PhotoSweeper
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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
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 type, rating and colors, image characteristics and camera details.
  • Other minor improvements.
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, more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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LuukLuuk reviewed on 17 Mar 2014
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.
[Version 1.9.6]


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Alec124c41 reviewed on 17 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 1.9.5]


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Gary30 reviewed on 14 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 1.9.3]


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Dlwhite commented on 03 Mar 2013
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?
[Version 1.9.2]


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WisdomL0RD reviewed on 14 Feb 2013
The best for keeping your photos lib clean.
Great GUI and very easy to use.
[Version 1.9.2]


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Schmiegel reviewed on 12 Jan 2013
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).
[Version 1.9.1]


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+13

Skeller reviewed on 10 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 1.9.1]


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JSteel reviewed on 19 Oct 2012
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!
[Version 1.8.2]


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Cgc reviewed on 29 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 1.8.1]


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Jumbobob reviewed on 18 Feb 2012
Love this app.

I could find many similar pictures on my HD. It can find many pictures with no problem.
[Version 1.4.1]


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skipping-stones rated on 30 Mar 2013

[Version 1.9.2]



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Tommy_Gun rated on 28 Mar 2013

[Version 1.9.2]



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parametr rated on 26 Oct 2012

[Version 1.8.2]



Kkam rated on 04 Aug 2012

[Version 1.7.0]



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Cjbolland rated on 04 Jul 2012

[Version 1.7.0]



+173

Pedro-Fardilha rated on 08 Mar 2012

[Version 1.5.0]



+4

Maksym Cherniaiev rated on 06 Nov 2011

[Version 1.1.0]



+7

JohnKHeath rated on 29 Oct 2011

[Version 1.1.0]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
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Date:18 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $9.99
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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
  • "The interface is a breeze to use. 9/10" MacNews
  • "I do like this app, it works really well and under the hood is written to utilize the abilities of your Mac." MacTricksAndTips
PhotoSweeper will help you if:
  • You take a series of shots of the same scene trying to get the perfect one.
  • You edit photos with applications, such PhotoShop, Pixelmator, etc., and make backups just in case.
  • You have photos scattered on external hard drives and local disks, in iPhoto, Aperture or Lightroom libraries.
  • You have a mess in your photo collection or just want to free disk space by removing junk photos.
Features:
  • Easy to find photos - Just drag and drop folders to allow PhotoSweeper to find all photos inside. Add more photos from your iPhoto, Aperture or Lightroom library via the Media window.
  • Flexible comparison settings - Use 6 different methods to find similar or duplicate photos even edited in external programs such Photoshop regardless of image size or format.
  • Fast -PhotoSweeper was developed to be extremely fast for comparing large number of photos. Using efficient caches allows you to make the next comparison much faster. You have an opportunity to regroup the results on-the-fly by changing a matching level of similarity.
  • Easy to manage photos - Review results in "Face-to-Face" or "Groups" mode. Mark photos and move them to Trash.
  • Great photo browsing - PhotoSweeper provides an up-to-date photo browser with such features as: fast loading of thumbnails, Quick Look preview, drag and drop support, showing paths, ratings, labels, etc. The "Image Info" panel shows more detailed information, including histogram and image metadata (EXIF, IPTC, etc.).
A comprehensive user manual is available in the Help menu.


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