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State of Duplicate Annihilator

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Interested in getting the latest news from us including a great deal of tips and tricks related to Apples iPhoto, Photos and Aperture? Then why not subscribe to our much appreciated newsletter?

Newsletter archive

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 42

  • Photos 8 – how to set up as shared library

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 41

  • New features in Photos 8

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 40

  • Duplicate Annihilator for Photos v8 released
  • How to search, filter, suggest and “facet” your search in Photos.

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 39

  • How to work with People/faces?

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 38

  • Metadata, what is it and how do I use and edit it?

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 37

  • Introducing Duplicate Annihilator 7.5.0 including fix for iCloud and missing files.

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 36

  • Introducing Duplicate Annihilator v7 including copy metadata from duplicates to originals.
  • Smart albums for missing people no longer working
  • Photos 7 and Live Text

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 35

  • Preserve folder and album structure as keywords

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 34

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 33

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 32

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 31

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 30

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 29

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 28

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 27

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 26

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 25

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 24

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 23

  • Working with Duplicate Annihilator for Photos – part 3

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 22

  • Working with Duplicate Annihilator for Photos – part 2

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 21

  • macOS 10.5 Catalina, Photos 5 and Duplicate Annihilator v4
  • Working with Duplicate Annihilator for Photos – part 1

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 20

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 19

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 18

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 17

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 16

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 15

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 14

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 13

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 12

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 11

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 10

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 9

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 8

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 7

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 6

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 5

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 4

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 3

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 2

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 1

Dear friend

My name is Anders and I am the CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software. A few weeks back we emailed you about the state of Duplicate Annihilator and we received a lot of positive feedback and questions. Thank you, my staff and I really appreciate it. In this email I will tell you a little about the new Photos 2.0 that came with macOS Sierra. I hope that you will find it interesting and please let me know if you have any feedback on this email.

iPhoto is dead – long live iPhoto

In my last email I claimed that with macOS Sierra you would no longer be able to use iPhoto. Well, I was wrong. At the time, iPhoto was disabled in the latest developer version of macOS Sierra. But as it turned out, it was enabled in the public beta and eventually also in the final release of macOS Sierra. So you are still able to use iPhoto and Aperture


There are many opinions when Photos is mentioned. Some like it and some don’t. Professionals that used Aperture are frustrated over the lack of features. iPhoto users also noticed a lack of a few features but appreciate the speed of Photos. Some feel abandoned by Apple and have left it to use Adobe Lightroom. And some others find Photos totally awesome. Let’s just agree to disagree, we all have different needs.

We have received quite a lot of questions regarding Photos and how it works, so here are a few quick tips.

The sidebar

Yes, there is a sidebar in Photos but you’ll have to turn it on in the View menu. While you are in the View menu you might also want to set Photos to show some metadata like Title next to the images.

The Info window

Many of you have asked where to find more info about the images. That can be found in the Info window. Enable it with the command+I key combination or in the Window menu. In the Info window you can find information such as title, date and time, filename, location, keywords and description.

Hidden photos

In Photos you can hide photos by using the menu Image->Hide Photo or by the key combination command+L. This also means that you can hide photos by accident and then you might wonder were to find them. They can be viewed in the Hidden album in the Sidebar but it has to be turned on in the menu View->Show Hidden Photo Album.

Photos or All Photos

In Photos you have the Photos View and the All Photos Album. So why are there two of them and which one should you use? The Photos View is split into Moments, Collections, and Years and it is sorted by photo date. The Photos View will not show hidden photos. The All Photos Album is sorted by the date the photos were imported into Photos and not the date the photo was shot. The All Photos Album also shows hidden images. This means that the order the photos are shown in, and sometimes even the number of photos, differ between the Photos View and the All Photos Album. The sort order cannot be changed on either of them.

Frustrating and inconvenient some say. What if you want them sorted by Title or by reverse photos shot date? The answer is simple, create a new Smart Album that shows all images that are not hidden. Now you have a complete album where you can sort the content and understand how and why they are there.

Importing photos from file system

Let’s start by saying that you should not import photos by dragging a folder of photos to Photos. It may seem like it works but when doing this Photos may fail silently. You will think that it worked as it should when in reality you have lost photos. If you instead drag the individual contents of a folder it will tell you if it fails. If your import is unsuccessful just drag them again and it will likely succeed. Sometimes you may need to add them one by one. Frustrating, but will probably be fixed in future versions of Photos. Instead use the File->Import menu in Photos and you will get a better result. If you hold down the option key while selecting File->Import you can import without reviewing the photos first.

Importing Photos from phone or memory card

When you connect your phone or memory card Photos will by default open and an import window will occur. Some find this irritating. It can be avoided by unchecking the Open Photos for this device checkbox in the upper left corner of the Photos window.

Did you know that you can continue to work in Photos while importing? And did you know that there is a small progress wheel that you can click on to see how the import is going?

Reduce Motion

There is a lot of motion in the Photos interface and some people feel seasick when working in Photos. In the Photos preferences there is a checkbox named Reduce Motion that turns off a few of the movements and replace them with fades instead.  Some find Photos more enjoyable with less motion, and on older computers it will also make Photos run faster.


Photos can’t remove imported duplicates by itself but Duplicate Annihilator for Photos can. If you still use Duplicate Annihilator for iPhoto and would like to upgrade to Duplicate Annihilator for Photos we currently have a discounted upgrade program. For only $4.95 you can upgrade any old Duplicate Annihilator license to Duplicate Annihilator for Photos. For just $1.00 more you can upgrade any old Duplicate Annihilator license to the Duplicate Annihilator Toolbox including a family pack, which means that you get five licenses for you and your family. This includes all versions of Duplicate Annihilator including iPhoto, Aperture, iOS and Photos.

Get the upgrade here: https://upgrade.brattoo.com

Thank you for your time, I hope that you found this informative. If you have any feedback, suggestions or ideas please reply to this email. We read all emails and reply to them in person.

Best Regards
Anders, CEO and Founder, Brattoo Propaganda Software

What our subscribers say

I found this email most informative, very! Perhaps you should consider doing more of these in the future...good advertising and helpful.”

Thank you Anders, for all your useful information”

I am writing to tell you that I really appreciate these emails from you. Not because they are directly applicable to my needs, but because they are intelligent, informative, and generous.”

Thanks very much for all the info!”

Thanks a lot for your highly informative newsletter.”

Keep up the good work!”

Yours is one of the few unsolicited e-mails (Spam is such a rude term) I don't mind getting. I appreciate your casual style and the fact that you offer free software and advice. In fact, once I finish this note to you, I plan to order your upgrade even though I may never use it.”

Thank you very much for your informative emails. Highly appreciated!”

The Photos tips are a big help - we own so much tech with our Apples and use so little of it.”

This e-mail was very useful.”

Thanks so much for this email. I read every one of your messages (I am a major Apple Photos user) and find so much value in your emails. ”

As always, I look forward to your next newsletter.”

The Search information was very helpful. Thank you.”

I am impressed by the fact that you have spent time and effort to explain in simple terms what it will do and how to do it in such a way that we don’t have to sit scratching our heads when we first come across it. Let other developers take note and imitate.”

I just want to thank you for your email updates.”

I really enjoy your newsletters and appreciate the helpful information you provide.”

Great newsletter as usual!!”

Thank you Anders for your recent email; wow, what comprehensive detail about everything! I have saved it for future reference, but I applaud your desire to inform all your customers about the changes. Thank you.”

I have to thank you for this specific news letter as it is way above and beyond any previous one in my estimation!”

Thank you for your informative emails. They are always good to read and the tips within are valid and very useful.”

I really appreciate these emails - I read every one, and I thank you for writing these, and for your great software!”

THANK YOU for this email !! I do hope it's part of a series that will continue, as it's the clearest, most direct and concise software explanation I've ever read. You're writing in a voice that I TRUST.”

I wanted to say this was the easiest and best 'read' on iPhoto/photo I have seen yet. As a community college president, I don't have time to read most secondary mail. However, once I started, I finished yours. And BTW, love your sw/apps. Thank you.”

Absolutely love getting this newsletter. Thank you for all the invaluable Photos info and keep up the great work!”

Very useful comments and tips which I have taken on board.”

Thank you for yr very informative e-mail. Becoz you composed it so well, i gained a lot by reading it. ”

Dear Anders, thank you for your very thoughtful and informative email.”

Anders - I treasure your emails! Thank you for keeping us informed.”

I wish other software companies were as helpful and friendly as Brattoo Propaganda Software.”

Thank you for explaining the definitive aspects of Photo and iPhoto and for the pointing out the various sidebar settings. With much appreciation for keeping us users informed.”

I just wanted to say, of all the emails I get from all the different companies I’ve bought software from over the years, yours are my absolute favourite, and I always read them all the way through because I know I’ll learn something useful. ”

Thank you for your ever helpful newsletters. I archive them all as a future reference.”

The data you have surfaced and the explanations are fantastic!”

Very useful information. Thank you.”

Thanks, Anders. Very helpful indeed. ”

thanks for this infol! and thanks for developing great software.”

Thank you for your work. Very helpful. ”

First of all thanks for your very informative mails - I do enjoy them and have learned one thing or the other in almost every mail.”

I am a loyal customer, and follower of Brattoo newsletters. I always look forward to getting your updates, and I am amazed at how brilliant you and your staff are at problem solving. ”

Great email! I appreciate that you appreciate the Photos difficulties.”

You are the best!! Thanks again for what really is a public service.”

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I actually read this whole message and appreciate the time you took to write it!”

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I just finished binge reading all of your absolutely USEFUL and INFORMATIVE newsletters (all 19 parts)! What a great job you do informing your users and what a FANTASTIC job your Team does for your users.”

Thanks for your email regarding the trials and tribulations of living with iPhoto and its new mother Sierra MAC OS.”

I really appreciate the effort you put in to these messages: you answer questions that I hadn't thought to ask yet, and inject a bit of wonder back into my daily interactions with my computer.”

Just wanted to say- I enjoy your email newsletters. I get so many that I delete immediately or unsubscribe but I almost always enjoy yours and find at least one nugget of info I didn’t know.”

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Bortsett fra Apple, er vel du den som kan Photos best. Takk for kjempeflotte nyhetsbrev og uerstattelige funksjoner. ”

I am truly grateful to you for your excellent software and extremely helpful newsletter.”

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I really enjoy reading your informative and personable emails, and no, I'm not just a saddo geek who doesn't have a real life ;) but I do find your occasional emails useful and entertaining.”

I have been using Annihilator now for some time, and I have always found it very impressive that you personally write and answer all your emails. I get hundreds of emails, many from companies like yours, but yours are always so well written, with a real personal touch, that I try and make time to read them!”

Excellent informative letter. Well written. Very useful. A breath of fresh air in this impersonal world.”

Thank you for sending me this information.”

Thank you too, for the newsletters and the in-depth information you find for us about how our photographs live and change on our devices and across all their various networks: I feel the time when this was a simple thing to understand has long passed, and your messages make a huge difference to our understanding. You write clearly, concisely, and with authority, and I really appreciate the effort that you and your team put in.”

Thank you for your fantastic support of your products and especially your State of Duplicate Annihilator email series. You set an example that very few developers come close to matching. ”

Thank you, Anders. Interesting and helpful information - as always!”

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From Bogota, Colombia I just wanted to thank you for these very thoughtful news letter.”

I love your newsletters, and always learn lot from them.”

I just wanted you to know I appreciate your newsletter, especially the useful tips you provided. Your tone and writing style is a refreshing change from the typical emails I get from software developers (and other vendors).”

Thanks. Very informative and well written.”

I just wanted to email and say that I really enjoy these detailed emails you send out. I will definitely use you again in the future. Thank you Anders.”

I have always learned from your newsletters and appreciated the personal voice you give them. I encourage you to keep sharing with us.”

Thank you very much for your email I have wondered for some time about the different between All Photos and the Photo View.”

Thank you, Anders, for your informative newsletter. I have to admit that I haven’t read any of the newsletters before this one. I didn’t understand that they were full of information - and not just advertising. Now, I wish I had the previous 4 newsletters to read through and learn about Photos.”

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hi anders, GREAT informative email, thx.”

Thanks for your updates on Photos, it does help to get another perspective on the use of the program.”

Your tip on dragging to email is terrific, i was exporting to new email and then dragging…… 👍”

Thanks Anders, That information was very helpful.”

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