I have a "MyPictures" folder in which I keep my photos. I do not want iPhoto to manage my photos for me by copying them into its "Library", I just want to use the program "pointing" to the "MyPictures" folder. As I take photographs, I add them to the "MyPictures" folder; every now and then I'd like to update my iPhoto library "adding" the new photos just by "reimporting" the "MyPictures" folder.
Whenever I do that, iPhoto re-imports the whole set of photographs, unable to detect obvious duplicates.
Could you kindly help me fix this, please?
- Operating system: Snow Leopard (10.6.8)
- Application version: iPhoto '11
- iPhoto library location:
$USER/My/Application_Data/iPhoto, same problem when using defaults
- Home folder: uses FileVault, same problem when switching it off
- Importing (Copy items to iPhoto library): No, but also tried saying yes to that
- Look up Places: Automatically, but tried many times to switch this off to no avail
- Repairing library database
- Rebuilding small thumbnails
- Rebuilding all thumbnails
- Recovering orphaned photos
- Repairing library permissions
I am at a loss as to what to try next.
It seems like iPhoto itself "adds some data" to the photographs so that it does not recognise the original as such anymore. Whatever the cause, it is very frustrating for the app not to know it has already "seen" that photo and to re-import it every time.