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iphoto 11 delete duplicates

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Mar 2, 2012 5:03 AM

Hi please can anyone tell me how to delete the duplicates in my iphoto 11 library?  At some point in updating it was duplicated more than once so that in some cases there are four copies of the same picture. I can't find any reference to this task which surprises me. Thanks very much for any help anyone can give me.

iPhoto '11, iOS 5.0.1, Early 2008 iMac 2GB 2.66 intel core
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,870 points)
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    Mar 2, 2012 5:11 AM (in response to gtent)

    It sounds like you've imported one Library to another. Do you have back ups from before this event?

     

     

    For dealing with duplicates in iPhoto check out Duplicate Annihilator

  • emanoyhl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:45 AM (in response to gtent)

    simple (at least until apple decides to release a 64-bit version of iphoto and add the remove duplicates feature)

     

    anyway, this is what you want to do:

     

    go into your Pictures folder

     

    right-click on iPhoto Library and select "show package contents"

     

    inside, there is a Master Folder (where ALL your photos are stored by date/time)

     

    !!DO NOT DELETE THIS FOLDER!!

     

    simply copy this folder onto your desktop (or other location) and then close out

     

    open iPhoto - select ALL your photos and DELETE them from within iPhoto (to try to keep library in tact)

     

    after that, quit iPhoto and then reopen iPhoto by holding down the Option+Command keys a popup window should appear with options to Rebuild Library - once that is finished, and your iPhoto is totally empty re-import that folder you earlier copied back into iPhoto - and once the pop up for duplicates appears select to NOT import duplicates

     

    - depending on how many photos you have this could take an unusually long time -

     

    presto! and no dumb half-written apps that purpotedly remove duplicates

     

    good luck!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,870 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to emanoyhl)

    Perhap you might take the time to warn the user about the amount of material your scheme will cost them:

     

    Any changes to Events

    Edits - every single edit you have made to any shot - gone, all of them. Every single one.

    Albums

    Smart Albums

    Added metadata - Faces, Places, Keywords, Captions

     

    In fact, your version will be the same as if the person had never used iPhoto at all.

     

    So, to be clear, your scheme will destroy data. Therefore you should warn the user about this.

     

    That said, if that is the way you wish to go, rebuilding with  iPhoto Library Manager will do a lot less damage, preserving much more of the data.

     

    Then, in the case here -  where one Library has been imported to another -  it just won't work at all.

     

    And, using Duplicate Annihilator will avoid all of that fuss and bother.

     

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • emanoyhl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:56 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    yes preciesly

     

    1. i'm not trying to sell anyone software (which i've noticed most of your comments' answers are to direct people to software they may or may not need)

     

    2. if someone has thousands of photos in their iphoto (or other photo program for that matter) that actually relies on all the metadata and face recognition, keywords, etc. - then i would tend to believe they would not have a duplication problem and with that, would have backups (with all that tedious work)

     

    3. when importing photos into iphoto, if you do not select the option to allow or ignore duplicates, and you wind up having duplicates, chances are, it's easiest, and fastest, and FREE, to simply delete your iphoto library altogether, and start over from the beginning - especially if you have imported thousands of images - if you have imported less than that, then a simple sort will be easiest to delete all your duplicates with conventional command-click/select

     

    good luck!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,870 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 10:55 PM (in response to emanoyhl)

    1. i'm not trying to sell anyone software (which i've noticed most of your comments' answers are to direct people to software they may or may not need)

     

    I'm not trying to sell anyone software either. I have nothing - zip, nyet, nada - to gain from someone using any of the apps I may suggest from time to time. I have no shares, no ownersship, no relationship whatever with any software maker. I don't have shares in Apple or any other hardware maker. I have learned and used the software I suggest with success. I have recommended it thousands of times. People have reported success from using it.

     

     

    if someone has thousands of photos in their iphoto (or other photo program for that matter) that actually relies on all the metadata and face recognition, keywords, etc. - then i would tend to believe they would not have a duplication problem and with that, would have backups (with all that tedious work)

     

    You think? Stick around, learn a little. You might be surprised. Then, if your 'answer' is only for a limited subsection of users (those who have done nothing at all with their shots, just imported them) then you should clearly label it so. You didn't. You set out a scheme that destroys a lot of data and never warned the User.

     

    when importing photos into iphoto, if you do not select the option to allow or ignore duplicates, and you wind up having duplicates, chances are, it's easiest, and fastest, and FREE, to simply delete your iphoto library altogether, and start over from the beginning - especially if you have imported thousands of images - if you have imported less than that, then a simple sort will be easiest to delete all your duplicates with conventional command-click/select

     

    And again, in the situation of this user, where one Library has been imported to another, your 'solution' will not work. Multiple versions are just that, versions, not duplicates. Using your scheme the result will be the same, less all the work previously done.

     

     

    It's not up to you to decide whether or not someone else should start over from scratch. Your 'solution' is not sorting out duplicates, it's trashing a library in the most destructive way possible and you don't warn about that.

     

    If you're going to advise people on the board, and by all means do, then do the courtesy of testing your answers first, and always, always warn if your suggestion is going to destroy data of any kind.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

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