Where do you put photos from your digital camera or smart phone? If you’re like most of us Mac users, you stuff everything into iPhoto, right? What’s the problem? Duplicates and near duplicate photos which obscure your search for photos and add to iPhoto’s already overly cluttered interface.
Mac users, rejoice. Here are three Mac apps that help unclutter the clutter, de-dupe the duplicates, annihilate what you don’t want or need in iPhoto.
The most expensive app also does the most. PhotoSweeper not only de-clutters and de-dupes your photos in iPhoto, it does the same for Aperture and Lightroom. It also offers the most options for comparing photos.
Less expensive is Duplicate Annihilator for iPhoto. It, too, has multiple comparison options. With one click Duplicate Annihilator finds duplicates in iPhoto, marks them as duplicates, you can examine, and then trash with a drag and drop.
The least expensive option also has the fewest features. Duplifinder searches for duplicates in iPhoto; both photos and videos. It gives you a pop up window which displays originals and duplicates.
A simple double-click of a photo opens it so you can get a close up view before deleting. Duplifinder is the simplest to use, but doesn’t have as many comparison options as PhotoSweeper or Duplicate Annihilator.
One click moves all duplicates to iPhotos Trash, but not the first item in each group. Press the Delete key to move any photo or multiple selected photos to iPhotos Trash.
What are the advantages of keeping iPhoto mean and lean? Unnecessary duplicates means that iPhoto runs slower. Remove the duplicates and iPhoto can display photos faster. When you use iPhoto to enhance an image, it’s better to start with the original. Getting rid of duplicates also makes it easier to manage tags and comments.