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Export your photos from Apple Photos

Using offline photo library management software

Aug. 31, 2020 -

After encountering the umpteenth ‘magic’ bug while managing my iPhone’s photos, I was done with it. Apple came a long way since it launched iPhoto (the predecessor of iCloud Photos). But for something as valuable as my personal memories, I want to be in full control. Read along to learn how I migrated my photo library away from the iCloud, using free, open source software.

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Happy together: Using the native iOS Photo app to browse through my entire photo collection managed with Shotwell
Happy together: Using the native iOS Photo app to browse through my entire photo collection managed with Shotwell
In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
Yesteryear’s memory cards - note that they are sized in MB, as in mega, not gigabyte!
Yesteryear’s memory cards - note that they are sized in MB, as in mega, not gigabyte!
Steve Jobs introducing the original iPhone in 2007 as ‘ultimate digital device’
Steve Jobs introducing the original iPhone in 2007 as ‘ultimate digital device’
Going through my old photo libraries using iPhoto and Apple Photos
Going through my old photo libraries using iPhoto and Apple Photos
Importing all photos into Shotwell caused my tablet to run a little hot (as it generated new thumbnails) - a problem solved using an rather analogue solution: a ventilator
Importing all photos into Shotwell caused my tablet to run a little hot (as it generated new thumbnails) - a problem solved using an rather analogue solution: a ventilator

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