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State of Duplicate Annihilator

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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

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.

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. 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

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

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

Much appreciated, Anders.”

Thank you for good info!!”

hi anders, GREAT informative email, thx.”

Thanks, Anders. Very helpful indeed. ”

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

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

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

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.”

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

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

Thank you . very useful information!!”

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

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

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

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

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

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).”

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.”

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.”

Keep up the good work!”

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

Thank you. Useful info. ”

Thanks Anders, That information was very helpful.”

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.”

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

Thanks for these very useful explanations”

This e-mail was very useful.”

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

Very useful information. Thank you.”

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

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

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

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

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

Great newsletter.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Search information was very helpful. Thank you.”

Thank you for sending me this information.”

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

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks. Very informative and well written.”

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Thanks for all those clarifications.”

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

Finally got into your excellent and especially informative newsletter.”

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 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.”

Your emails are excellent. Thank you.”

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

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 very much for all the info!”

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.”

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

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