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iOS: Sync photos from Pictures folder and iPhoto Library iOS devices
As someone who collects images, and uses iPhoto for personal photos, I have wanted a way of syncing both my Pictures folder and my iPhoto library. Here's how you can do this.

First, set you iOS device to sync your Pictures folder. Then run the following command in Terminal:
xattr -d com.apple.FinderInfo "~/Pictures/iPhoto Library"
Then re-sync.

This seems to remove an extended attribute that prevents iTunes from syncing the iPhoto Library. Keep in mind that if you have a lot of photos in your library it may take a while to sync them all.

Note: You may have to re-apply the command from time to time, when the attribute is restored by iPhoto.

[kirkmc adds: This works as described. However, this may sync much more than the photos that you see in your iPhoto library. I have a very small iPhoto library, and the number of photos that synced was about 5 times the number in my library. This is because the iPhoto library contains masters, previews and thumbnails. However, that happened the first time I synced my iPad; the second time, the number was much lower. So I'm not sure if this method tells iTunes to find every picture in the iPhoto Library bundle the first time, and subsequent syncs only find the main pictures, and not their variants.]
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iOS: Sync photos from Pictures folder and iPhoto Library
Authored by: richard2 on Jun 13, '12 08:07:48AM

I think there are too many dirty hacks, such as this one, accepted as hints. :|



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iOS: Sync photos from Pictures folder and iPhoto Library
Authored by: brucio on Jun 13, '12 09:09:01AM
Gotta love the hackses, even the "dirty" ones. Nobody forcing anybody to actually use them.

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iOS: Sync photos from Pictures folder and iPhoto Library
Authored by: marksch on Jun 14, '12 11:46:58AM

It is exactly the dirty hacks that make this website useful. Simple shortcuts are already visible in the menu items and clever applications can be found with your favorite search engine, but the solutions that Apple didn't think of can be found in OSX Hints.

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Try iPhoto Library/Masters/ instead
Authored by: escowles on Jun 13, '12 10:04:34AM

You might avoid the duplicate problem by doing:

xattr -d com.apple.FinderInfo "~/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Masters/"

That should get all the full-resolution photos, but leave out the thumbnails, etc.



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iOS: Sync photos from Pictures folder and iPhoto Library
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 13, '12 02:54:59PM

Sync to what? There are so many ways to sync anymore, how are we to know which one you're talking about? Not all of us are techies.

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iOS: Sync photos from Pictures folder and iPhoto Library
Authored by: Phi3nd on Aug 20, '12 08:52:15AM

Is there a way to sync just the albums in iPhoto you want instead of your entire iphoto library? I want to sync 5 albums from iPhoto to my iPhone along with a folder of pictures on my desktop that I do not want to put into iPhoto and create an album. It seems like this script would work for my particularity case as long as it doesn't sync my entire Library to my phone. If this is possible and you guys can give me an example, I'd really appreciate it!



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