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pictures feature

Post by errolloving » Sat May 12, 2012 8:57 am

What is the exact function of "Pictures" in finder---seems to me--(what do I know) it just duplicates the library feature of iPhoto??

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Re: pictures feature

Post by Ray Bentsen » Sat May 12, 2012 9:37 am

A user's Pictures Folder does, in fact, contain the iPhoto Library folder. That folder contains all the files used by iPhoto, including all original unedited photos and thumbnail versions of all photos.

iPhoto can then access those files to provide the structure, and organization you see in iPhoto ... for purposes of viewing, editing, as well as creating slideshows, albums, calendars, cards, etc.

I also use the Pictures Folder to store graphic files that are not photos, such as logos, screenshots, scans, etc. (see screenshot)

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Re: pictures feature

Post by rickj » Sat May 12, 2012 9:38 am

errolloving wrote:What is the exact function of "Pictures" in finder---seems to me--(what do I know) it just duplicates the library feature of iPhoto??
If you're taking about the item in the Finder sidebar, it doesn't duplicate anything. Pictures is the folder where iPhoto stores its library.

The items under Favorites in the Finder sidebar are not commands. They are pointers (or aliases) to folders or other locations that you are likely to visit often. Clicking on Pictures just opens the Pictures folder. It saves you the trouble of having to navigate the path /Users/YOUR NAME/Pictures.

And Pictures isn't just for the iPhoto library. Any software can store files there if it makes sense to. I have some scanner software that stores it's images there.

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Re: pictures feature

Post by Stephen Hart » Sat May 12, 2012 6:33 pm

As Rick notes, Pictures is merely a default folder with a special icon.
Aperture and iPhoto store their libraries there by default, but otherwise you can treat it like any other folder.
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