Unfortunately, Apple does not mind disrupting customers, either. iPhoto users beware. Apple has plans for a new photo management app. It’s called Photos and it seeks to disrupt how we many photos. Here’s a way to prepare for the coming changes.
Find And Destroy Dupes
Apple promises that Photos will appear early this year, which could mean any time between now and late spring. In the meantime, I’m doing what I should have been doing for a few years.
I’m cleaning up iPhoto. The list of need-to-do items is extensive. Keywords, albums, events, and getting rid of duplicates.
It’s that last action that’s also the easiest because the Mac has a number of useful duplicate cleaner utilities and they start at free.
The one I’m using now comes from the Mac App Store. It’s called Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto and what it does is what you expect. It finds photo duplicates so you can delete them. Really. It’s just that simple.
Open Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto and let it scan your Mac’s iPhoto Library. It scans for both photos and videos, including edited copies of original photos. Multiple copies of the same photo or video are grouped for easier viewing.
Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto runs on Macs from OS X Snow Leopard to OS X Yosemite. Free comes with a price, though. Upon running Duplicate Cleaner you’re encouraged to upgrade to Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro which comes with more features and a price tag.
You’ll be prompted to select your iPhoto Library (you may have more than one), but scanning is quick and mostly painless, and the scan also tells you how much disk space you can reclaim from your Mac by eliminating duplicates.
Duplicate photos are listed so you can see what’s what and make a decision to delete all or just a few, keeping duplicates of some as needed.
My very first scan came up with a space saving of more than 1.3GB on more than 550 duplicate photos. Found duplicates can be moved to iPhoto Trash which gives you one last chance to make sure only dupes have been marked for deletion before you delete them.
Not bad for free.
Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto is only one of the steps you’ll need to prepare your iPhoto photos for Apple’s new Photos app. Organizing photos into proper albums and events will help, too.