Yeah, I was wondering about that delete thing, when someone was lamenting the inability to delete from inside the iPhoto app Library. Since there seems be no way to tell when anything in the library was created, how do you know which of 40 copies to delete?
Did a little research on my own iPhoto iOS photo Library.
First of all, it only appeared that I had too many multi-duped photos to count. It turns out I have
15 items with 50+ copies, and one with a minuscule 20-ish copies. (out of about 300 actual photos, plus about 100 legit duplicates).
Out of the 16 multi-dupes, there are
12 on the Camera Roll, of which
9 are unedited iPad camera photos
2 were photos imported via iTunes sync and edited in iPhoto
1 is the first (3 min) completed video exported from the iMovie app
2 video clips imported via iTunes sync and edited (rotated) in iMovie app
1 photo imported via iTunes, edited in iPhoto, but not placed in Camera Roll
1 photo imported via iTunes, not edited, and never placed in Camera Roll
So, that's my story.
But, at least I figured out where the Photo Library is for the iPhoto app. Lol.
Hmmm. Occurred to me that perhaps that one photo I think was never edited or placed in the Camera Roll may have been a test edit in the photos app, and then was deleted from the camera roll as part of the experimental process. Or perhaps was edited in iPhoto and reverted to original.
But the one thing is for sure. No photos or video imported from my camera via the camera kit were involved in the mega-duping scandal.
I have reinstalled iPhoto so that (hopefully) I will get update when it arrives.
iPhoto is pretty and looks good but I think the following are better for the photo enthusiastic.
1. PhotoGene. Has main edit controls, layers, presets ( and create your own), batch export to typical services.
2. Snapspeed. iPad orientated editing and good stylising.
3. PhotoToaster. Excellent for quick fix and adding effects.
...things getting worse. Now deleted iPhoto on the iPad. Discover today that my main Mac iPhoto library has DULPICATES of all the pics that were in iPhoto on the iPad. Not in the Albums, but in the main body of photos. Given the Mac already duplicates them into Original/Modified pics, it was no wonder my main HD went from having 16GB free to just 2GB overnight. Thought something was up! Now I know why. All 1000 images on my iPad somehow got put back into my main library.. and I guess, back again to the iPad after the next sync, hence the iPad duplicates going from 2 to 4 to 6 to 8 quickly. To confirm, it's just the pics that were synced to the iPad that have gone back double - so it's just a selection within the library. Luckily I only have a few, larger bodies of pics, but it's still 1000 or so I've got to find and delete.
Thank goodness I've gotten rid of this IOS iPhoto and have asked for a refund.
Okay. I'm home with my Mac and attacked the next step of getting all the pics and videos off the iPad and onto the Mac.
I'm not particularly interested in having my pics in iPhoto on my Mac, anyway, so I used process in iPhoto help under "Share photos>With your computer>Save with iTunes"
This might be helpful for those wishing to avoid Robert's problem.
You just share the photos/album/event with iTunes inside iPhoto, hook up your iDevice to your computer, open iTunes, click on your iDevice in iTunes, find the iPhoto app under "apps" "File Sharing", click on the file(s) and pick a directory in which to save them.
Any video included in the process will only save a jpg of the fiile icon, so to get video files onto your computer, you will have to open iPhoto and choose the video files to import. I found that once in iPhoto, I can just click the video, copy, then paste into the non-iPhoto folder in which I wish them to reside.
I did not end up with any mega-dupes using this process. I did end up with copies of all the photos I had imported from my camera, synced in via iTunes originally, and, of course those photos I took with the iPad camera. But this was all an experiment, so I deleted all but the photos and video I took with the iPad camera -- which I don't anticipate using much in the future, anyway.
However, getting all those pics and video clips off the iPad and out of the iPhoto library (not necessarily the same thing, apparently) proved somewhat tedious.
And then when I thought I was all done, I ended up with a "Photo Box" album in iPhoto with every picture I had loaded onto the iPad since I started playing around with this process -- even ones I thought I had deleted initially when I started experimenting. Even tho I was able to select a range and thereby clear in a couple steps (was being careful, since photos I wanted to keep were there, too), it proved to be frustrating as well, cuz I now have a "Photo Box" album with 3 empty gray placeholders.
Of course, now that i'm all done, I can't go back and duplicate it all to provide the steps I went thru, but for the most part, I deleted them one at a time from the Photos app. But some (probably those taken with the iPad camera or imported from my camera), I was able to just delete the folders I placed them in. But of course, lots of photos were also in the Camera Roll, so those copies had to be deleted. I also went thru and reverted all the copies in the "edited" album back to original in order to get rid of that album.
And I probably could have eliminated those synced thru iTunes by just removing the folders they were in from the iTunes targeted photo folder.
But at least, as I went along, I ended up getting rid of the mega-dupes and didn't end up with any on my Mac.
Anyway. In case any of this is useful, here it is.
There is a "select multiple" option in iPhoto, which lets you select random photos out of the group, or a connected range. But that isn't always available, and even when you select multiple you never know if you will be able to actually do anything with the selections. For instance, you can select multiple, then try to share with the Camera Roll, but now all of the sudden the multiple selections you made are grayed out and you have to transfer one at a time.
Why doesn't Apple just let us select photos and delete them? Silly boy. If you accidently delete a photo you wanted to keep, you might sue Apple for allowing you to make that mistake. Actually, I don't think even Apple knows. Maybe they have faith in their users and expect every photo to be a masterpiece. I know mine all are -- aren't yours?
Interesting. After a snapped a few random photos of my walls (masterpiece unto themselves, of course) to check something out, the "Photo Box" album in iPhoto disappeared.
Interesting, part 2: Happened to check my back up to iCloud. Its telling me my next backup will be 4.0g based on 3.0g in the Camera Roll, and 754m in iPhoto. And I only have 20 photos total anywhere, and only one photo in the Camera Roll. Guess I need to jump over to a new forum.
I am having the same problem on the new iPad. I ended up with over 10,000 photos on iPhoto. I deleted the app and lost ALL my editing work since I bought the app! When I downloaded again and it updated the library I started with duplicates of multiple images. After a couple of launches I was at 5,000 photos! And no way to delete multiple ones. Is there any other solution. I am not going to restore my iPad and start over just for this app. It takes too long and is too much work to do it again. Besides from reading it doesnt seem to help either. I will be following this and hoping someone comes up with a solution. It is more than frustrating.