iPhoto '08: how do I export/get a text list of all my event names?

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  1. EspressoMac macrumors newbie

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    I'm using iPhoto '08 and I'd like to export or create a text list of all the event names in my library. I have about 380 event names and I'd like to keep a running history of the events I have. I tried things like iPhoto Library Manager but it doesn't seem to do what I need. Any ideas?
     
  2. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm you could use terminal and pipe the output to a file.

    If you open up a Terminal window and type 'cd ~/Pictures' to get to your Pictures directory, then 'cd "iPhoto Library"' and then cd 'data', you can do a directory listing something along the lines of 'ls -R'. If you want to output this into a file then try something like 'ls -R > ~/photos.txt'. I realise this will list every single photo, but if you work on it I'm sure you'll get the output you want.
     
  3. EspressoMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I thought of something similar using a file/directory utility, but I'm thinking a directory listing will be my Plan B. Basically the event listings in the iPhoto library contains duplicates if you've modified any of the photos have been modified, which is the case here.

    I'm looking for something quick and easy, but maybe there isn't that option. Once again, thanks for the input.
     
  4. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think that what you're saying is right. There is a separate directory for original photos and for modified photos within the iPhoto library. If you do a directory listing of the 'Originals' directory then there shouldn't be any dupes. Also, I think the 'data' folder only has one copy too.
     
  5. EspressoMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, if I pick only the Data directory, there won't be any dupes, but there would be if I pick the iPhoto library as a whole. At any rate, what I'm doing is I'm going to the Data directory and there are a number of folders for each year. I click on the year and "Select All". That selects all the folders (events) for that year. Then I just paste into Excel. I do that for each year and obtain my long list of events in Excel. Then I just sort by name.

    It ain't pretty, but I guess for now it's quick enough. At some point I'll find a a better way....

    espressomac
     

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