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  • 15. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    annstrong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So we're supposed to buy software to FIND duplicates on a $1,600 apple? Sad

  • 16. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    No the answer is to not ever screw up and import an iPhoto library into iPhoto - if you do you have made a mess due to user error - the solution is posted to your other thread

     

    LN

  • 17. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,650 points)

    So we're supposed to buy software to FIND duplicates on a $1,600 apple?
    Not at all.  You can manually go through your library, identify and remove duplicates.  But these apps make it easier. Someone has taken the efforet to create them so should be compensated for them if you want to use them to make your life easier.

     

    Fixing user errors is often a difficult task.

  • 18. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    jamesfromoakland park Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes.  There is no way to automagically find duplicates in iPhoto '11.  You can certainly end up with duplicates for many different reasons, not only errantly importanting and iPhoto library.  You and many other users are clamoring for Apple to add this feature and to add ability to merge iPhoto libraries.  These seem like things that should be there to me, too. 

     

    Until then, I can personally attest to both Duplicate Annihilator and iPhoto Library Manager.  They are inexpensive and well worth the cost.  Also, both developers are very active and responsive to their users.  No, I don't work for them!

  • 19. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    gatorbobpa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Try the program Dupe Guru for duplicates

  • 20. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    In reading the Dupe Guru web site it appears that it only deals with duplicate files and has absolutely no knoledge of how the iPhoto SQLite database is organized or works - so it you use it to delete duplicate photo files you will destroy your iPhoto lbrary and have to start over

     

    My recomendation is not to use it - and if you do be sure to have a great, tested backup before you do

     

    LN

  • 21. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    gatorbobpa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a dupeGuru PE that deals with photos. From their website:

    dupeGuru Picture Edition is a tool to find duplicate pictures on your computer. Not only can dupeGuru PE find exact matches, but it can also find duplicates among pictures of different kind (PNG, JPG, GIF etc..) and quality. dupeGuru PE can also scan your iPhoto library. Give them a call

     

    GB

  • 22. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    I did not say it would not deal with photos

     

    What I said was

     

     

    In reading the Dupe Guru web site it appears that it only deals with duplicate files and has absolutely no knoledge of how the iPhoto SQLite database is organized or works - so it you use it to delete duplicate photo files you will destroy your iPhoto lbrary and have to start over

     

    The TOU for this forum state that you should test solutions prior to posting them - have you tested Dupe Guru on your iPhoto library and verified that it does not destroy it?

     

    Until you do you should not be promoting it here

     

    My recomendation is clear and stands -

     

     

    My recomendation is not to use it - and if you do be sure to have a great, tested backup before you do

    That it can "scan" your iPhoto library does not mean that it will not destroy it - and again there is no indication that it has any concept of how iPhoto works and what can and can not be done safely

     

    LN

  • 23. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    gatorbobpa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have used the program on several ocasions and my iPhoto is still intact. Mine was a suggestion and in no way promoting this product. I will defer to your recommedations since you are more experienced then I on this forum

     

    GB

  • 24. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    But I know nothing at all about Dupe Guru - only what I read on their web site and it gives me no confidence that it is safe - mayb eit is but it does not sound like it to me

     

    LN

  • 25. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,650 points)

    I just ran a test with Dupe Guru and it's a disaster.  It is not designed to be used with an iPhoto Library as it removes/trashed photos essentially from the Finder rendering the library a mess.  DON'T USE DUPE GURU on an iPhoto Library.

     

    OT

  • 26. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    jamesfromoakland park Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does anyone know of a program that will compare the photos in two iPhoto libraries and identify the identical ones and the novel ones in each library?  This is similar to but different than a pure duplicate detection app.  In the Windows world they call these comparison/differential apps.  Anything like this for OS X?  Beyond Compare is a great example, but not yet available for Mac.

     

    I have used Duplicate Annihilator and it is very slow and very effective.  I find iPhoto Library Manager version 4 to be lightning fast (1-2 min compared to many hours) but perhaps a bit too customizable for the average user.  It took me a great deal of time to test various libraries with the duplicate detection options in order to figure out what would happen.  There are too many choices since most people just want the exact duplicates eliminated without all the fuss.  The multiple setup options would be better in some cases for advanced users, but not for the person who just wants to find duplicates occasionally and be done with it.  The manual is poorly written.  You have to read it enough to get into the developers head in order to figure out how to set the multiple duplicate detection options, but once you can understand it, you will have a speedy and powerul tool.

  • 27. Re: Remove duplicates in Iphoto
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,650 points)

    Does anyone know of a program that will compare the photos in two iPhoto libraries and identify the identical ones and the novel ones in each library?

    There is no such application that I'm aware of.

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