A RAW Look at iPhoto 5
Subject:   Custom Folder Names, Audio in JPGs?
Date:   2005-01-21 07:57:33
From:   KeeHinckley
"And if you drag a folder of images into iPhoto 5, the app uses the name of the folder for the roll name."

The old iPhoto would do this, but only if you dragged the folder to an empty spot in the Roll column, and only if you dragged just one folder.

To me the biggest gain is the ability to import movies. Up to now I've been using my own script to copy photos (it divides them into folders and prompts me for new meta-information everytime there is more than half an hour between two photos) and indexing with Portfolio. Without movie support I'd end up with some camera content in iPhoto, and some stored elsewhere. It made no sense.

But does it support audio clips embedded in stills? (I suppose I'll find out soon enough, my copy is due to show up at the door on Monday.)

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: Custom Folder Names, Audio in JPGs?
    2005-01-21 08:45:16  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I agree with you that the movie import function is a big deal in this version. And I think we'll see some refinement from Apple that will make it even better.

    From my testing, you can store audio too, as long as there's a video track associated with it. There's more detail about this further down in the talkbacks. It's easy to do, and even kind of fun, to add a Photo-Jpeg track to your audio and have iPhoto catalog it for you. Time to fire up AppleScript!
    • RE: Custom Folder Names, Audio in JPGs?
      2005-01-21 12:56:27  KeeHinckley [View]

      Well, I haven't played with audio yet, but I did play with importing folders, and for the life of me I can't get it to work. The help file claims it will create the folder name, and if there are sub-folders, it will create those. There appears to be no other way to create sub-folders other than by importing (am I missing a UI feature somewhere)?

      So I took my "2005" folder, which contains a single folder "01-06 - Winchester, MA - Snowman". Dragged and dropped it on the Library folder (and anywhere else I could think of). I get a temporary folder while it's importing, and then poof, the last sub-folder imported ends up in "Last Roll" and no new folders are created. Very strange.

      Has anyone had any luck creating custom folder names, let alone hierarchical ones?

      One nice thing (maybe this was in 4, but I don't remember it). If you delete everything in Last Roll (Command-Option-Delete) it promptly displays the previous Last Roll.