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PhotoSweeper helps quickly and efficiently eliminate similar or duplicate photos. Photos are compared regardless of their sizes or formats, and grouped by similarity. It works with photos from iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom libraries, as well as photos from your Mac.
  • "PhotoSweeper is a simple and efficient utility for organizing photos. 4.5/5" Macworld
  • "PhotoSweeper packs a powerful punch in de-cluttering any size collection. 9/10" Mac.AppStorm
  • "If you are a fan of the Mac OS X Lion design, PhotoSweeper will integrate perfectly in your suite of "must have" apps. 5/5" Softpedia
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What's New

Version 1.9.7:
  • Support of DNG format images (Digital Negative by Adobe). DNG has been widely used by Lightroom, Photoshop and other Adobe products users for storing images.
  • "Lock photos". Locked photos are used for comparison but can't be marked for removal.
  • Search of photos in the app browser - the filter panel with up to 30 criteria. These include: item location, dates, file more...


OS X 10.6.6 or later

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LuukLuuk Member IconReview+11

Intuitive program, responsive developer. Good application with the right balance of power and control over the photo library. To much of an automated process of cleaning up is tricky, but this application gives enough feedback of the process without you having to click to many buttons.

Especially usefull are the levels of autoselect criteria. You could, for example, load a couple of events from an Aperture library and load some folders from Finder. In the settings menu, you can choose if photo's from a library (like Aperture) or plain files are prioritized. That way, I was able to delete some 'duplicates of duplicates of duplicates' nasty Windows-era backups :)

I highly recommend this app for your cleanup.

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Version 1.9.6
Alec124c41 Member IconReview+3

This is exactly what I was looking for. Instead of matchong duplicate numbers from different cameras, it actually matches images. Load folders, click "Compare," and the hard work is done.

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Version 1.9.5
Gary30 Member IconReview+193

I had been using Google's Image Search to find better versions of photos and to discover names of the photographers etc. for pictures on the Internet since Image Search was announced. It really seemed magical to me when I discovered it and I wished I could submit the many photos I collect and take to scan for duplicates based on image content. Frankly, I thought it would require a shocking amount of processing power and did not imagine a desktop app could pull this off. However, PhotoSweeper does just that.

Usage is silly simple. Just drop a folder into the app's work space, hit compare and evaluate the results. The app will find cropped versions, color manipulated versions etc. for comparison. You can use a slider to make the comparisons more or less picky. And the app can select projects or folders in your iPhoto or Aperture libraries (Lightroom too, but I don't use it) as well.

Once you mark the photos you want to move or remove, just hit the button and the work is done. Databases in the applications are updated reliably as far as I can tell. I have a 50,000 pix library in Aperture and am always careful and nervous when I do something to it on a large scale. Obviously, backup is the word of the day.

The app will sometimes disagree with me on which photo to keep, but I can understand it. For example, I will tend to keep a slightly smaller image if it is less compressed. Using certain combinations of settings PhotoSweeper will keep the larger one. Either way, you can decide to unmark photos or to mark them manually and the settings allow you to control for the elements of photos that are most important to you.

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Version 1.9.3
Dlwhite Member IconComment+153

I don't need to find duplicates... I'm just looking for a fast photo-reviewing app for large photo shoots. I used to use Photon, but it's no longer in development. With some tweaking, I think this program could fit the bill. Is anyone using it for that purpose?

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Version 1.9.2
WisdomL0RD Member IconReview+30

The best for keeping your photos lib clean.
Great GUI and very easy to use.

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Version 1.9.2
Schmiegel Member IconReview+31

This is the way to go if you want to get serious with cleaning your image library. First Google search made me trying PixCompare 3 but the tiny preview and dodgy search algorithms make it a hell, if you don't want to lose a single picture (it's free, so I will not complain). If you messed up your library the options and the fullscreen view of Photosweeper are spectacular (it will be even more if there is a "grey theme" sometime).

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Version 1.9.1
Skeller Member IconReview+16

just bought it yesterday from the Mac App Store and I'm fully satisfied.

Only one thing missing: can't call Services from a selected Image.

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Version 1.9.1
JSteel Member IconReview+4

I've been using PhotoSweeper on my various image libraries, and it has performed brilliantly so far (although I haven't tried it on my Lightroom library yet, I don't anticipate any problems). The fact that it can identify duplicate or similar images despite cropping and color corrections is fantastic. And it even keeps track of the images you have loaded in between sessions if you want, which can be a significant time-saver if you have to cut an editing session short (say, to sleep) and need to pick it back up later without having to re-scan. Highly recommended!

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Version 1.8.2
Cgc Member IconReview+511

I tried the demo and it worked fine on a library of my photos so I tried opening my Aperture library and PhotoSweeper crashed. I contacted the developer who emailed me a fixed copy within an hour which worked perfectly. I ran PhotoSweeper a half dozen times on my Aperture library with increasingly loose rules and it worked perfectly. I used Auto Put which automatically select duplicates and it was perfect. Great app for a great price and with great support.

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Version 1.8.1
Jumbobob Member IconReview+68

Love this app.

I could find many similar pictures on my HD. It can find many pictures with no problem.

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Version 1.4.1
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Version 1.9.7
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Version 1.9.2
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Version 1.8.2
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Version 1.7.0
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Version 1.5.0
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Version 1.1.0
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Version 1.1.0
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License Demo
Date 18 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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