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Photo aggregating and purging

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by Saints Rest, May 19, 2017.

  1. Saints Rest

    Saints Rest Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Is there any program that is able to aggregate photos while automatically purging duplicates? I'd like to move all my photos to the Cloud -- and I have plenty of options for places -- but don't want to end up with hundreds of duplicates as they are imported from different sources (desktop, laptop, external drives, multiple phones, etc)? Ideally, I'd like to have one drive at my office with ALL my photos, purged, and then be able to back that drive up in one swell foop to the Cloud.

    Bonus points if this aggregating source program makes for easy file management of similar photos.

    I live in a MAC world, including iPhones, if it matters.
     
  2. kartvelo

    kartvelo Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    As long as it's being discussed... I'd love to find the same thing in a Windows environment.
     
  3. IpswichSox

    IpswichSox Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    And also in a blended environment with Windows Surfaces/laptops and iPhones.
     
  4. grantb

    grantb Couldn't get into a real school Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Google's Photos app does this. It'll use picture recognition to identify similar images and ask you which you want to keep.
     
  5. Spelunker

    Spelunker Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    It really is the best that I'm aware of. It's a pretty fantastic tool: aggregates, has light touch-up/correction tools. The searchability is impressive and useful (if a bit creepy*): e.g. I search for 'wine' and every returned photo has a glass of wine somewhere in the shot, or a wine bottle.

    (*a statement that applies to most google products).
     
  6. VTSox

    VTSox Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    Lightroom will. I think Photoshop Elements does also
     
  7. Orange Julia

    Orange Julia kittens kitttens kittens kittens Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    If you let Google Photos have at all your pics, will you lose their original size?
     
  8. canderson

    canderson Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    With original size photos you only have an allocated storage amount (15gb default Drive space iirc) and have to pay for extra space, when needed.
     
  9. Spelunker

    Spelunker Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Unless you have a Pixel: then you get unlimited full resolution backups.

    Edit: for photos/video taken with the phone, if that wasn't clear).
     

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