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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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I used sequential filenames with a manually set prefix
I used sequential filenames with a manually set prefix
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
Yesteryear’s memory cards - note that they are sized in MB, as in mega, not gigabyte!
Yesteryear’s memory cards - note that they are sized in MB, as in mega, not gigabyte!
What seems normal today, was futuristic in 2008: browsing the web on a full touch screen device (while drinking beer)
What seems normal today, was futuristic in 2008: browsing the web on a full touch screen device (while drinking beer)
No vintage photo filters applied: this is an untouched original digital photo from 2001. (Lake Garda, Italy, 2001)
No vintage photo filters applied: this is an untouched original digital photo from 2001. (Lake Garda, Italy, 2001)
Visiting the Apple Store in Miami Beach in 2008
Visiting the Apple Store in Miami Beach in 2008

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