7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2012 5:12 PM by Richiwalt
Richiwalt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I had over 12,000 photos, with batches of photos in directory structures similar to folders like:

 

/NewEvent

/NewEvent/OriginalJPGs

/NewEvent/ProcessedForWeb

/NewEvent/ProcessedForPrint

/NewEvent/ProcessedForScreenDisplay

 

Now, I have multiple photos ... is there any way to easily remove duplicate photos in iPhoto?   Other Suggestions?   I'm switching from PC to Mac, and have just gotten started with iPhoto.

 

Thanks,

 

Richard


MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (129,385 points)

    Are these in iPhoto now?

     

    I suspect that these are not actually duplicates, but will be different file sizes for a start, right?

  • Richiwalt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, they are duplicates, as far as I'm concerned,  they mess up my orgami slide show by seeing the same photo plastered to the screen three times ... and they were duplicates before I imported them into iPhoto ... but yes, I processed the Nikon NEF file to a proof first image, then to a print optimized second image, then to a web browser optimized third image ... etc ... all BEFORE I imported them into iPhoto ...

     

    So, now, I was wondering if there was a way to delete duplicte (meaning photos that look alike) eventhough they are different sized ...

     

    Are you saying that if my source folders had multiple copies of the exact same file, then iPhoto would have only imported one of these files, and skipped the second?

     

    thanks for your help

     

    Richard

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (122,385 points)

    but yes, I processed the Nikon NEF file to a proof first image, then to a print optimized second image, then to a web browser optimized third image ... etc ... all BEFORE I imported them into iPhoto ...

     

    You created 3 different source files and imported all of them into iPhoto. So they all will apprear as original photos.

     

    Why don't you create an album in the left hand pane, drag the photos of the size your want into it and create the slideshow from those? 

     

    OT

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (61,735 points)

    Why did you import the different sizes? In general you should only import a single original for each photo. Probably your best bet is to start over with a nan library and only import the original RAW (NEF) photos to iPhoto

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (129,385 points)

    Well, they are duplicates, as far as I'm concerned,

     

    Perhaps, but not in the rest of the English-speaking world.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (122,385 points)

    You can try using Tidy Up to search for the duplicates with one of the options offered.

     

    Tidy Up!001.jpg

     

    Or try Duplicate Annihilator with it's options, paritcularly the size one:

    Duplicate Annihilator001.jpg

  • Richiwalt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes ... that would be great.  I may have to write a program to do that ... but, it's difficult.  I did not shoot all of the 12,000 as NEFs (Nikon Raw) files.   And it takes so much time to sort out what was original and what was a processed image.   Lots of photo software have "find similiar"  ... allowing one to remove duplicates fairly easily - even when they sit in different directories.   I thought that would be a trivial thing for iPhoto as well ... I'm new to mac.