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iPhoto 11 - How to remove/disable Faces feature?

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vilko Calculating status...
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Mar 14, 2012 12:36 AM

How to disable, remove Faces feature - completelly? I hate the Faces feature. I don't want any software to be scanning pictures of my friends without my explicit permission. I have 2,754 unnamed faces and it wants me to delete them by pairs of two. And then it will start all over when I add new pictures. This is insane. Are we turning into Windows?

Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Mar 14, 2012 1:19 AM (in response to vilko)

    You can't. It's not "scanning pictures of your friends" it's simply trying to locate faces within photos. It does not know your friends. It cannot identify anyone. Sometimes it can't tell a human face from a car tyre. No one is indentified in any way unless you explicitly choose to do so. If you don't want to do that, then don't. I'm not sure what you mean by your Windows comment.


    And you're free to use any other app you choose, of course.






  • yanco244 Calculating status...

    Don't you think that perhaps people want to see their photos as they took them - without tags all over the place? Seems like an alternative app is looking like a good option.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    May 31, 2012 3:32 AM (in response to yanco244)

    Not really sure what you're on about here. I can see the photos as I took them. I just don't use the Faces view. There are no "tags all over the place" in Events, Photos, Albums etc etc etc


    But iPhoto is not complusory. If there's another app you prefer, best of luck with it.






  • mc1242 Calculating status...
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    Jun 14, 2012 8:06 AM (in response to vilko)

    I agree with you Vilko.  I have way over 44,000 photos and I really should have maybe 8,000 at the most.  I HATE IPhoto (Annoying photo).  I have like 8 copies of many photos. I also have several versions of my IPhoto library, one has all different years labeled and organized.  Then I'll bring up IPhoto again and, poof, everything is completely messed up AGAIN!  I have about 6 mac computers, so I've been doing this a while.  What I did to rectify the situation is, I purchased Aperture for professional photos for work and it:


    1. 1. Keeps the labels you attach onto the photo if you drag to finder to e-mail, etc.
    2. 2. Does nothing to manipulate your photos.  No Stupid Faces, locations, or duplicates.


    For those of us that have lives, and don't have time to have our computer go on a mission of it's own, duplicating photos and making little faces (many times crotch shots)... Yeah, no, IPhoto definitely *****! Get Aperture. 

  • ravenedit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree with the Faces haters. Faces isn't accurate enough to be inobtrusively useful. It often pops text up in the middle of my pictures, like "is this Joey?" (I have turned Faces View off in the past, but it turns up again.) It isn't "simply trying to locate faces," its making a new image file on my drive every time it thinks it has found one. Thousands of pointless files sitting there forever.


    And I especially agree about "Are we becoming Windows?" It's one thing to create a feature of questionable usefulness, which some users will hate; it's another thing—and Microsoftlike—to do that and then NOT MAKE A SIMPLE WAY TO DISABLE IT.

  • David Neale1 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 2:05 AM (in response to ravenedit)

    There is a very simple way to disable Faces: don't use it.


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