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zBernie2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 21, 2013 10:58 AM

I have all of my photos organized on my iMac by year and event, something like:


├── Dads_Birthday

├── Christmas

├── Fathers_Day

├── Memorial_Day

├── Miscellaneous

├── Mothers_Day

└── Valentines_Day

Is there an iPhone photo app which will allow me to maintain my directory hierarchy, and also provide the sorely need search capability that the stock Photo app lacks?  Will iPhoto for iOS allow me to maintain my directory hirearchy, and search for photos?

MacBook Pro
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 11:38 AM (in response to zBernie2)

    That will be difficult on an iPhone or other IOS device. The filesystem is not directly accessible to users in IOS, other than on your mac. You share documents between applications, but not folders of pictures.


    iPhoto on IOS will show you all albums you can see in the Photos app, plus  albums based on tags. You can tag your photos with keywords or flag them, and each tag will create an album with the photos with simlar tags. But there is no search function, and the albums cannnot be organized in a hierarchie of folders. iPhoto is more designed for easy editing the photos and sharing them.


    See the iPhoto on IOS help:  iPhoto Help: What are albums?




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 1:06 PM (in response to zBernie2)

    IPhoto on IOS ( and iPhoto on your Mac are very different programs. On your mac you have a full digital asset management system, but the small version on an iPhone is very restrictive to allow for smaller storage and less processing power.


    No search function in iPhoto for iOS?  Really?  That's just stupidity.

    If you look at the iPhoto help, you will see that the searches are predefined by the albums that are created automatically: one album for each tag, a flagged album, an "Edited" album, the events, etc.


    Probably the developers did not expect you to want a to store your complete database of photos on the iPhone, only your current working set, and with only a few photos would be no need to search.


    Probably this functionality will be added, once the iPhone becomes more powerful.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jul 22, 2013 11:37 AM (in response to zBernie2)

      It's really stupid not to have a search feature -- iPhoto on the Mac does.


    Send feedback to Apple and let the developers know. Here is the feedback form:

    iPhoto Feedback


    right now, it is really the best strategy to organize photos in iPhoto on your mac and to sync the organized albums to the IOS devices.





  • Danny_G_14 Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2013 2:50 AM (in response to zBernie2)

    I have the same problem


    i have organised my photos into 'albums' but what i really want to be able to do is rename the photo's in iphoto on my mac and then be able to search for them on my iPhone.


    I have lots of photos that i use for work and being able to find a particular photo quickly would be very helpful.
    If I could search and find a spedific photo on the go...


    I wonder if android phones can do that?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,990 points)
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    Jul 30, 2013 2:48 PM (in response to zBernie2)
    Even then it's only one level deep.






  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Aug 4, 2013 6:57 AM (in response to zBernie2)

    zBernie2 wrote:


    No search function in iPhoto for iOS?  Really?  That's just stupidity. 

    Have you considered using another operating system, Android perhaps?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Aug 4, 2013 7:22 AM (in response to zBernie2)

    zBernie2 wrote:

      Imagine that!

    Jolly good show,


    Thanks for reminding us how much you had to pay for this malware ridden junk.



    zBernie2 wrote:


    It's Csound1, Apples forum damage control expert!

    I know you are having a problem getting your brain around this but I do not work for Apple, do you perhaps work for Google?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Aug 4, 2013 7:37 AM (in response to zBernie2)
    After switching to using Picasa instead of iPhoto, I realized just how limited iPhoto really is. 


    We have been discussing iPhoto on IOS - a little tool to quickly edit and share the currently taken pictures in your camera roll and a few favorites albums on a handheld device.


    Picasa would be better compared to the iLife version of iPhoto; a full fledged and very intuitive photo DAM system. If you are referring to iLife iPhoto, then we disagree - what you are calling limited, I would call safe, user friendly, easy to use, and intuitive; protecting a beginner from disastrous mistakes. If you need more advanced professional tools, upgrade to Aperture.

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