9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2013 12:30 PM by snotto
snotto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

They used to be organized based on the name of my folder in iPhoto (year -> month -> folder name from iPhoto), but now there are many folders organized by year -> month -> day -> and then tons of folders titled by a series of numbers that make absolutely no sense to me. Is there a way to get the folders organized the way they used to be? Also, when I look into those folders, most of them are empty, some have one photo, and others have hundreds of photos. I just don't understand the way they are being organized. Thanks!


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • 1. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

    The folders are now organized by the date of the "Import session".

    When you import an event it will be stored in folder labelled by the year of the import date, then the month of the import date, the day of the of the import day. And then a folder with a uniquique random name for each import on that day. There is nothing you can do about this naming scheme. Only iPhoto needs to be able to access the photos this way. For the users other means of accessing the photos have been provided. See Terence Devlin's User Tip:                   How to Access Files in iPhoto

  • 2. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    The numbers are the date and time of import.

     

    20131029-150241

     

    That's 2013 /10/29 and the time ws 15:02:41 or 3:02pm plus 41 seconds.

     

    Never, ever access your photos this way.

     

    No there is no way to get the other organisation back, and no need to.

  • 3. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    snotto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you both for this explanation. I know I don't need to access the photos this way (and shouldn't) but I was just wondering why there are so many folders and why most of them are empty. I guess I'm just trying to figure out why these folders are being created in the first place. Is it possible that a folder is created each time I take a picture on my phone, and even though I delete many of those photos, the folder remains?

  • 4. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

    Is it possible that a folder is created each time I take a picture on my phone, and even though I delete many of those photos, the folder remains?

    What kind of iPhoto items (events) do correspond to these empty folders? When I import folders from my Mac, and delete all items in the event, then no empty folders will be left behind in the library. Do you see thes empty folders only for imports from your photo stream?

  • 5. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    snotto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's exactly what I'm wondering...what events correspond to these folders? Photo stream is currently turned off on my phone (has been for a while) and I just looked up the folders (from "show package contents") under 2013->11->7 (so from Thursday) and there are at least 50 folders from 6:30am to about 8:30 am. I don't even remember taking very many photos that day, but especially not at that time in the morning. I just don't understand why iPhoto is creating these folders, especailly if most of them are empty.

     

    And to answer your question, the folders look the same for what appears to be photo stream and from photos I've added straight to iPhoto from my camera. I can't figure out a way to differentiate which folders are for what, and they don't show the folder size so I can't use that to help. I know I shouldn't even be worrying about these folders, but now that I see them, I'm annoyed that there are so many, and they are mostly empty. Seems like a waste of space.

  • 6. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,640 points)

    If the empty folders worry you, back up your iPhoto library, if you have no current backup, and try the Library First Aid tools, if they will remove them.

     

    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down, until the Library Firtst Aid Panel appears and try the first Aid options in turn: epair permissions, Repair database, and Rebuild ibrary.

  • 7. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,645 points)

    An empty folder has zero bytes so they don't take up any space at all like this one in my library.

    Screen Shot 2013-11-09 at 11.37.53 AM.jpg

     

    There's nothing to worry about as far as they are concerned.

     

    OT

  • 8. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,735 points)

    As your library has been updated from version to version all that's happened is one or other of the updates along the way didn't clean up after itself very well. As OT says, these folders take up no space, so ignore.

  • 9. Re: How does iPhoto organize originals under "show package contents"?
    snotto Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay thanks to all of you for your helpful info. I just won't worry about it and will try not to look under "package contents" again Thanks again for the explanations!