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Use pictures stored anywhere with iPhoto6
Authored by: jaysoffian on Jan 19, '06 07:52:21AM

A few points:

- The "Add ColorSync profile" option can only be enabled if you allow iPhoto to copy into the library. So if you disable "Copy files to iPhoto Library folder when adding to library" then the "Add ColorSync profile" option is disabled as well.

- When "Copy file to iPhoto Library folder when adding to library" is disabled, iPhoto organizes its library the same way as if the option is enabled, but instead of placing the photos in the library, it places Finder aliases (as opposed to symlinks) there. The advantage of this is that you can move the original items and iPhoto should still be able to find the moved item. Also, when deleting an image, the alias gets deleted, not the original item. This is as expected I hope.

- iPhoto now organizes its library using three folders: Data, Modified, and Originals. Under each of these is a folder by year, and within that a folder by roll name. In those folder are the actual files (or possibly aliases in the case of the Originals folder).

- It just so happens that my photo import process is to first copy my photos from my camera to a separate location: Pictures/Archives/YYYY/YYYYMMDD/<image file>. I then import those folders into iPhoto. When importing from disk, iPhoto uses the containing folder of each image as the roll name. So with iPhoto 6, this means that my Data, Modified, and Originals directories look like this: Originals/YYYY/YYYYMMDD/<image file>, mirroring how I was organizing my Archives folder. The Originals folder contains all aliases into the Archives folder. This is much nicer than iPhoto's previous scheme.

- There is a contextual menu item "Reveal Original in Finder." I don't recall if iPhoto 5 had that. This will properly follow the alias to the original item. This item is only active for images whose originals are kept outside the iPhoto library folder.

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Use pictures stored anywhere with iPhoto6
Authored by: matsw on Jan 19, '06 08:30:23AM

It's good news that originals can be kept outside the library, I have been waiting for this since version 2.

How are vertical images handled ? In iPhoto 5, the image is decompressed, rotated and recompressed instead of simply using the exif orientation tag. Has that been changed ?

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(vertical) image rotation in iPhoto
Authored by: claudio on Jan 19, '06 11:03:26AM

Was this true for iPhoto 5 on Tiger, hopefully not? If you're running Panther (Mac OS X 10.3.x) then EXIF-rotation is not systemwide supported, and I guess that this might affect iPhoto 5 and 6 on Panther, too.

On Tiger they all should be aware of EXIF-rotation.

Someone here to prove me wrong?

- claudio

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(vertical) image rotation in iPhoto
Authored by: matsw on Jan 19, '06 11:43:28PM

iPhoto 5 on Tiger makes a recompressed copy of every photo that is rotated (either by the camera's orientation sensor or by the user). This loses quality and wastes space. I hope the new version makes smart use of the EXIF orientation.

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(vertical) image rotation in iPhoto
Authored by: jaysoffian on Feb 04, '06 03:03:53PM

This is not an issue for me because I don't import with iPhoto directly. I have my own scripts I've rolled that make use of jhead to rename and rotate photos. jhead in-turn uses jpegtran to perform the rotation which is done losslessly. The orientation flag is then reset.

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