I need to find a replacement app for importing photos from camera cards.
Adobe Lightroom doesn’t do all of your features, and I half-way expect it to become a software rental sooner or later (like the CS suite did, bleh), but it does allow one to import images from a camera card and rename the file based on EXIF fields (I use Finder to make a folder for each month inside a folder for each year). It handles well my library of close to 100,000 images (mix of Raw, NEF, JPG, TIFF, etc.), plus with "smart collections”, I can sort images by camera model, lens, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc.
I also use Hazel to sort images into sub-folders, Hazel also has some ability to use EXIF data.
I'd known about Hazel for a while but never played with it. It has some tempting uses, unfortunately it doesn't have the oomph to do the renaming I need
I’ve been happy with Hazel, my downloads folder finally is organized, as is my Documents folder, but YRMV of course. I thought there was a discount on Hazel if one was a TidBITS member, but I must have misremembered this.
As an aside, I understand totally not wanting to be irritated by Adobe “quirks" in your off hours. I’ve heard rumors that CS6 won’t run on the next iteration of Mac OS, and that will sadden me (I’m too much a curmudgeon to agree to software rental licenses, but I’ve had a version of Photoshop on my computer since Photoshop was distributed on floppy discs. /sigh) However, Aperture is already dead, just not a rotting corpse yet, hence my move to Lightroom.
> I need to find a replacement app for importing photos from camera cards.
> For many years I've been using Ingestamatic which was sort of a poor
> man's Photo Mechanic, but the latest version is somewhat flaky on el
> cap, and I just discovered that it's been discontinued because of issues
> with sierra (possibly combined with developer fatigue).
> It's possible I'll have to bite the bullet and get Photo Mechanic
> ($150). But I hope someone here knows of another solution.
> Features of importance from most to least:
> Rename on copy
> name files based on many of the exif fields such as camera name
> or maker
> put the files into a folder tree based on date or other criteria
> (such as different trees for stills and video)
> keep the file's original index number
> copy everything to two or three different locations
I Think Hazel can do all of those, but I am not sure about the exif data. However, you can easily call the command line tool exiftool via Hazel, so…
However, since the metadata is already part of the file, it seems odd to copy it all to the file name. Maybe you need to manage your photos in a library where you can filter on all that metadata rather than mucking about with filenames?
Even in Photos I can do things like filter my photos for “Pictures I took in 2004 with a Cannon Powershot” and I know other library managers have even more advanced search tools.
> add IPTC metadata as .xml files
> always (e.g. copyright) and / or
> per batch and / or
> per image
That should be doable with some command-line-fu.
> I can live without the metadata input if I must. I'm still using
> Aperture and will possibly move to Capture One eventually, but neither
> has nearly as much file naming/organization flexibility.
> In principle, I know how to script this myself. In practice, ugh. I've
> started looking at Better Finder Rename (probably doesn't do enough) and
> Keyboard Maestro (possibly too much learning curve for this spring). Any
> other options? Or should I just groan and get Photo Mechanic?
Probably depends on why the metadata all needs to be duplicated into the filename.
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