I know there are more critical questions awaiting but this pops up often enough that maybe some of the answer gurus will give it some attention. I'll tag the crap out of it so it will pop up next time the question in asked.
I've only recently tried to incorporate iPhoto into my use and management of my Mac and have done some searches on this topic and received answers. In my ignorance as simple as the answer is I don't understand them from a rationale perspective and hoped someone here could clear this up for me and the others that pose the question often enough that it has relevance to the software's role for the troops/users.
In my search to learn how to change a file name the standard answer seems to be, "You can't." I would have thought it was an oversight and a feature that would come in a future release except the other part of the answer is almost always, "You don't need to - All you have to do is export the photo and change the file name. Maybe so but I feel like that's trying to go somewhere from my house, in my car which is parked in my garage but first having to walk down the street to take a bus, do the circuit back, and walk back to my car and head off to my destination.
Maybe these questions will help me understand what the point of iPhoto is and use it better.
- Why put a photo in there in the first place as opposed just having a photo folder and subfolders as my libraries. If I download a photo from the web and duitifully import directly into iphoto and then have to take it out to rename it and then put it back into the iphoto library or libraries it's more work and so not apple?
- Doesn't this also just start duplicating photos and so space used on the hard drive?
- "You don't need to because all you have to do is export." - If I want to turn to my iPhoto library to find and locate the right photo for import into WordPress Media for an article, I may and in fact almost always want to change the name to greater reflect the nature of the article. I don't know yet if this impacts SEO for the article (I'm learning the ins and out of basic SEO) and the site overall but even so for the article's sake it's not.
- What is the down side to being able to make changes directly in iPhoto
Even the parts I can change the title and description aren't saved when I upload to the WordPress image folder.
It would be cool if one could actually make the changes mentioned above but also the description AND there was an Alt field that would store for transfer in an upload to one's site.