How do I keep my folder structure in Photos Beta?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by moulevay, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. moulevay macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    I am currently testing Photos Beta Version 1.0 (208.17.0) and have not found a way to keep my folder structure that I have always used with Picasa.
    Could anybody tell me how to do it, please? Thanks in advance.
  2. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    More people will see this question if you start it in its own thread - it isn't related to iPhoto so that would be best...
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  4. moulevay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012

  5. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2011
    In the preferences untick 'Copy Items to the Photos Library'. If you decide to stick with Photos as your primary Photo organising program I would advice against this unless you have a genuine reason for keeping a referenced library.
  6. moulevay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2012
    Thank you. This is what I did and I still don't get the folders names like in Picasa. Does it mean it's not possible to import them?
  7. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    You probably didn't "get" folders because Picasa doesn't make folders; it shows you the folders you have in the Mac filesystem. It's a browser. Like the Finder.

    Photos, however, isn't. It imports files, and as noted above, by default it copies all photos on import into its own hidden folder structure. It then displays photos in albums, which do not have any necessary relation to folders in its library or in the Finder.

    But if you turn off the "copy" button in Photos prefs, you can create a referenced library, instead of a managed one. Instead of copying, Photos stores a reference to a file somewhere, like in your Pictures folder. Sorta like using aliases.

    So, if Picasa is showing a folder structure you already see in the Finder, and you want the pictures to remain there and be referenced by Photos, choose this option and turn "copy" off.

    But then you are left with how Photos displays those referenced photos. It doesn't necessarily have to import them into an album that corresponds to a folder; you'd have to set it up to import folder "Mom's birthday" into say an album called "Mom's birthday." Subsequently you could add and subtract from the album, but it wouldn't necessarily change where those images were in folders in the Finder.

    BTW, if you want to use iCloud Photo Library, you are gonna have to use the "copy" option; referencing won't work.

    If this sounds like a mess, you might be better off using another product, like Picasa or Graphic Converter or Lyn (all browser photos), or AfterShot Pro, which can either browse or import.

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