12 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2009 11:24 PM by Terence Devlin
bp1942 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there any way to cut and paste photos within a folder (like on a PC) without downloading a program? I'm talking about changing the order of the photos.Drag and drop is a pain and takes too long if you have an extreme amount of pics. Also, copy and paste is just an extra step. Tx!

IMAC, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • garbageman Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
    {quote}Is there any way to cut and paste photos within a folder (like on a PC) without downloading a program?{quote}

    No. The mac is not a PC, besides what on gods green earth would you be cutting in iPhoto? It's a database not a file manager.

    {quote}Drag and drop is a pain and takes too long{quote}

    BS. Selecting the images to move is the same... Whether you are navigating or dragging the time is exactly the same...
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,890 points)
    ny way to cut and paste photos within a folder (like on a PC) without downloading a program?


    Are you talking about in the Finder? Or in iPhoto?

    Regards

    TD
  • bp1942 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It would be in IPhoto.

    Thanks for letting me know that it is a MAC not a PC
    When you trying to arrange 500 downloaded photos in the order that you want them it is not the same time drag then it is to cut and paste.
  • Daiya Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
    When you trying to arrange 500 downloaded photos in the order that you want them it is not the same time drag then it is to cut and paste.


    Maybe you should look at why you are trying to manually arrange 500 photos in a specific order, which sounds like exactly the type of tedious task computers are designed to avoid....

    Various options:

    if you want the best photos to show up first, you can rate them. It's easier to hit apple-3 to add three stars than to hit apple-x and apple-v to cut and paste. Then you can tell iPhoto to sort by rating, top to bottom. And the rating can be used for other purposes as well.

    Or, iPhoto will automatically sort them by time and date--if the time and date are wrong, then better to use iPhoto tools to fix that once and for all, than to manually rearrange.

    So--what are these 500 photos and exactly why are you trying to re-arrange them? What order do you want to browse them in? Cut-and-paste is just a tool to get to your ultimate goal--maybe if you describe that ultimate goal, someone here can provide a better path than manually re-ordering.
  • bp1942 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is a library of 500 photos that get all get used during the week and it is a lot faster to access them if I could put them in the order that I Want them in that particular library.

    FOR ME it would be easy to go to say a photo in the middle of the group and cut and paste in any where else i decide that I need it.

    Looks like it will be easier to get a program like Photo Elements to make this work.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,890 points)
    bp

    Have you explored the options in the View -> Sort Photos menu.

    You can arrange the pics manually, by name, date and so on.

    Other ways of organising into smaller groupings is to use Albums, Smart Albums and so on.

    Remember, you can search on date, keyword, title, of the pic too.

    Regards

    TD
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (70,560 points)
    If you want a file organizer then just use the finder

    If you want a photo viewer then Adobe bridge that comes with PhotoShop Elements 6 is good - or Picasso for Mac - Photo shop Elements is not a photo viewer - it is a photo editor

    If you want a photo manager the iPhoto is great - but you do have to learn to use it - is is conceptually much different form the photo viewers - and much more powerful

    LN
  • captain_haddock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Daiya

    But what if you want to move some photos from one event into another event in iPhoto? The point is: with many many images it is very tedious to drag them by mouse over the screen.

    In iPhoto 08 I can access a copy or cut function but as soon as I try to paste them to another location/event it doesnt work, the right click paste command is grey. And the menu-paste command is not accessible.

    Am I missing some basic function here???
  • captain_haddock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi garbageman

    I agree with bp1942 that a decent cut and paste function is basic stuff.
    If you want to organise images from event A to event B how do YOU proceed if you have thousands of images on your screen??
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,890 points)
    Simply: Flag the images you want to move.

    Select the Event you want to move them to

    Go Events Menu -> Add Flagged Photos to Selected Event

    Regards

    TD
  • Daiya Level 4 Level 4 (1,655 points)
    Complain to Apple:
    http://apple.com/feedback/iphoto.html

    In addition to using Flags as TD describes above, I also sometimes create a new Event (easy enough) and then merge it to another Event in Events view, which shows more events at once than the Photos view. Shrinking the thumbnails will show even more.

    In Photos view, it's also easier if you collapse all the events (option-click on a triangle to collapse and open all).

    I also periodically create new Miscellaneous events, so that I am not always trying to drag to the Misc folder that is three screens of events away.

    I totally agree that drag-and-drop is annoying, but somehow my workflow doesn't involve needing it very often, so it's not really a big problem for me. And scrolling while dragging-and-dropping is certainly better in iPhoto '09 than it used to be.

    I am curious--how are you sorting your photos that you constantly need to be moving them between events?
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,890 points)
    Flagging is very powerful for this kind of work. There’s also a very handy ‘Create Event from Flagged Photos’ command to make that new event.

    Regards

    TD