Which app do most Mac users use to store and manage photos? Without a scientific survey, I’m comfortable saying that iPhoto is tops on the list. Even with tens of thousands of photos it’s fast, simple to use, and has enough bells and whistles for most users. What’s missing is a good way to manage photo duplicates. For that there’s Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto. This year. Maybe not next year.
What you get for free is a mature utility which scans your iPhoto library for duplicate photos and videos. It even finds duplicates that have been edited (which leaves an original). Duplicates are then displayed in a cluster so you can see which photos to delete and which photos to keep.
I found Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto to be fast and thorough, browsing through my collection of nearly 20,000 photos in barely a minute (your mileage may vary, based upon number of photos, Mac model, and CPU).
Just to make sure you don’t accidentally delete all the photos in a cluster of duplicates, Duplicate Cleaner will automatically keep one copy safe from deletion. But, you can remove all the duplicates with a single click. And, just to be sure, the photos are not really deleted, but simply moved to the Trash can so you have one last chance to delete before they’re really deleted.
Any issues of concern? Not really, and you’re not likely to find too many apps on the Mac App Store with more than 13,000 four and five star reviews.
What about next year?
Apple has a new Photos app in the works, and we don’t know whether or not the new iPhoto replacement app will include a feature to delete duplicates. Maybe shortly after the new Photos is released in 2015 we’ll have a Duplicate Cleaner for Photos available.