Duplicate Annihilator - Aperture Edition
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Eliminate duplicate files in Aperture.   Shareware ($7.95)
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Duplicate Annihilator - Aperture Edition takes on the time consuming task comparing the Master images in your Aperture 3 database using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape. When a duplicate is found the versions of that master be marked with a keyword of your choice to make it easy to locate and delete.
What's New
Version 1.9.1:
  • Minor fixes
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • OS X 10.4 or later
  • Aperture 3.0 or later



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Bigdave56 commented on 17 Jun 2013
Why is it listed as "Intel/PPC" when Aperture is, and always has been, Intel-only? Just askin'...
[Version 1.6.0]

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Brattoo Propaganda Software replied on 17 Jun 2013
Because the application it self, regardless of Aperture can be run on both Intel an PPC.
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Rezstudios reviewed on 06 Jul 2012
Great program. Saves a lot of time. Just be sure to read the instructions... I think most users would want to use the "classic mode" in most instances since that checks for exact file duplicates.
[Version 1.4.1]


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Chering reviewed on 16 Feb 2012
See very helpful review of this programme on http://ishotalot.com/2010/05/duplicate-annihilator/
Confirms my own experience that this programme is near useless, if not misleading and dangerous.
[Version 1.3.1]

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Brattoo Propaganda Software replied on 24 Feb 2012
If you want to keep both the JPEG and RAW images of the same shot then run Duplicate Annihilator in Classic Mode using only the MD5 checksum detection algorithm.
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Rezstudios replied on 06 Jul 2012
Calling this program near useless is completely unfair and does a disservice to both the creator and those who might benefit from this program. I've used this program without any problems. I think it's terrific! If you read the instructions, it is clear that the "classic mode" is more strict in filtering and tagging than the "magic mode." The program has saved me weeks of sorting huge 300GB+ Aperture libraries accumulated over the years. I think the only valid gripe you might have is that the "classic mode" should be the default, since it is most strict. Also, it helps to read the directions so you have a clear understanding of the best way to tag both duplicates and originals so you can eliminate the duplicates more easily after the program does its work. Again, maybe if these settings were set as the default, you would have had less of a problem.
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Chering replied on 07 Jul 2012
I did not say that this programme cannot be used with benefit. But, and this is a big "but", it has to be used in a way which avoids inherent dangers. Please study carefully the excellent and thorough review of this programme, which I refered to, at http://ishotalot.com/2010/05/duplicate-annihilator/ which states very accurately "it’s probably safe to assume that the utility has the power to blow up your aperture database if you don’t take heed." This does not mean the programme does not have potential, but it has the potential to cause major problems to your library. (It created considerable confusion in my Aperture setup, which luckily I noticed in time and could sort out before doing something which could not be reversed.) A programme which can do that is not a programme I can recommend. I take the point that careful study of the instruction might avoid problems but I would insist the developper has to make sure that dangers are much more clearly indicated or, better, eliminated. The problem is not so much what the problem cannot do,it is what it can do when you do not exactly what is safe from the perspective of the programme. (I do not like programmes with trap doors.) I would be very interested in a response by the developer to http://ishotalot.com/2010/05/duplicate-annihilator/, where the author gives a clear judgement: "Because of ... core flaws, Duplicate Annihilator is essentially useless and I can’t recommend the Aperture version to anyone in it’s current state."
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Brattoo Propaganda Software replied on 07 Jul 2012
As with any application that handles files there is a possible danger that an unwanted file is deleted. We have taken a few precautions to help our customers avoid disaster and this is:

- Documentation, read it before you let an automated tool take care of your most precious photos. As with any tool you may use that can potentially do something that you don't want it to do.

- Photos are marked by default. This mean that the found duplicates are marked, not deleted and not moved to the trash by default. This means that the customer has to actually locate the photos within Aperture, look at them ad then move them to the Aperture Trash and empty the trash before any damage has been done.

- Beta test group. When we developed Duplicate Annihilator - Aperture Edition we had a beta test group of 150 users with various experience of Aperture. The default settings in Duplicate Annihilator is based on the reviews done by that test group.

Magic Mode is used by about 99% of our customers with the desired result. If that mode dose not suite your needs then use another mode. We have chosen to give the customer a great deal of possibilities when choosing detection algorithms with all the benefits and possible dangers that comes with that but we believe in giving the customer the option to actually make that choice. Not giving the customers that choice would result in a very crippled product, although very safe.

As always when dealing with files you care of: keep a backup and be careful.
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Rezstudios replied on 07 Jul 2012
@Chering: It's interesting that you keep linking to that article/review at ishotalot regarding Duplicate Annihilator and think that it is a worthwhile review when the author is completely misleading and somewhat ignorant in calling D.A. "nearly useless." It is far from useless and many users, including myself, find it invaluable. As the creator of D.A. has pointed out here, D.A. does not delete anything--- it only tags things as you specify in its settings. However, I still disagree with the creator of D.A. as to the default settings. I understand that the beta testers may have preferred using "magic mode", but the fact remains that Aperture is aimed at a professional audience, most of whom will shoot many photos in rapid succession with subtle nuances between each photo... "magic mode" would see these as duplicates while "classic mode" would correctly identify them as different; therefore "classic mode" is just safer and should thus be the default, especially considering that many users might fail to bother to read instructions thouroghly or be as understanding of the workings of D.A. as the beta test group.
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Brattoo Propaganda Software replied on 07 Jul 2012
Thank you @Chering and @Rezstudios fro your feedback. Feedback is the very best thing a developer can get and it helps us understand our customers needs and how to improve our software.

Duplicate Annihilator - Aperture Edition was originally developed on request since one of our customers migrated from iPhoto to Aperture and needed a tool for his duplicates.

The application is still being developed and improved and if you have ideas on improvement then you are very welcome to contact us directly which will not only make new features more likely it will also help you get the product you really want.

The idea of making Classic the default mode is something we have considered and in the next major version of Duplicate Annihilator - Aperture Edition we will introduce a third mode that will be the default one and it will be named "Restrictive".
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Chering replied on 08 Jul 2012
I appreciate very much the latest response of the developer in which it seems he acknowledges inherent possible difficulties of the Aperture Edition which need re-thinking and better solutions. I have a payed licence for both, the iPhoto and the Aperture version, and I will be happy to re-asses and change my rating for the Aperture version - the problematic one in my opinion - as soon as there is a revised version. What made me turn against the Aperture version was my experience that it can create such a confusing and bewildering amount of new information that one loses confidence in and mastery over what one is doing. This can be due to lack of careful reading of the manual but it is, in my opinion, also due to a programme which does not safeguard and protect enough. (Interesting parallel: the Airbus A330 is an excellent plane, but when Air France Flight 447 crashed June 1, 2009, killing everybody on board, it became clear that something needed urgent mending. See recent reports on "confusion" in the cockpit, and the conclusion that both parties, the pilots and the plane manufacturer, have to learn their lesson. Luckily, crashing a Aperture library is less leathal, but still very frustrating.) Good luck with the mending. (I will read the "new" instructions, once they are out, very carefully.)
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Donperreault reviewed on 22 May 2010
Well worth every penny, works as advertised.
[Version 1.0.4]


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Allanmacam had trouble on 22 May 2010
All sorted now.
[Version 1.0.4]


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Allanmacam had trouble on 22 May 2010
Perhaps I am missing something, but how do you get the app to point to your Aperture library if it is not located in the default location but on an external HD? They don't even seem to show up as alternative locations.
[Version 1.0.4]



Fishface rated on 17 Feb 2013

[Version 1.4.1]



Mojorizin rated on 30 Jan 2013

[Version 1.4.1]



Billybilly rated on 03 Jun 2012

[Version 1.3.2]



Drweiniger rated on 28 Feb 2012

[Version 1.3.1]



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SandraLStokley rated on 25 Nov 2011

[Version 1.3.0]


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License:Shareware
Date:28 Dec 2013
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Duplicate Annihilator - Aperture Edition takes on the time consuming task comparing the Master images in your Aperture 3 database using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicates escape. When a duplicate is found the versions of that master be marked with a keyword of your choice to make it easy to locate and delete.


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