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How substitute iPhoto image titles for filenames?

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deomedea Calculating status...
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Nov 25, 2012 11:13 AM

Hello!

 

I have spent many, many hours giving intelligible titles to my photos in iPhoto.

 

I did not realise the distinction between "image title" and "filename".

 

In future I will change the filenames.

 

But I have this legacy of thousands of images with meaningless filenames.

 

Is there any easy way to substitute the titles for the filenames?

 

Is there a batch renamer which would be capable of extracting the title of an image so that I could then use it?

 

Thanks very much!

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to deomedea)

    1. You cannot rename a file in iPhoto. If you do it will trash the Library.

     

    2. There's no need to.

     

    3. File -> Export and note in the Export dialogue that you can use the Title as Filename on the exported shot.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:35 PM (in response to deomedea)

    Highlight001.jpg

     

    OT

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 12:38 AM (in response to deomedea)
    Sometimes, however, I need to find the original PNG image.

     

     

    File -> Export, Kind set to Original

     

    The point of iPhoto is that you use it for everything to do with your photos. It replaces the finder completely.

     

    Remember that you can search on the Title too... not just the filename.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 4:29 AM (in response to deomedea)

    Whoa first things first:

     

    Are you running a Managed or a Referenced Library?

     

    A Managed Library, is the default setting, and iPhoto copies files into the iPhoto Library when Importing. The files are then stored in the Library package

     

    A Referenced Library is when iPhoto is NOT copying the files into the iPhoto Library when importing because you made a change at iPhoto -> Preferences -> Advanced. (You unchecked the option to copy files into the Library on import) The files are then stored where ever you put them and not in the Library package. In this scenario you are responsible for the File Management. 

     

    If you are running a Managed Library then yes, those folders can go.

     

    If you're xporting as Original I can't see why there would be any change in the file size. What export setting are you using?

     

    On a broader note: you're used to working with files. iPhoto is different way of working and to grasp it you need to distinguish between the File and the Photo inside it. They are not the same thing.

     

    The illustration I use is as follows: In my iTunes Library I have a file called 'Let_it_Be_The_Beatles.mp3'. So what is that, exactly? It's not the song. The Beatles never wrote an mp3. They wrote a tune and lyrics. They recorded it and a copy of that recording is stored in the mp3 file. So the file is just a container for the recording. That container is designed in a specific way attuned to the characteristics and requirements of the data. Hence, mp3.

     

    Similarly, that Jpeg is not your photo, it's a container designed to hold that kind of data. iPhoto is all about the data and not about the container. So, regardless of where you choose to store the file, iPhoto will manage the photo, edit the photo, add metadata to the Photo but never touch the file. If you choose to export - unless you specifically choose to export the original - iPhoto will export the Photo into a new container - a new file containing the photo.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 5:55 AM (in response to deomedea)

    And that's a png?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 9:11 AM (in response to deomedea)

    If you choose PNG as the format during export it will be larger than the original PNG file.  My 645 KB file was increased to 1.4 MB. Your increase to 4.5 MB does seem excessive.

     

    OT

  • jeannedes Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 5:36 AM (in response to deomedea)

    Hopefully, you backed up all your photo folders before you started deleting.  iPhoto does lots, but it is not a full editor.  There are likely future ways of using photos that you might want for your historical ones. 

     

    I think iPhoto is a terrific application, but I keep all my pix in Referenced folders.  Thus I have access to the "original" data.  However, while I have started a small experiment with keywords and titles, I am not yet sure that I can retain those using iPhoto as I move to other editors.  Still learning that.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 7:13 AM (in response to jeannedes)

    I keep all my pix in Referenced folders.  Thus I have access to the "original" data. 

    referenced libraries are stronglhy not recommended - they are extremely problematic and make importing and deleting more difficult and upgrading or repkacing defective hardware or moving to a new computer extremely difficult

     

    And have no value - it gives you nothing except trouble

     

    As to originals - iPhoto gives you simple access - you can alwasy revert to original or you can simply export the originals for use elsewhere

     

    LN

  • jeannedes Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 7:31 AM (in response to LarryHN)

    OK, sounds fair to use the database, but how do you retain the valuable metadata like keywords and title when you export?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 7:38 AM (in response to jeannedes)

    If you export the original you get the original - exactly what you imported with no changes - identical to wha you now have without the added problems and complications of a referenced library

     

    those of course are not there because they werer no there when you imported - what you said you wanted (and whas you currently have) is the original photo - not a modified version

     

    With iPhoto you can export the current version too with all the changes including keywords and valuable metadata - but then that is not the original that you ask for

     

    LN

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