4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2007 6:19 PM by Kent Mcintyre
NVBrit Level 1 (0 points)
I am a recent PC to Mac switcher, and on my PC I can connect my camera and before the photos download I can specify a universal name for the set of photos, for example I could call them "Christmas 2006" and all the actual filenames will be renamed to "Christmas 2006" with an index number on the end. I have so far not found this option on the Mac using iPhoto. Am I just missing somthing or is this option not available?

Macbook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.10), Recent PC to Mac switcher!
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,665 points)

    There is no way to rename FILES in iPhoto. There's no need. iPhoto uses titles for Photos and you can use the titles as filenames on Export (Check out the File -> Export command). To batch change titles use the Photos -> Batch Change command.

    If you want to rename the FILES, then do so before importing. Use an app like File List.


  • Kent Mcintyre Level 1 (5 points)
    I think there is a requirement to change file names, or I am doing something fundamentally wrong. I am new to MAC and iLIFE so it probably is me.

    I am trying to select and copy all photo's for a particular year and copy them onto iDISK for back up. When I do this if any of the files have the same file name then none will copy. You get a message along the lines of 100-0050.jpg is busy can not copy.

    iLIFE 08 does not care because it is all in a library, however if they are all copied into one directory then it does matter as the file names will be the same.

    Any ideas?
  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,360 points)

    What you want to do is either re-title the photos in iPhoto and then export and select the option to use the title as the file name. Or, put the photos in an album, sort them as you'd like and export using the option to use the Album name as the new file name. The exported files will be sequentially named Album name-0.jpg, -1, -2, etc,

    Do you Twango?

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've written an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 08 libraries. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.
  • Kent Mcintyre Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks. I used the second option which worked well.

    I did the following

    1) Select all the photo's for year 2001
    2) Put them into an album
    3) export the album to directory named 2001 )selected "rename by album name")
    4) deleted the 2001 photo's in the library
    5) import from the 2001 directory back into the library
    6) selected the 2001 photos and dropped them onto iDISK

    Seemed to work well.