Color me somewhat confused about the business model of free. I understand Google giving away free email and other free software. Google tracks what you do and sells the data to make money on advertising. You’re part of the product, not a customer.
Mac, iPhone, and iPad users get plenty of free software from Apple, too. Safari, Mail, Calendar, Reminders, iTunes, Photos, iMovie among many. But you’re buying a piece of hardware for the privilege of using free software. That said, if you have duplicate photos on your Mac, here’s how to find them for free.
With apologies to Joss Whedon’s Serenity TV series and Frank Costanza’s Serenity Now! episode in Seinfeld, there is little serenity in tens of thousands of photos in the Mac’s Photos app whereby a few thousand are duplicates. I know, we don’t worry about storage as much as we did in generations past, but who among the Mac and iPhone faithful do not have more than a fair share of duplicate photos?
Enter Photos Duplicate Cleaner for the Mac; a free app that does what you want to do– delete duplicates– but does so fast and painlessly.
Photos Duplicate Cleaner minimizes the tedious efforts used for searching your entire system for duplicate photos. Instead of searching your Mac manually for duplicates, select a particular folder and let this cleaner do its work. As a result, you’ll save ample of space on your Mac. Photos Duplicate Cleaner creates groups of duplicate photos so that it is easy to find out the number of occurrences of similar photos and clean selected duplicates. All copies of a photo are deleted except the original one.
What’s not to like? Well, read on.
The first thing you’ll see in Photos Duplicate Cleaner is a request to upgrade to the Pro version, which has more features and a price tag.
That’s OK because there remains good value in free, but at least we can see where the business model is, right?
How long it takes for Photos Duplicate Cleaner to scan through your Photos collection depends upon how many photos you saved and how fast your Mac is, but it didn’t take long for it to chew through 25,000 photos on my Mac– about a minute. Your mileage may vary.
The scan found a few hundred duplicates and displayed them in a few dozen groups. Click the ones you don’t want and click the Trash Marked button. Photos Duplicate Cleaner will delete those photos from your collection.
That’s about it. Photo Duplicate Cleaner can sort through the Photos Library, or any folder full of photos, even one on an external disk drive connected to your Mac. To date, the app gets a 4.5-star rating on the Mac App Store, so download and installation cannot be more painless.
The pro-level version is called Duplicates Fixer Pro and I found it at 99-cents in the Mac App Store over the weekend. Either way, though, you end up with few photos, no duplicates, and a cleaner Photos library.