Yes, I know how to create a new place for a photo -- theoretically:
- Select the photo.
- Make sure the Info icon in the lower right portion of the iPhoto window is clicked and the too-tiny-for-any-but-the-youngest-eyes map is displaying.
- Click in "Assign a Place..." and begin typing a place that iPhoto will search for. It searches in both "your places" (i.e., those that you have already defined) as well as in Google Maps.
- When you see a place in the search results list that you think might be close to the one you mean, select it.
- A pin appears on the itsy-bitsy map. Move it to the exact place you mean. You can make controls appear on the map by moving the mouse over the bottom of the map. The controls allow you to zoom in and out, and to change views (Terrain, Satellite, Hybrid). When the pin is where you want it, click it. The current name of the location appears. Modify it to the name you want, then click the check mark.
That's "all" there is to it ... except for a couple of "gotchas."
- There's a difference between what happens when you select a place that you've defined and when you select a place that Google found in the search results. If it's a place that you've defined, and you then move the pin to a new location and/or change its name, this will affect all photos assigned to the custom place. In effect, you are modifying the place.
- All places have a radius associated with them, thereby making them circles. You can adjust the radius only in the Maintain My Places window. In the itsy-bitsy map it doesn't even appear. However, if the newly defined place overlaps existing ones, all the photos assigned to the overlapped places will be assigned to the new one. Their pins will remain where they were.
Now, before anybody suggests sending feedback to Apple, let me emphasize that I have been sending Apple feedback on the wrong-headed implementation of Places since iPhoto 9.0. New versions have come and gone (the current one is 9.1.2), but these "features" have remained. So my purpose in opening this thread is to consolidate work arounds to these "features" in one place. My work around:
- Whenever I define a new place, I select only a single photo. I try to name my places so that I can distinguish them from those that Google finds. In order to avoid Gotcha 1 I select a place that Google finds and try to place the pin close enough to where I want it, but far enough from any other places that I've defined. I give it a name that I can easily find it Manage My Place.
- I immediately open Manage My Places and select the new place. I first note the pins near it, then decrease its radius, move the pin to the desired location, note the nearby places, and give it its final name.
- I then view Places and navigate to the new place to view the photos assigned to it. If I'm lucky, there's only one. Otherwise, I have to reassign the other photos to their correct places.