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State of Duplicate Annihilator

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State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 1

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 2

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 3

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 4

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 5

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 6

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 7

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 8

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 9

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 10

Dear friend,

My name is Anders and I’m the CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software. In my last email I told you a little about the new features in Photos 2.0 and also gave you a few tips and hints. Again, we received a massive amount of positive feedback and we are so grateful. We received quite a few questions about how to add metadata to photos and if there is a way to batch change metadata such as description, keywords, places etc. Well, in this email I will address exactly that.

What is metadata and why do you need it?

Sometimes metadata is described as “data about data”, in this case data about your photos. Metadata is information such as location, description, title, rating, date and time. The metadata helps you bring order and improve the overall quality of your photo library. Especially in the digital age, when many of us have thousands and thousands of photos.

The Info Window

All this metadata is located in the Info Window which I described in my last email. Enable it with the command+I key combination or in the Window menu.

The Title

First we have the Title. The Title is not the same as the filename. By default the Title is empty, and not visible. If you set a Title you will be able to see it below the image thumbnails when you browse your library. This can be really useful if you select meaningful titles. A much requested feature is to automatically set the Title to the filename. That cannot be done in Photos automatically, but since we love our customers we developed this small (and free!) app that does just that for you. You can download it from here: https://brattoo.com/photosCopyFilenameToTitle.zip If you enjoy using the app, or have suggestions on improvement, then please let us know.

Date and Time

With today’s modern cameras the date and time is almost always correct, but sometimes you might need to set it yourself (for whatever reason). To do so, simply double click on the date in the Info Window and a new window will open. In the new window you can set the date, time and timezone of the photo. This can only be done for one photo at a time.

Ratings and Favorite

If you previously have used iPhoto or Aperture then you might be used to the star rating system. With this system you could rate images between one and five stars. In Photos that is gone and replaced with the little heart symbol called “favorite”. First I thought that I missed the possibility to rate photos, but then I came to the conclusion that I rated the photos I liked with five stars and left the other ones unrated. So, I think it kind of makes sense to just have the favorite label, at least to me.

You’ll find the small heart symbol in the upper right corner of the Info Window. Click on it to enable or disable it. If you have enabled the menu option, View->Metadata->Favorite, then you can also mark it directly in the image browser.

Description

Use the description field if you have any comments that you want to add to the photo. In Photos 2.0 you can actually change the description of many photos simultaneously which was a requested feature, which was available in both Aperture and iPhoto.

In Photos you batch change by selecting the photos you want to set the Description for and then set it in the Info Window. If the field say “Add a description” then none of the selected photos have a description. If the field says “Various descriptions” one or many of the selected photos have descriptions set that differ from each other. Now you can set the description to many photos at the same time. If you have many photos with different descriptions and you want to clear them, then you will have to first set them to a common description and after you have done that you can clear it.

Keywords

Keywords are great when organizing photos. There is a Keyword Manager in Photos but personally I prefer to simply enter them one by one in the keyword field in the Info Window. Simply enter the keyword you want and hit enter to save it. It will even show a small drop down menu with available keywords as you type.

You can batch change the keywords as well. When making a selection the keywords field will show all keywords assigned to the selected images. If the keyword text is light grey, then it is not set to all the selected photos.

Location

The location is set if your camera has a GPS built into it, like an iPhone. This way the Info Window can show a map of where the photo was taken. Pretty neat. But what if you want to change the location? You can do that in two ways. Either grab the pin on the map by the red dot and drag it where you want it. Or, click on the place description just above the map and start typing the location (street, city, place mark or country). A popup will appear that will help you get the correct location.

If you want, you may also batch change. If the photos were shot in the exact same spot and are represented by only one needle on the map then you can drag it. If there are multiple needles on the map then you can only batch change by editing the place description as described above.

Upgrades

Finally I would just like to tell you that our upgrade discount for Duplicate Annihilator for Photos is still available. For only $4.95 you can upgrade any old Duplicate Annihilator license to Duplicate Annihilator for Photos and for just one dollar ($1.00) more you can upgrade any old Duplicate Annihilator license to the Duplicate Annihilator Toolbox including a family pack! This means that you get five licenses for you and your family for all versions of Duplicate Annihilator including iPhoto, Aperture, iOS and Photos for only $5.95.

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

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

Best Regards,
Anders, CEO and Founder, Brattoo Propaganda Software

What our subscribers say

Very useful information. Thank you.”

Thanks for your newsletter! Old skool but delightfully filled with wisdom!”

Thanks, Anders. Very helpful indeed. ”

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

Thanks for the note. I found it very informative. It answered several question I was wondering about. Please continue these updates.”

These emails are great. They would also make a good video series!”

Thank you for your work. Very helpful. ”

Finally got into your excellent and especially informative newsletter.”

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.”

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

Wow! Thank you for writing a clear and concise review and status of your software update and beyond! Well done!”

Thank you . very useful information!!”

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

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

Thank you for such and informative update and reviewing previous questions especially the deleting photos.”

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

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Keep up the good work!”

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

Thank you. This was very informative. I appreciate the help.”

hi anders, GREAT informative email, thx.”

The Search information was very helpful. Thank you.”

I just want to say thank you for sending me all the updates, I appreciate it, It's a great example of good service.”

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

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

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I can't thank you enough for your programs and your news letters. They are invaluable to me.”

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.”

Thank you very much for all that information! It is very useful.”

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 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.”

Thank you for sending me this information.”

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 love your emails they are short and fascinating full of straight talking, awesome.”

This e-mail was very useful.”

Great newsletter.”

I just wanted to compliment you and your company on how you conduct business. Your letter to your users is most welcome.”

Thank you for good info!!”

Thank you for your very informative newsletters!”

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

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).”

Your emails are excellent. Thank you.”

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

Thanks Anders, That information was very helpful.”

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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.”

I appreciate the unusual quality and personal touch of your newsletters.”

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

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

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

Dear Sir, you have not idea how “happy” I am to receive your recent email.”

This letter letter was very interesting. If not too much work would you send me Parts 1 and 2, please?”

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.”

Thanks for these very useful explanations”

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

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

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Many thanks for your continued communication. You must be the most communicative CEO who ever existed and I, for one, greatly appreciate it.”

Thank you for your email and taking the time to write a few tips on using Photos. I did actually learn a few new features from your list, which are quite useful.”

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