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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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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!
My computer in 2005: Windows XP, Nokia Communicator and MSN Messenger
My computer in 2005: Windows XP, Nokia Communicator and MSN Messenger
In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
In Apple Photos you can export the unmodified originals
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
Batch converting HEIC image files to JPG using a VPS with a ton of CPU power
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Going through my old photo libraries using iPhoto and Apple Photos
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