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Feb 25, 2013 4:28 PM

Hi,  How do I import photos to iPhoto and keep the file names that I have assigned?  The program keeps reverting to the original file name assigned by the cameras.

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 10:01 PM (in response to scrappinpanda)

    You can not "assign FIles names" in iPhoto - you can add descriptions and you can export the photos using the description as the file name but in iPhoto files names can not be changed

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 11:13 PM (in response to scrappinpanda)

    How do I import photos to iPhoto and keep the file names that I have assigned?

     

    How did you assign these names? iPhoto gets the Title of the Photo from the Exif title field, or if nothing is present, the  file name.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 8:00 AM (in response to scrappinpanda)

    1 - it is trivial to correct time and date in iPhoto - use the adjust time and date command - you can use a smart album to collect all of the photos form a particulay model of camera making it easy to seperate the photos for adjustment

     

    2 - If you changed the file names and then imported into iPhoto then iPhoto will use the new file name - it may use the old file name as the title if that information is recorded in the EXIF data which as TD noted is not necessarly the file name

     

    3 - iPhoto is not about files - it is about photos - and you can neither access nor change the file names while photos are in iPhoto

     

    I believe what you need to do is just import the photos and use the adjust dae and time command ot correct them

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to scrappinpanda)

    I'm guessing that if you have renamed the files and iPhoto isn't reading that, but instead getting the original file names, that in some cases you're renaming hasn't worked for some reason. That would be a finder issue.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 1:14 PM (in response to scrappinpanda)

    You do not need to own the camera - simply create a smart album for the offending camera (assuming that you do not have two sets of photos from two different identical cameras) and fix those dates - if the dates are totally screwed then you would have to use the batch change comand rather than adjust - not having any details I have no specific suggestion other than that

     

    As to file names - iPhoto never changes any file name except on export if you direct it to - it simply is not about files and it does nothing with them nor can you - if you import a file it will be copied with its file name (with the exception of sometimes adding a "-n" to it to avoid duplicate file names)

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 3:03 PM (in response to scrappinpanda)

    Actually you are not getting it - I understand exactly

     

    1 - file names are meaningless to iPhoto and you can not see them nor change them in iphoto (you still have not comprehended this)

     

    2 - for the simple case which you seem to have with some cameras you very simply amke a smart album for each camera, select teh photos for that camera and use the iPhoto adjust time and date command to correct the entire set at once by a constant amount (the amount of the erorr in the camera's settings) - this does not require that you have nor that you own the camera (you still have not comprehended this)

     

    3 - you claim to want to "keep the chronological order" and the best and easiest way to do that is to have the corect time and date on each photos - which is trivially easy to do) (you still have not comprehended this)

     

    4 - no one suggested that you are exporting - we know that you are importing - the reference to exporting is only to try to explain to you how iPhoto works - you simply can not see or change file names in iPhoto - you can only change file names when you do an export - at no other time can you do anything with or about file names  (you still have not comprehended this)

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 3:38 PM (in response to scrappinpanda)

    You don't need the camera to fix the dates. That's what either the Batch Change or the Adjust Date and Time commands in iPhoto will do - even better, unlike the Finder, it will correct the Exif and not file modification dates.

     

    iPhoto get the name of the file from the Finder. If the name showing up in iPhoto is the name from before you renamed the files, what does that tell you? It tells you that the Finder is not updating its catalog - a Finder issue.

     

    Again, our point is that this work is done easily and more quickly in iPhoto than in the Finder.

     

    For instance: Import the Photos. Make an Album of the them. Drag them to your preferred order in the album. Then, Photos menu -> Batch Change... Set the Title (This-list-of-pics) and then check the box at 'append number to each photo' Result, the photos are all titled This-list-of-pics 001; This-list-of-pics 002 This-list-of-pics 003 etc

     

    Sort on Title and that's you order preserved. No date chnages, no file name changes etc

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