Personally, iThink it’s time for Apple to ditch the iDevice and iApp monickers, hence out with iPhoto and in with the simpler Photos app. That said, iPhoto has some flaws which have spawned a robust add-on industry to help iPhoto deal with duplicates and find the best photo among many. Here’s one.
Oh, Snap! Select!
Just in time to be outmoded by the new Photos app is Snapselect, a Mac photo utility which works with iPhoto (and Aperture, also soon to kick the bucket, and Adobe’s Lightroom, the most expensive of the expensive).
What Snapselect does is what you do, but faster. By using some magical image recognition technology, Snapselect can find the best photos from your camera and move those to iPhoto (or Aperture or Lightroom) for processing.
Out of focus, blurry, or poorly composed images are set aside and marked, not even making the trip from camera or flash card to your Mac.
Not only that, but Snapselect selects the best of the image duplicates in iPhoto and gets rid of the dupes you don’t need or want. I like to think of Snapselect as middleware– it sits in the middle between your photos or camera and the app you use the most to manage your photos, whether it’s iPhoto, Aperture, or Lightroom.
It selects just the best photos, marks the duplicates, and kinda sorta mostly pre-judges the mass of photos that eventually clutter up your Mac.
I like to think of Snapselect as kind of a smart filmstrip viewer that pre-sorts, pre-selects, pre-judges photos before they move to iPhoto or whatever app you use to manage photos.
Because it’s actually a photo viewer of incoming photos you can select what you think are the best photos for final transfer and discard the rest. Rejected images can be maintained, too, and Snapselect doesn’t care what image format you use, from RAW to PNG to JPG to TIFF.
You’ll need OS X Mavericks or Yosemite, though, and plenty of RAM helps.
Photos can be grouped many different ways before transfer, too, including by dupes or similarities, as well as date or time range. If you want, unwanted photos that would clutter up iPhoto or Lightroom can be deleted with a click, which makes the workflow photographer friendly.
Snapselect works well with any folder of photos on your Mac, any folder with folders on an external disk drive, or any folder of photos from camera or flash storage. It’s not free, but it’s a big time saver.