17 problems in iPhotos – Mac guide

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We show you how to have many photos in iPhoto or Aperture can bring together all of the photos, and solves other problems with Apple’s new photo management application.

Images for OS X Yosemite is finally here! And given how long we have put up with the limitations of iPhoto and Apple presented the program already in the summer it is really about time. Pictures have many advantages, perhaps especially the speed, but it also means a whole new way to manage photos on the Mac, and some features are gone, others have been moved, and a few are broken. You can also consult Mac Repair centre incase of unsolved issues.

Here we collect rather than solutions to many of the early problems that have surfaced with photos and answers to commonly asked questions about the program.

Merging libraries

Many have wondered what to do with the photos if they have worked with several iPhoto library. Just like iPhoto Pictures only manage a library at a time and it can only convert other libraries to its own format.

To open a different library than the default library, hold down the alt key and starting Images . Then you select the library and can choose from a library you have already converted or iPhoto library, click the  Other Library .

Hold down Alt and restart Pictures to select the library. Highlight a library to see exactly where it is on the hard drive.

(If Images freezes while importing from iPhoto, we recommend that you launch iPhoto and based on the library’s database before trying again. You do this by first holding the alt and launch iPhoto and then hold the alt-cmd when you press Select , followed by the construction of the iPhoto library database . It can take a while if you have many pictures.)

There are no built-in tools in either iPhoto or Pictures to merge multiple libraries, and you can only import individual photos or folders with photos in Images.

You can choose from several approaches, but no matter which you choose, you will miss out on something.


A fairly simple solution is to export all images from your extraordinary library and import them back into the main library.

One problem with the technology is that iPhoto really shitty to export their photos. When exporting disappear very much data, allowing an exported library that are imported into another program lacks much of the hard work you have put in on the images. This applies both edits and location data and other metadata.

Have you Aperture, you can import multiple iPhoto libraries to your main library in the program and then import only your Aperture library in Pictures.

To export from iPhoto, select the photos you want to move (for example, all pictures in the library), choose File -> Export , choose either Current or Original for Type and click Export . Then, you import the exported images to the Pictures as usual.

You can also do much the same thing with pictures from a library you already have converted to Images format:

Alt-launch Pictures and select the iPhoto library you wish to merge with your standard library

When the converted library: Select Content -> Album and double-click on All Images.

Choose Edit -> Select All (cmd-a).

Either select File -> Export -> Export original unaltered or File -> Export -> Export Pictures . With the first choice, all changes from iPhoto or Pictures off. In the latter maintained the changes but “burnt into” a new tiff, jpg or png.

When the export is complete, turn the Images, alt start again and select your main library.

Pull in the exported images or select File -> Import .

If your iPhoto library is large and you are keen to get as good order as possible, you can use the iPhoto Library Manager can merge multiple libraries for real, without a fuss. It costs about 255 SEK. The developers have also developed a utility for photos, though so far can not merge multiple libraries.

Gather not quite what it sounds like

Pictures have another function next to the Import and Export called Gather, but not gathers several libraries without gathers files that are linked to the library.

In both photos and iPhoto, you can choose to save only references to the original files and not copy them to the Library folder. This saves disk space, but the images that are not physically in the library can not be included in iCloud library and it becomes more difficult to move a library.

With Collect is the idea that you should be able to move in all these files are located in other folders on your hard drive so that photos must take care of them instead. It sounds good, but in our testing has consistently crashed the program and we have not managed to make it work.

Take a break

If you have enabled iCloud library and has a large library would Pictures free to use as much bandwidth it can to upload your photos quickly. It’s really good, but if you have some shitty line or have to surf for a while through the phone, it can be helpful to know that you can pause the upload one day.

Open Settings -> iCloud and press the Pause one day as ending refuel. You can always continue, which allows you to decide when it should have charge and when you want to free up bandwidth.

Minimizing space requirements on the Mac

Most modern Macs have fast flash memory instead of hard drive, which is good in every way except that you can once again get out of storage quite simple, and photos is one of the largest space thieves.

With iCloud library enabled saved all your photos in the cloud, and then you do not save everything on the Mac. In Photos -> Settings -> iCloud , you’ll see two options for how images are saved on the Mac. Basically Download original to the computer checked, and then put the original images always on the Mac so you can work with them regardless of whether you have internet access or not.

If you choose Optimize Mac storage saves all the original cloud and even on the computer “if space”. This means that all the free space on the Mac can be filled with pictures if you have so many in the cloud, but the originals loaded down only when needed – ie when you double-click an image to view it full size. With thousands of images in the library, it is unlikely that you will build up a large stock of these originals particularly quickly.

If you want to make sure to use minimal space, you can import all the pictures, wait until everything has been uploaded to iCloud, and then delete the library and create a new empty library that you allow iCloud to fill with small thumbnails.

Frequently asked questions (and answers) about Pictures

Before, I could drag an image to as Photoshop for photo editing it there. It is no longer possible. Am I missing a setting?

No, sorry, you have not. Photos follow Apple’s new strategy for how programs interact, via Extensions. This means that other applications that want to interact with the images in the photos needs its own Extension, for example, to edit or print on a special printer, or whatever it may be.

The easiest way to open Images photos in Photoshop (at least in CC 2014) and some other programs (Pixelmator for example) is to use a library function in the Open dialog. Press Cmd-O as usual and then check in the left column. Below Devices and Shared Media can find photos of which one of the choices. Click on it to display libraries of photos, iPhoto, Photo Booth, and probably Aperture.

From there, you select pictures by browsing as usual among Moments, Collections, Year, Locations and Album, and in subfolders of these. The opening is the original image, but is still in About image library so it may be best to Save As and choose a different location because the edited version is not visible in the photos.

If your program does not support media library feature, you can instead export the original photos from the Photos by holding down the Alt key and drag-and-drop to the Finder or the desktop.

If I import iPhoto library to Pictures – should I then delete the iPhoto library?

You do not actually do. Apple uses namely something called hard links, where multiple “files” in the file system pointing to the same physical data. It’s the same technology that allows Time Machine can save tens or hundreds of “complete” backups without taking up as many times more space. Double library simply means that metadata is saved twice, while all original – which takes up the bulk of the space – not duplicated. But if you delete the iPhoto library will not be lost pictures in the Pictures for it.

IPhoto disappeared or stopped be updated after I install Pictures. What do I do?

Several readers have had this problem. After the photos are installed Iphoto away completely or can no longer be updated to a version that works with Yosemite. What causes it is not entirely clear, but what you can do is download iPhoto from the Mac App Store again.

Open the App Store application and click on  Buy . IPhoto is not left in the store’s catalog anymore, but since you already have it already you can download it again. If it says install next program in this list, click on it. It is open , you can try it, but if it does not work, open the Applications folder, delete iPhoto and empty the trash, and then go back to the Buy tab in the App Store and install again. Then the past, Yosemite-compatible version will be downloaded.

Must I use iCloud library?

No! You need not even use photos. If you do not activate the function in Photos -> Settings -> iCloud , you can continue using unique, isolated library on one or more Macs. You can of course also save the library on Dropbox for example, to have the images in the cloud without using icloud right.

Wait, is my picture power gone?

No, not that either. In the same place settings for photos you can find also the setting for this function. This feature syncs your latest images (last 30 days) taken to all your iCloud-connected devices and can hold up to 1000 images on iOS and unlimited number of Mac. Since the pictures are stored temporarily they do not count against your storage amount iCloud, so it does not matter if you only have a free account with 5 gigabytes of space.

Do I need to import the entire library from iPhoto?

Yes, unless you export the selected images which we describe above, or use iPhoto Library Manager can only import photos an entire library at a time. You can of course remove images in retrospect.

Pictures show fewer photos than in iPhoto or Aperture. What happened to the others?

We, and many others, have also seen this! A reader says that Aperture showed fewer total number of images for Update Yosemite – without even installing Pictures. We’re guessing it’s either because the photos have been cleared in the database so that a more accurate number is displayed, or identical images have been removed.

When you import a collection of photos in the Pictures application reads these to find any copies, making it the basis of the content instead of file names and other metadata. It allows two images are identical but has dubbed various things not be copied twice. Apple has foolishly chosen not to display any information about it, so when you import 1300 pictures and the library since 1270 shows it is difficult to see that it is because there were 30 copies.

Have photos erased my metadata?

Images can not show all metadata, such as additional fields in Aperture. But the images are imported is not modified, so subsequent updates can potentially show more metadata when you export while maintaining exif data, data from iPhoto and Aperture keep up.

Where did the road map?

Images are no longer a map where you can see all your photos deployed, but you can view an event that has location data on a map. Open the Photos tab and click on the left arrow on the top left to view larger groups of moments. When you see a place name next dates for a collection, you can click on it and see all the geotagged photos on a map. You can zoom all the way out to the year view and see a full year of images of the map that way.

Pictures say that I do not have the right amount of free space, but I have lots ?!

We have heard several reports of Pictures claims that there is just enough free space to import a library or a collection of images, although it is definitely there. It seems that this is due to the Spotlight – Pictures using Spotlights estimate of how much free space you have on the disk, and Spotlight can sometimes be totally wrong. Open  -> About This Mac and click the Storage tab. If free space here does not match with what the Finder says you can either force Spotlight to index the drive again or suspend the index of the disc. The first is done by entering the following command in Terminal: mdutil -E -a

In System Preferences -> Spotlight -> Privacy , you can add the entire hard drive to shut down its index. Import photos to photos again and then remove the hard drive from the list again.

What happened to my smart albums?

Several readers have been in touch with the problems importing smart albums for photos and getting imported smart albums to function as they should. We have yet no answer to what this may be, but update the article when we know more.

I used to sync individual albums to iPad with iTunes. Why can not any longer?

You can still sync individual albums, but that just goes on iCloud library is not enabled on either device. If you recently updated the IOS may you happened to turn it on, so check it out first in Settings -> iCloud -> Photos .

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