Hazel is a wonderful app for Mac owners to keep handy.
I’m sure I’ve written about it before, but this morning it moved more than 500 potential duplicate photos for me in a trice. How handy is that?
The problem was that I’m moving all my photos from Aperture to Apple’s own Photos app. While Photos picked up all my iCloud photos, I have thousands more that are only in Aperture, either embedded in Aperture’s database or filed in folders by year. For various reasons I started with my 2012 folder and noticed numerous photos whose filename included
(1), suggesting it’s a duplicate. A visual check suggested that was in fact the case.
I don’t want to just delete those photos, in case I’m wrong, but I also don’t necessarily want to import them to Photos. Instead of painfully looking through the list and dragging individual photos to a new folder (or spending hours looking up a Terminal instruction) I set up a simple rule in Hazel to apply to the 2012 folder:
If the filename contains ( then move the file to a folder called potential duplicates.
A click, and a moment later System Notifications advised me that 548 items had been moved.