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How to make an intelligent album to differentiate iPhotoDB from external files?

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Is there a way to define an intelligent album that would allow me to differentiate the photos loaded "internal to iPhoto DB" and the photos that were imported with the option?

 

The reason is that my iPhoto database is *not* may master repository for my photos: I use instead a RAID-5 Synology NAS + backups for this, and I really want to stick to standard files. In the past, I was carefully importing my pictures and registering on the NAS, then taking a copy on the Mac only for the purpose of importing in iPhoto database with the special options (iPhotos preferences) in order not to take a copy of the file in iPhoto database.

 

Now that I got an iPhone, I am getting a kind of unsollicitated import of the pictures in iPhoto (which is I admin very convenient), but it completely break my process for registering and filing my new pictures on the NAS. Establishing an intelligent library where I could spot which photos are in the iPhoto database would help me to define such a process, by systematically exporting all the pictures that would be in that album and then deleting from iPhoto in order to reimport them "with a copy" by referring back to the master place where I want to manage them: ie the NAS.

 

Philippe

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)

    Is there a way to define an intelligent album that would allow me to differentiate the photos loaded "internal to iPhoto DB" and the photos that were imported with the option?

     

    No. You can do this in Aperture though.

     

    The reason is that my iPhoto database is *not* may master repository for my photos: I use instead a RAID-5 Synology NAS + backups for this,

     

    Using a set up where the files are on one disk and the Library on another is risky with iPhoto as it has no tools to reconnect to the files should they become disconnected. You could find yourself reconnecting with each file in your Library, one by one,

     

    and I really want to stick to standard files.

     

    iPhoto works entirely with Standard Files, it does not change, alter or in anyway affect your masters when you import. Your Jpegs remain Jepgs, your Tiffs stay tiffs and so on.

     

    Now that I got an iPhone, I am getting a kind of unsollicitated import of the pictures in iPhoto (which is I admin very convenient), but it completely break my process for registering and filing my new pictures on the NAS.

     

    Use Image Capture (in your Applications Folder) to get the photos from your phone to wherever you want to store them, Then import them to iPhoto.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)

    ...but then you don't get the benefit of having the iCloud based import of the picture. I am seeking for a way of importing "where I want" the pictures loaded in iphotos but still based on a PhotoStream import at the basis

     

    That's just not an option.

     

     

    your recommandation is still about using an alternativ import way based on a wired connection.

     

    Correct. You never mentioned requiring Photostream. If you had it would have saved us both typing.

     

    indeed, my photo files are still based on the same disk as iPhoto (I didn't go to the details but there is a local folder copying all NAS pictures)

     

    So, you have a copy of the photos on the NAS, and then a referenced Library on the same disk as the Library? Why bother make a referenced library? A managed one is easier and solves all your problems. Then just export copies to the NAS for back up.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)

    No, it's not an option because of this "where I want" clause in your sentence. Remove that and it is possible.

     

    But in order to get all the benefit (not having to wire the device, offloading its memory when travelling), I am looking for a reliable  way of finding/flagging in iPhotos which such photos I have already "exported to NAS" and which not.

     

    There isn't one, as I told you above. You can devise and use a system of keywords...

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