Eliminating Duplicate Images Using Metadata

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by El Tel, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. El Tel macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2006
    I lost my entire iPhoto Library a while back from an external hard disk (don't ask) but managed to recover all the image files from the disk using FileSalvage.

    Thing is, this recovers ALL versions of each image (plus a lot of other iPhoto stuff that I have been able to get rid of) and each recovered image has it's own new filename. There are, of course, a LOT of duplicates....

    Fortunately, the recovered files have preserved their metadata, including the date and time at which each one was taken.

    Does anyone know of a way of identifying (and eliminating) duplicates using image metadata, specifically the time of shooting?

  2. power1001 macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    Get Duplicate Annihilator from Brattoo Propaganda Software. It was the best $8 I ever spent. It has many methods and algorithms to find duplicates in your Iphoto library. I had a mess of duplicates after importing files from various cameras and Windows PCs with backups with different names I thought was a good idea at the time. After importing into my new mac and organizing, Duplicate Annihilator was the last piece I needed to straighten out my 20K images.

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