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Toss the into one big folder
and let iPhoto organize them for you.
Using a thumbdrive, copy all your pictures from your PC to the Pictures folder on your mac.
Open iPhoto and allow it to import all those picture into its database.
If you do it one folder at time, you will be able to import them and arrange them at the same time.
Many thanks for the reply, but what I really want to do is to keep the photos organized in separate folders on the Mac. I don't want to toss them into one big folder. I prefer to have them organized into separate folders. Is there a way to do that with iPhoto? And when importing new photos from my camera, is there a way to "tell" iPhoto which folder I want to import the new photos into?
will organize your pictures into albums (folders) regardless of where they are stored on your Mac. It will be you who decides what pictures belong in what album (Folder) inside of iPhoto
I'm not sure what you think the advantage of storing your pictures in different folders may be, but once your pictures are in the iPhoto database, you can organize them in any way that you see fit.
iPhoto uses something called Events to arrange pictures, along with Smart Albums and manually populated albums.
Creating albums, call them folders if you want, you can move any newly imported pictures into whatever album you desire.
Rather like a regular book library, iPhoto stores ALL of your pictures in one library which is then divided into events and albums.
If you really feel the need to keep your pictures separated into separate folders outside of iPhoto, then you can continue to do so, it makes no difference to iPhoto.
From within iPhoto, you can email the pictures, edit them, send them off to flickr, print them and easily find them using the search function.
iPhoto also has facial recognition software which is a neat thing.
As to your last question, when you import from your camera into iPhoto, there is no way to tell iPhoto that you want something to be in a certain folder. It displays your last import and then you just select them and drag them to their relevant albums.
Just out of curiosity, what advantage do you see in having you pictures in separate folders?
Thank you for that additional info
I guess the reason I wish to maintain them in folders is because I may want to move them someday back to a PC organized into separate folders. In other words, I don't want to throw them all into one giant folder on the Mac and lose control of how they are organized. I understand that iPhoto will organize them within the iPhoto app into events, albums, etc. but maybe I won't be using iPhoto the rest of my life to organize my photos. Thus, I want to maintain a way to keep them organized that is independent of iPhoto and will work across a variety of devices and applications, not just iPhoto on a Mac. I have probably north of 12,000 photos organized into about 35 folders and it would take me probably 40 hours to reorganize them "from scratch" if they were to be tossed into one giant folder.
May be 40 minutes
Move a single folder into the Pictures folder on the Mac.
Open iPhoto and "Import to Library", choosing that folder as the source
Create an Album, "Select All" from the last import and drag them to the Album
Repeat until done.
12,000 is a fair number but not so large or unusual a collection.
Sounds like that may work well for me
I will give that a try. Thanks.
move photos with descriptions from pc to MacAir
I'm hoping Mr Macfixit can help me. I have a new MacAir (bought June 2013) and transferred photos from my PC. Imagine my surprise to find the descriptions did not transfer. There is probably a work around, but I've been unable to find it. Any ideas would you may suggest would be hugely appreciated.
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I recently made a collection of digital photos for friends on my windows pc, and put them in the mail on cds. One friend has an old Mac and can't open the pictures. Any suggestions? I don't want to send a thumb drive, and there are too many pictures for email.
What file type do those pictures have?
A jpg-file surely can be opened on an Apple.
And what happens if he tries to open them? Your mentioning of the possibility to use another medium (thumb drive, email) suggests that it's a just a bad cd or a bad drive.
You might want to define older mac too,
JPG/JPEG files can be opened on any Mac, old or not.
Her Mac doesn't like my cd
My friend says she inserts my cd-r and it spits it back out in 15 seconds. All the other cd's I sent to friends went to windows computers and they worked. Is it the format of the cd, or should I just make another one with jpeg pictures?
Is the CD burn properly finalizing the session. That's usually something that doesn't read on the mac if it's left open for later appending. This is also a common symptom of cds burned with packet-writing.
and as an FYI, the Mac, even older ones, have always been able to read a CD produced on a Windows machine.
more on the cd in the mac
Thanks people. I'm relieved to hear I don't need to buy any special software. I will make another cd for her and close the session. Hopefully this does the trick!
Let us know the result
will tell you later
I have to make a new cd for my friend and see if she can open it. I will tell you if it works!