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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 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

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 11

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 12

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 13

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 14

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 15

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 16

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 17

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 18

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 19

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 20

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 21

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 22

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 23

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 24

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 25

State of Duplicate Annihilator – part 26

Dear friend,

My name is Anders and I’m the CEO of Brattoo Propaganda Software. Christmas is coming up, and with that hopefully a lot of great photo opportunities. For over a decade we, at Brattoo Propaganda Software, have helped people all over the world to clean up their photo libraries, getting rid of those duplicates. Now, libraries are getting bigger and bigger and it is time to take it to the next step; organizing. We all do this or at least we try to, but in some cases it is simply too overwhelming. Creating books and albums, writing captions, assigning keywords, and sorting can be really tedious. Let’s talk about this.

What Photos can do for you

Photos is a great way to collect all your photos in one place and with iCloud you also get the possibility to backup, share and sync your photos fairly easy. Photos can help you tag people, show location based on metadata and since Photos version 2 you can even search for objects in your photos. The only problem is that we really don’t know what Photos has tagged our photos with, and that makes it hard to understand how it works and how to use it. We have thought a lot about this and came up with a solution: Photos Tagger.

Photos Tagger – unleash the inner secrets of Photos

Photos Tagger is a brand new application that we have developed and it grabs all that hidden data about your images from deep within the Photos databases and assigns it to your photos as keywords. Now all that data is available to you to work with when organizing your photos. So what kind of data is this? First we have data based on date such as month and year, then we have GPS based data such as a nearby attraction, street, city and country. Then we have all the people that have been detected in your photos. And finally we have all the items that Photos has detected such as car, tree, grass, buildings and so on. And all those keywords are in your language so in my case I get all the extracted keywords in Swedish.

So, why do we want this? Keywords are easy to add and delete from one or many photos in Photos. Keywords are synced between your devices, if you have your library in more than one place. Keywords are terrific when creating smart albums. Let’s say that I want an album with all photos of my kids, from our trip to Disney Land in Paris in 2015, to share with my parent-in-laws but not any of the other photos from the same trip. With keywords it is super easy and only few clicks away. It can be done within minutes.

I personally believe that keywords really are the key to start organizing and bring order to large albums.

You can download and try Photos Tagger from here http://brattoo.com/#photostagger.

I would love to hear your thoughts about Photos Tagger.

Smart Albums – how they work and why you want them

I know, I wrote about smart albums in a previous newsletter (https://newsletter.brattoo.com/?SoDU5#letter) but it’s worth to mention again, especially since Photos Tagger has enabled some new possibilities. So here is my updated chapter about Smart Albums.

You might have used regular Albums before when organizing your photos. A Smart Album will also help you sort and bring order to your photos but in a more automatic way. A Smart Album is an Album that populates itself based on the search conditions of the Smart Album. The changes are done live, so if you add or remove photos to/from your Library then the Smart Albums will reflect those changes. This can be extremely useful when categorizing your photos.

Create a Smart Album either by clicking on the ⊞-icon in the upper right part of the Photos application or by using the key combination Option+Command+N or by using the menu item File->New Smart Album. When you create it, you will be presented with a dialog box where you set the name of the Smart Album and add conditions that have to be met for photos to be added to the album. Next to each condition is a ⊕-icon which you click on if you want to add more conditions. If you have more than one condition, then another popup will appear (just above the conditions) asking if all conditions have to be met or just one of them.

There are plenty of conditions, so play around with them and explore. Unfortunately, many of the things that you can do with the search field (like searching for location or items in the photos) can’t be done with Smart Albums, at least not yet. With the help of Photos Tagger you can easily search for both locations and items in the photos. Don’t forget, there are a great deal of things that you can locate with Smart Albums that you can’t with the search field.

Since Smart Albums are live and automatically populated with photos, you can’t remove photos from them and at the same time keep them in the Library. However, you can delete them from both the Smart Album and from the Library by using the key combination Command+Backspace.

Do you use Smart Albums? Then please let me know how you use them.

A quick hint about keywords

When you have the Keyword Manager open in Photos (Window->Keyword Manager or Command+K) you can assign keywords using Quick Group keys which are key shortcuts to selected keywords. One of our readers, David Jenkins, has found an undocumented feature in Photos and that is that if you add the option key the Quick Group keys can be accessed and used even when the Keyword manager window is not open. Thank you David for sharing with us!

This newsletter and previous letters

Several of our readers have requested that we resend previous emails so that they could catch up on earlier tips and information. All previous emails are available online in our Newsletter section at https://newsletter.brattoo.com

The free apps section

As I have mentioned in previous letters we have received requests on how to automate some tasks in Apple Photos or tasks related to photos. Those tasks might be tedious to work out manually but are easy for us to solve. The apps include a tool to set the Photos Titles based on filename (with or without file extension), a tool to copy and apply GPS coordinates between photos and finally a utility to set the correct file dates on image files based on the photo date stored in the metadata within the image files. You’ll find all our free apps at https://free.brattoo.com.


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. I have been thinking about adding screenshots to my emails. What do you think I should do? If you have any feedback, suggestions, questions or ideas then 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

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.”

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

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

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

Thank you for your work. Very helpful. ”

I always enjoy your breezy, friendly letters and appreciate so much the way you get back on issues.”

Thanks for your excellent series of newsletters.”

I just wanted to thank you for your newsletter. It is so genuinely helpful and positive. A pleasure to read.”

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. ”

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 so much for your newsletters and your efforts to destress my life!!”

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

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

hi anders, GREAT informative email, thx.”

Thank you. Useful info. ”

Keep up the good work!”

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.”

Very useful information. Thank you.”

Thanks. Very informative and well written.”

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!”

It’s always a pleasure reading your update emails. Very few people write with such clarity and simplicity. I find myself enjoying the writing even if the subject isn’t immediately relevant.”

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. ”

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.”

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

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

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

Much appreciated, Anders.”

Thank you these are very informative newsletters!”

Thank you . very useful information!!”

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 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.”

Thanks, Anders. Very helpful indeed. ”

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

Thank you for good info!!”

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

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. ”

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

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.”

Thank you for sending me this information.”

Your emails are excellent. Thank you.”

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

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

Thanks a lot for all those informations. Very interesting and clear!”

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

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.”

This e-mail was very useful.”

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.”

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

Thanks for these very useful explanations”

Thank you Anders, for all your useful information”

Finally got into your excellent and especially informative newsletter.”

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

Love your newsletters, most informative and helpful!”

Thanks very much for all the info!”

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 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. ”

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

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

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 just wanted to say thank you for your newsletter and all your tips and hard work with the apps.”

The Search information was very helpful. Thank you.”

Great newsletter as usual!!”

Great newsletter.”

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

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

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

Thanks a lot for your highly informative newsletter.”

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

Thank you for your very informative newsletters!”

Thanks Anders, That information was very helpful.”

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

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.”

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

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

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

Thanks for all those clarifications.”

Very much appreciate the newsletter.”

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

"Donner pour recevoir" as we say in french! I like the way you give advices. I read your email up to the end.”

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

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

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

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

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