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Export your photos from iCloud

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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In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
Going through my old photo libraries using iPhoto and Apple Photos
Going through my old photo libraries using iPhoto and Apple Photos
Introducing iLife in 2002 - shown on an iMac G4 - designed to be fun, easy and powerful
Introducing iLife in 2002 - shown on an iMac G4 - designed to be fun, easy and powerful
My entire photo library on a single SD card - unbelievable!
My entire photo library on a single SD card - unbelievable!
My first Mac in 2006: a G4 Mac Mini with 1GB RAM running OS X Tiger
My first Mac in 2006: a G4 Mac Mini with 1GB RAM running OS X Tiger
In the macOS finder you can setup photo synchronisation using a normal directory on the file system as source - no need for a full fledged iCloud Photo library!
In the macOS finder you can setup photo synchronisation using a normal directory on the file system as source - no need for a full fledged iCloud Photo library!

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