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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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My first digital camera: a Samsung Digimax 800K shooting 1024x768px photos
My first digital camera: a Samsung Digimax 800K shooting 1024x768px photos
Going through my old photo libraries using iPhoto and Apple Photos
Going through my old photo libraries using iPhoto and Apple Photos
My computer in 2001, captured using the Digimax 800K
My computer in 2001, captured using the Digimax 800K
Batch converting HEIC image files to JPG using a VPS with a ton of CPU power
Batch converting HEIC image files to JPG using a VPS with a ton of CPU power
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
Importing new photos from my camera is easy - very much like the Apple iPhoto ad from 2002!
Importing new photos from my camera is easy - very much like the Apple iPhoto ad from 2002!

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