How to make Automator find and delete duplicate photos?

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by flyingswordfish, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I got my MacBook a few days ago, and I love it! However, when I transferred over my files, I must have accidentally brought over at least some of my photos twice. I was looking through the smart folder for "All Images" in the Finder last night (in cover flow), and I noticed that every photo seemed to be showing up twice!

    I would like to take care of this, but I have a lot of photos, so doing it manually could be a pain! How can I set up Automator to do this? I've never used Automator before, and I looked at it a little bit, but I didn't see an obvious solution.

    Thanks!
     
  2. macrumors member

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    Hopefully someone has a good answer because I've been wondering about this myself!
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anybody have advice? It seems like this should be an easy task to accomplish. Perhaps there is an alternative to Automator?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I figured out what's going on. Each photo has a thumbnail version created with it. Looking in iPhoto, I can see that some pictures have a blank square for a thumbnail, and those must be the ones I deleted. I will simply have to restore the ones I deleted, since I want the thumbnails and I have plenty of HDD space. :D
     
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    Dal123

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    It's been a year.

    It's been a year since this thread was posted and I think there must be a way of doing this. Maybe 'sort by' something like that.
    Anyone know how to delete duplicated photo's with automator?
     
  6. Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    I'm not sure about Automator, but I use a program called ViewIt that will find duplicate images. This isn't its main feature and isn't listed in their feature set, but it's there.
     

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