When we are talking about digital photos, we are usually talking about them because of an overloaded phone, a pile of SD cards/CDs/Hard Drives/computers…you get the idea. It’s all about the overwhelming quantity. Taking and viewing them are free so we have become accustomed to snapping a few each time we want to capture a moment in time to remember later. It seems like a good idea at the time, we want a good image, best to take a few and discard the ones we don’t want later.
Trouble is, many of us never go back and discard the ones we don’t want.
After awhile, we realize we have as many photos we DON’T want as the number we do want. To make matters worse, we can’t find the ones we want because all the duplicates are cluttering our devices, making it impossible to see a single event.
Last year at Photo Gym, we went on a quest to find a free deduplication tool that is easy to use and would help people find duplicates and delete them. There are a few and we spent a little time with the ones we liked best, evaluating each of them. After awhile, the one that stood out from the crowd for our purposes (and I think yours) is called Visipics.
Why we love it:
Aside from being free, which is a great reason to love it all on it’s own, it is also terrifically efficient at identifying duplicates. You can choose to find only exact duplicates or photos that are somewhat similar – which is great when you have taken twenty photos of your grandchild blowing bubbles in the back yard. It will actually find photos that are visually similar based on similar composition so you can choose to keep the one you want and discard the ones you don’t. It also gives you an option to auto-select the photos to keep based on higher resolution, space-saving filetype, smaller filesize or all of the above. Or, you can choose which to keep manually. It will let you choose to move your duplicates to a different folder (if you just want to be absolutely sure you really want to to discard them…one last time before they are gone forever) or simply delete them if you’re sure they can go. Finally, it’s fast and we find it easy to use and understand. If this sounds like something you could use, download it and give it a try!
Remember to back up before you work with your photo collection and you have nothing to lose.
Deduplicating your photos makes everything so much easier when you are taking on the task of getting a disorganized collection under control. If you need help getting started, email us to Schedule a Personal Training session to find out how to do it yourself or let us do it for you!