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Synchronise photos with the native iOS photos app

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 Mac in 2006: a G4 Mac Mini with 1GB RAM running OS X Tiger
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Happy together: Using the native iOS Photo app to browse through my entire photo collection managed with Shotwell
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)
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Batch converting HEIC image files to JPG using a VPS with a ton of CPU power
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