file names in Photo

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Bolonais, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Bolonais macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2015
    When I imported the iPhoto library into Photo, I find that the new app does not show the file names of individual files. The old iPhoto does show them (file names like "Danny_birthday1" "Danny_birthday2") but on the new Photo app it says beneath each photo that there's no file name! I'd like to to see file names when I view photos. If iphoto can show them, is there any way to get the new app to do the same? Or do I have to go back to using iPhoto?
  2. rexone macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
    Lake Weyba on the sub-tropical Sunshine Coast :)
    Same question here... where are the photo/file names?
    And no I don't mean seeing them one-by-one by opening an info window.
    I need them under the images!!!

    Also the only albums are obviously the converted iPhoto ones.
    They automatically list in date order of course but you can't reverse the date order (ie newest at top) so you have to scroll to the bottom (of 1,737 albums in my case...) to get to the new ones. At least as far as I can see.
    And where will new albums go?
    Wow... on first appearances this just a joke of an app.

    But it does have better iOS integration & emojis and that's all that matters right Apple?
  3. Bolonais thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2015
    Found the following solution on Apple Support forums, worked for me like a charm. Patience required for the script to work on 1000's of photos. Didn't know how to save the automator thing in services, so I just saved it to desktop. Worked fine.

    Original link, see 2nd page

    Create an Automator action, that executes an Apple Script to change the titles to the filename, if the title is empty:

    The Apple Script:

    on run {input, parameters}
    tell application "Photos"
    set imageSel to (get selection)
    if imageSel is {} then
    error "Please select an image."
    repeat with im in imageSel
    set title to the name of im
    if not (exists (title)) then
    set the name of im to the filename of im
    end if
    end repeat
    end if
    end tell
    return input
    end run
    Launch Automator, create a new service, and drag a "Run Apple Script" action into the workflow.
    Copy and paste the text above into the "Run Apple Script" action to replace the default text in the action.

    Save this workflow with a suitable name. It will be installed in the services.

    Now launch Photos and select a few test images.
    Open the "Photos Menu > Services".
    The service should be shown in the menu - I saved my version as "filename2title".
    Select the service to let it run. When you click the selected photos again, the titles should change.
  4. gpp macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2008
    This may work and thanks for the help bolonais but we shouldn't have to do what apple should have done in the first place.batch change is also missing which should also have been carried over.if nothing else let us export pictures to iCloud that we want and titles shoul go with them and we also want have every picture in our library in the cloud.
  5. Bolonais thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2015
    I agree that Apple should have done this in the first place -- showing file names in Photo ought to be a given -- and not make people waste time trying to find a solution for their oversight.
  6. hobbbz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    Who honestly cares about the names of their photo files? What benefit does naming them give? It's just a pile photos organized by date or album.
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    What did you say your name was again?
  8. joiede macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Desperately missing Batch Change command as well

    I like to batch name several photos I take of the same thing. Batch change allowed you to select a bunch of pix and rename them-- say, Pig - appending a number to each one: pig-1, pig-2, pig-3 etc. Then I could easily search later for pig photos and bingo. I don't necessarily remember WHEN or WHERE I took the pig pix, so the Moments and Places mean often mean nothing. Furthermore, unlike my iPhone, my camera doesn't register location, and the date may be off.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The OP does, and others do. Just because its not important to you, means its unimportant to everyone.
  10. gpspad macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    I think you got to camps...

    The first camp wants to archive all their photos and control how they are setup. Have the photos named and in special directories so they have a master archive.

    The other set is just people who want access to their photos, they aren't going to rename and create special directories.

    The photo app is for the later. People that want the archive option have to look at other options.
  11. rickdollar macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2007
    I've been looking everywhere for the Batch Change option, too. Bummer.
    Being a 1.0 version, I imagine it will be added in a future update.
  12. Thor774 macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2007
    Don't hold your breath ;)

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