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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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I used sequential filenames with a manually set prefix
I used sequential filenames with a manually set prefix
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!
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
My computer in 2005: Windows XP, Nokia Communicator and MSN Messenger
My computer in 2005: Windows XP, Nokia Communicator and MSN Messenger
My entire photo library on a single SD card - unbelievable!
My entire photo library on a single SD card - unbelievable!
Using my 2006 Mac Mini to connect to a Sun Microsystems server using the fancy looking, yet powerful, terminal app.
Using my 2006 Mac Mini to connect to a Sun Microsystems server using the fancy looking, yet powerful, terminal app.

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