Currently Being ModeratedJun 24, 2011 6:59 PM (in response to emile n)
The answer is very simply - you need to learn how to use iPhoto just as sometime in the past your learned to use what ever program you used to use
As long as you keep using iPhoto according to the instructions for some other program you will continue to not get the results you expect
First off you need to understand that iPhoto is a Photo manager - NOT a file manager like you apparently are used to - then watch the iPhoto videos - start with the iPhoto help menu ==> iPhoto help and watch the videos -- then create a small library and experiment
is there anyone who can kindly let me knowhow I can do something as simple and straightforward as creating a new album,move pictures from "Events" or "Photos" (I even tried fromthere) into the new album and have them sort themselves as sequence with thenames I give them.
Sure - select the photo(s) and create a new album with them - you can add photos to the album by dragging from an event to it (note that photos really live in the event - albums are only pointers to the photos in the event) - in the album select all and under the view menu ==> sort photos select the sort you want
Seems pretty easy to me - maybe even simple
Currently Being ModeratedJun 24, 2011 11:21 PM (in response to emile n)
Bear with me a minute. You're confusing a lot of things.
1. As Larry says, on Windows you are using a File Manager for you your photos. All well and good if it works for you, but limited. Why? Because it doesn't leverage any of the extra information available with photos files. Essentially, a File Manager doesn't distinguish between a photo nd a Word file or a Music file. They are just files.
2. Photo Managers like iPhoto (Or Picasa, Aperture, Lightroom et al) work differently. They are designed to leverage the additional information available in the photo file. Case in point: Date. In the File Manager you have folders created for Year/Month/Day. In iPhoto the pics are grouped into Events automatically. These Events are based on the date and time the Photos were taken, and which is recorded in the Exif metadata for the photo file.
As we all know, when one downloads pictures from a camera, their"names" appear as a bunch of letters and the number indicating thesequence.
These are Filenames assigned by the Camera. In iPhoto you don't change Filenames you edit Titles. Titles are quite independent of filenames and are an entry in the Exif metadata.
I'm not sure what you've done in the renaming sequence, but iPhoto does not have a Sort -> by Name command. There is a Sort By Title command.
But you would not use Events for this job anyway. You would use an Album. Create an Album, drag the pics to it and then you can sort them in any order you want, manually. Then using the Batch Change Command you can create a sequence for them. So, Title the pics 'House Sale' and check the box to append number and the result:
House Sale 01, House Sale 02 etc
Currently Being ModeratedJun 25, 2011 8:55 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Many thanks for your answer. And yes, I knew it was confusing, and I knew that Office Picture Manager is a different concept. What I was looking for in iPhoto was not a clone of Pict. Mgr. but rather the ability to organize the photos simply and without any sophisticated ancillary features. Meaning, the same result despite the fact that it is a different system. Naive, I suppose. And I get the feeling that Larry really thinks I am an idiot, hence his tone.
In any case, I will try what you suggest in theis part of your answer
("You would use an Album. Create an Album, drag the pics to it and then you can sort them in any order you want, manually. Then using the Batch Change Command you can create a sequence for them. So, Title the pics 'House Sale' and check the box to append number and the result: House Sale 01, House Sale 02 etc")
I think I tried part of what you suggeted and failed, but I did not do the Batch Change Command part.
Thanks again. If you don't mind, I would ñike to report back to you with any results (good or bad).
Currently Being ModeratedJun 25, 2011 9:04 AM (in response to LarryHN)
Thanks for your answer. I will try your suggestion and see what happens and will let you know. Terrence Devlin also made a very interesting suggestion which I will try.
I know it is hard to really gues the tone of an email message, but my take on your tone is that you take me for an idiot. Maybe I am. I am definitely not you to whom this..." Seems pretty easy... - maybe even simple" as you put it.
The truth is, if it were so simple and easy, I would not have turned to you guys.