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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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The iPhone 4 replaced my camera in 2010 - selfie of Mr. Blurry Cam
The iPhone 4 replaced my camera in 2010 - selfie of Mr. Blurry Cam
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
My entire photo library on a single SD card - unbelievable!
My entire photo library on a single SD card - unbelievable!
Ahhh, the sweet taste of freedom: managing my photos using Shotwell on my tablet
Ahhh, the sweet taste of freedom: managing my photos using Shotwell on my tablet
In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
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