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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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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
The camera inside the iPhone 4 wasn’t all that bad: shooting detail rich pictures - Winter in Amsterdam (December 2010)
The camera inside the iPhone 4 wasn’t all that bad: shooting detail rich pictures - Winter in Amsterdam (December 2010)
Using EXIF information to rename the photos to include the date and time the photo was taken
Using EXIF information to rename the photos to include the date and time the photo was taken
My computer in 2001, captured using the Digimax 800K
My computer in 2001, captured using the Digimax 800K
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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