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LosingMyReligion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have organized a large set of photos on my PC into a nice "directory tree" or hierarchy of nested folders. The nesting structure makes sense since there is a clear hierarchical relationship amongst the photos, and there are so many of them. Viewing them is easy on my PC - I just navigate the folder structure and go into "Picture Viewer" in each folder to see all the pictures on a particlar topic.

Now, I want to do this on my Mac. Since we lack a "Picture Viewer" function in the iMac world (unless I go look for a freeware one), I am wondering if iPhoto can hold this kind of structure. Basically, albums within albums. I've tried to create a new one and move it inside an existing one and it doesn't seem to like that. Is one level the best iPhoto can do? If so, that is pathetic. The world is more complex than that. I am using iPhoto 2.0.1.

If it is possible, my extra credit question for whoever tackles this is "can I import the folder structure into iPhoto and keep the nested structure as a tree of albums?". Thanks.

iMac G4 1 GHz, Mac OS X (10.3.9), 768 MB
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Hi, Losing. No, no, and no: iPhoto (and especially iPhoto 2) can't import a prefab hierarchy, can't tolerate your reorganizing things after your pictures are imported into it, and can't keep albums within albums. If you want to organize things your way, which is perfectly reasonable but incompatible with iPhoto's habits of work, you'll have to give iPhoto a pass. There are lots of other photo collection management applications out there, some free and some not; some duplicate some of the features of iPhoto and others go well beyond them, though you won't find any that offer the same tight integration with Apple's other iApps.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,900 points)
    Or upgrade to v6.

    Regards

    TD
  • Richard.Taylor Level 4 Level 4 (2,060 points)
    Since we lack a "Picture Viewer" function in the iMac world

    In a folder you can see all the pictures by showing icons and, under view/view options, setting the icons to be large.

    To see the pictures in a folder full screen size, select the images you want (or do command a for all) and control (or right) click on one of them. Then choose "slideshow." Way better than "Picture Viewer."
  • phil macnutt Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    i had the same problem. on the pc i use folders in folders in folders, etc.

    with version 6, you can put folders inside of folders and albums inside of folders. you cannot put folders inside of albums, but that probably does not make any sense anyway.

    for a viewer, we realy need Irfanview, the best viewer on the planet. sadly, it is only made for pcs. i wrote the author, he says it is far too much work to make a version for the mac.
  • Smtr Level 5 Level 5 (5,450 points)
    Richard,

    That's a cool function, indeed, but I believe it's a Tiger feature. LMR is on Panther.

    Regards.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (133,900 points)
    PicturePopPro might help.

    Regards

    TD
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Richard: The slideshow option for viewing photos in a folder is available only in Tiger, and the poster of the original question is running Panther.

    Phil: There are dozens of picture viewers available for the Mac. I won't say the market is saturated, but if any PC developer is too lazy to port his product to the Mac side, it won't be missed. One of my favorite viewers is ViewIt; another app that can be used to browse folders of pix (and packs Photoshop power for image editing and batch-processing at a lunch-money price) is GraphicConverter, which has been bundled with many recent Macs. A version for use in OS X 10.1.5-10.3.x is still available for download; the latest version (6.0) requires Tiger.
  • Richard.Taylor Level 4 Level 4 (2,060 points)
    Seems like it's been around for so long....
  • LosingMyReligion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just getting back here now. Thanks Richard, but as someone pointed out that isn't an option in 10.3.9. I am using Windows 2000 on my laptop and can do it in one click from the OS. But I'm trying to send my mom (who has my old iMac) a directory tree of pictures and tell her how to view them more smoothly than one at a time in Preview.

    As an aside, what you described, were I to let Apple extort me for another OS upgrade, sounds like 5 or 6 steps. I'm wondering how that is "way better than Picture Viewer" which takes a single click to launch into starting with an arbitrary folder of images listed in any viewing format. Perhaps it has something to do with the religious indoctrination I am lately shedding myself.

    Anyway, thanks for trying to help me.
  • LosingMyReligion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks eww, at least I will stop looking for how to do that in iPhoto. Since I don't have any of the trendy multimedia electronics that iEtcetra synch so well with (according to the hype), I'm now wondering what in the world iPhoto is good for. Other than requiring me to go through a redundant "importing" step to even see my image files which are already sitting on disk, and looking shiny and having a pretty logo in the launcher, it isn't offering me anything (other than a slightly cumbersome slideshow mechanism). Kind of like Safari, now that I've discovered Firefox and stopped torturing myself with the Apple browser.

    I will check out the freeware world for an iPhoto replacement.
  • LosingMyReligion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That looks promising, Terence. Thanks!
  • LosingMyReligion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow, GraphicConverter. I was using that back in my LCII days - it was pretty versatile for the time; maybe I should check out their latest. Might look at ViewIt too, thanks.
  • LosingMyReligion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    By the way, I don't know if this will get me censored again by Big Brother here for saying something good about another company, but this may be helpful for someone. A major element of what I'm trying to do is let my mom run slideshows but keep the photos organized in this structure. She has PowerPoint on that machine, but I didn't want to go through the grief of inserting one picture onto its own slide 200 times.

    Turns out that with an add-in you can create albums in a very automated way in PowerPoint either for the Mac or PC:

    http://pptfaq.com/FAQ00050.htm

    It's pretty much what I've decided to do - ship her a CD with a PP album file sitting in each directory so that she can see a slideshow of each folder without laborious clicking.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    iPhoto is for people who want a one-app solution for managing all their photos, preparing photo books, ordering prints, and preparing slide shows, and who are satisfied with two levels of storage hierarchy and very limited image editing options. This mostly means family snapshooters. You have a very primitive early version of iPhoto which was bundled at no cost with consumer Macs in its day. iPhoto 6 in particular offers much more organizational flexibility than previous versions, but it's by no means a professional photographer's tool.

    I have nearly 100,000 photos stored on my computers. About 10,000 of them are in eight different iPhoto libraries. The best of my own work and my archives of historical photos are stored in folder hierarchies of my own design, not in iPhoto libraries, and I edit and sort them and prepare prints and presentations using them in Photoshop CS2, Adobe Bridge, GraphicConverter, ViewIt, and occasionally other apps.
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