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How to find photos with no generated preview? #1
Tym Altman's picture
by Tym Altman
March 9, 2010 - 7:24pm

I’ve read all info on maintaining previews, generating them, etc. I do that in my library depending on what I’m working on, and where I am in my workflow. Eventually when I have an album full of edited versions I will close all my stacks and generate a preview for the stack picks in the album. This way i can share the images with iLife and sync them to my iPhone. But sometimes I’m working on so many images that I forget to generate some previews for my picks, or worse yet I generate them for my non-picks.

I’m looking for a way to find all images that have previews and all that don’t, so I can make the corrections. There doesn’t seem to be a way to query for that and make a smart album. For such an important feature, I’m amazed there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to manage this.

Anybody have any tricks in this regard?

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by PhotoJoseph
March 10, 2010 - 1:38am

Tym,

It appears that you’re correct. I can’t find any metadata indication if a Preview exists or not.

As far as managing that, I suppose the only recommendation I’d have is if you’re not sure if you have all the ones you need, to of course just select and choose update previews—it will only updated the needed ones. If you wanted to be sure you had no extras, you could select all the selects, then inverse selection, then delete previews. Or just delete all previews, select your selects, and generate previews.

let us know if you come up with something better!

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by Tym Altman
March 11, 2010 - 7:02pm

Hi Joseph,

thanks for your reply. Yes, that’s the way I’ve been doing it, and it works, but can be a little tedious and since a manual process I still make mistakes occasionally. I was hoping there would be a more automatic way.

I guess i’ll send off a feature request to Apple.

tym

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by PhotoJoseph
March 11, 2010 - 7:24pm

Tym,

Definitely do send your request. The more they hear it, the more likely they are to put it in!

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