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I use iPhoto to manage my pictures. Unfortunately I have many pictures from the 80s. These pictures are actually slides that I have scanned in during 2008. So my problem is that the creation date of all these pictures is set to the date when I scanned it in. Now I want to set the real date of these pictures. Unfortunately I don't know the exact date, but at least the year.

So is there any function available to only set the year field of a date without a specific date?

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Unless I can identify a more accurate date, I generally set these photos to January 1 of the appropriate year initially. Later on I may refine them: July 1 (if it's a summer scene), October 31 (Halloween costumes), etc. A keyword such as ?date will help you to identify (and refine) such pictures. –  jaberg Jan 29 '12 at 14:33
    
That would be my less-than-ideal-solution. But I would prefer if it is somehow possible to set these ?date or ? directly in the metadates of the picture. –  RoflcoptrException Jan 29 '12 at 14:35
    
You can do that. Your question specifically asked for a way to set only the year. –  jaberg Jan 29 '12 at 14:43
    
So how can I do that? –  RoflcoptrException Jan 29 '12 at 14:44
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Select the photos you want to set a date for. In the menu, select Photos > Batch Change, then select date from the dialog pop-up.

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Thanks. I already saw that, but I want to set something like unknown or ? or something similar to the day and month field and only add a real year. –  RoflcoptrException Jan 29 '12 at 14:49
    
I should have been more specific in my original comment. You can't do that, which is why I default to "Jan 1", or the nearest identifiable date, and use a keyword. Less than ideal, but it serves. –  jaberg Jan 29 '12 at 14:53
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