iPhoto Import Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Si., Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Si. macrumors member

    May 18, 2006
    Hi all,

    I have a large numbe rof photos stored in directories, ae there any scrits or tools that will import these images into iPhoto but retin the folder structure?
  2. srf4real macrumors 68030


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    iPhoto won't save your folder info, just the pics.:( It will force you to have pics sorted by date taken/ edited until you have created iPhoto albums and folders where you want them.:( I'm not the expert, tho. mebbe there is a way...
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
    Don't know is this is exactly what you're looking for, but iPhoto 6.0 has an option under Advanced that lets you import photos into iPhoto but leave them in their original folders on your drive. So you could move your folders to your ~/Photos folder (or whereever you want them), set the preference, and then import them and it shouldn't touch the folder structure.

    What I found is that after a few weeks of using iPhoto, I never had a reason to browse thru the folders on the hard drive manually. If I wanted to email someone a pic, I find the pic in iPhoto and use the email wizard. If I wanted to update a picture to a website, I find the pic in iPhoto and drop it on the "Browse" window in the web browser and iPhoto fills in the path to the photo automatically. It's pretty cool.
  4. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    That was only the case up to and including iPhoto 5

    If you're using iPhoto 6, just go into its Preferences and tell it not to organise your Library and you can just point it at your current setup. It is slightly messier though and more likely to lead to iPhoto's structure being corrupted down the line since if you change things around in the future, iPhoto might not necessarily know about it.

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