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iphoto making many multiples...fix?

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September44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 30, 2012 8:52 PM

I photo 11 multiplied my photos expedentially when it downloaded... both low resolution and high...is there a fix?

iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 11:36 PM (in response to September44)

    explain exactly what you did

     

    It sounds like you imported an iPhoto library into an iPhoto library - NEVER import one iPhoto library into another one - it does not work and creates massive duplication

     

    If that is what you did drag the bad library to the desktop and Connect the two Macs together (network, firewire target mode, etc) and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from the old Mac to the pictures folder of the new Mac - launch iPhoto on the new mac and it will open the library and convert it as needed and you will be ready move forward.

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 9:08 AM (in response to September44)

    Depress the option key and launch iPhoto - use the select library option - it will give you a list of the valid iPhoto libraries it sees - test each one

     

    Upgrading iPhoto or moving to a new computer does not create duplication (it does convert the structure but not the content of the library) - the most common cause and yours sounds like, is that  one library has been imported into a new library sometime in the past - when this is done you get two or three versions of each photo (the original full photo, a thumbnail and if any modificationshave been made a large modified version)

     

    You may find

    Duplicate Annihalitor - http://brattoo.com/propaganda/ - or Decloner - http://www.pixelespressoapps.com/decloner/

    helpful

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,040 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 11:38 AM (in response to September44)

    Did you import one library into another one?  If so that's the cause of the rampant duplication. 

     

    If you didn't import a library into another then you can try this free application to locate and isolate duplicates in your library:  iPhoto Duplicate Cleaner

     

    OT

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,810 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:05 PM (in response to September44)

    almost eveything is better that Photo sweeper - tryDuplicate Annihalitor - http://brattoo.com/propaganda/ - or Decloner - http://www.pixelespressoapps.com/decloner/

     

    In trying to fix this (Or ingeneral) never make any changes or any sort to the content or structure of the iPhoto library

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,040 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 8:44 AM (in response to September44)

    I found and tested iPhoto Duplicate Cleaner and found it to be very easy to use.  If lists on a single line all duplicates of a give photo with all selected for move to the trash but one.  You can change that selection is need be.

     

    iPDC.png

     

    And the price is right.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,040 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to September44)

    Control (right) - clidk on one of the thumbnails in the left hand column and seledt the sort option from the contextual menu:

    iPhotoDuplicateCleaner001.jpg

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,040 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 11:30 AM (in response to September44)

    I have a very nice Canon file camera but haven't used it in years.  I hesitate on getting rid of it because I couldn't get much for it. I keep it for senitimental reasons and as a keepsake.  Maybe some day one of my grandkids could try using it or sell it as an antique.  Who knows. However, if your Nikon has lenses that could be used on a Nikon digital SLR I'd sure keep the lenses in case you every go that route.

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