iPhoto 05 image optimization - DESPERATE!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Onkelskrue, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. Onkelskrue macrumors member

    May 25, 2005

    I have almost 900 pictures that I carefully divided up into 30 galleries. I then gave each one of them a descriptive title. A LOT of work. Now I want to used the Iphoto Export to make them into Simpleviewer galleries, but the files needs to be downsized first (as the IPhoto Export does not do that very well).

    Any thoughts on how to optimize the different images for dimentions and kb size without messing up all my galleries and my descriptive titles?

  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Why don't you export all the photos from each of your 30 galleries into 30 individual folders (a single folder for each gallery). Then use AUTOMATOR, select all the photos in one folder, and resize them. Next, select another folder and resize them. Continue doing so until all the photos in each of your 30 folders is resized to your liking.
  3. howesey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2005
    I know what you mean. I hate the fact that a 640x480 image can be 600kB in size in iPhoto, yet in Photoshop or any other software you can compress a JPEG to 70kB with good enough image quality.
  4. Onkelskrue thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2005
    Thanks Abstract - I will give that a shot. I haven't (Gasp) used the Automater yet, so this is a good reason to!

  5. Onkelskrue thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2005
    G'Day Howesey,

    Yup, I like iPhoto for its convenience, but it stops way short of the more expensive apps (go figure). The only reason why I am using iPhoto for this taks is that I am also using the iPhoto Export script to create Simpleviewer files. At some point, I hope that the script will be adapted so that one can use any app, say PS, to do the same.

  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You can do what you want but only with some effort

    I think you've answered your own question. You will need to use some software other than iPhoto it you want finer control over how the jpg is created.

    Within iPhoto you can try this.
    1) Duplicate the images.
    2) Put the duplicate is another album or "film roll" and call it XXX-downsized
    or whatever
    3) re-size all the duplicated images

    If you like the "within iPhoto" method but still want to use another program to do the actuall resizing then make that progtram the default editor and go into the editor for each photo and resize it there, This would be a lot of work but it does evrything you asked for

    I like 'Gimp". and use it as my default editor in iPhoto. It's free and has a feature set midway between Photoshop CS and Elements. www.gimp.org
    Gimp provide many options for making jpg files

    One other option:

    If you get a copy of netpbm ( http://netpbm.sourceforge.net/ ) it will be very easy to write a shell script to convert and entire directory tree of graphic files. One nice thing about netpbm is that it has been around so long, 20+ years at least that (I quote fromthe web site) "...There is no bug tracking system because there aren't enough bug reports to make it worthwhile..."

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