taking them out and reorganising each pile, sifting out the overexposed, bad lit, thumb across lens shots and trying to find those you’ve got two identical prints of. I thought the nifty app would do it, but it didn’t. Oh well, better luck with app 2 👍

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      • menhir1

        October 3, 2019 at 5:10 pm

        I’ll try not to get you started Anne-Marie. I am just finding my way around BBC Sounds, so, not yet in a position to participate in a mutual critical exchange. 😊

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      • AnneMarie

        October 3, 2019 at 5:14 pm

        Short version ….. I hate it! 😁

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  2. menhir1

    October 3, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I read this post with interest, you and I having similar heaps of pix.
    Pr- Unix, Linux, whichever one it is, I was Microsoft competent. Having got totally fed up with Microsoft. I took the plunge to jump ship into the unknown. My pix were already in files and folders in 2008. And backed up to CD’d later an external drive for exclusive picture use.I continued the same process.

    Problems with the meta data arose with my early pix, some of which, were placed in Aperture and iPhoto. All defaulted to 1970! These were by no means the only hiccups. Some blogs didn’t recognise the format, This could also have been down to third party products making changes. Some, not all, of my old photos just would not open in jpeg. Xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      October 3, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Technology doesn’t think long term (backwards or forwards). Don’t get me started on the BBC radio iPlayer switching to BBC sounds.

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  3. deacongill

    October 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I’m interested that someone as techcanny as you have this problem with photos. It drives me mad. All my photos are also on my external hard drive but all these different methods seem to sort them in a completely random way and most of the time I can’t find what I’m looking for. If you ever do find a competent photo programme please let me know!

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    • AnneMarie

      October 4, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      “techcanny” love it, I am so stealing that.

      Some go by event name, some as album, some by date, it’s all higgled and irregular. I think I will likely stick with my method of creating folders named of the event and date, then within additional folders of originals and edited. I don’t think there is a software photo app that would work for my cataloguing needs.

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