Instant import of your camera files to your Mac. Automatically organized by year and month, and matching your SnapSifter for iOS albums.
Files are organized automatically when you connect to your Mac
Prevent duplicates from entering your collections
Photos & Videos
Images, Photos, and Videos all organized at once
Import files directly from your camera to your organized structure
Organize RAW format files in addition to standard photos
Instead of removing duplicates from your collection, why not avoid adding them in the first place?
How does it do this?
SS analyzes your input files, compares them to each other as well as all of your output files, identifies duplicates, and skips copying them.
This means you can sift the same files over and over, and only the new files will get copied. For example, if you plug in your smartphone, and sift all your files, only the new files will be added, exactly once for each output.
You have full control over the tradeoff between speed and quality of duplicate prevention; you can choose ‘best quality’, which used MD5 checksums, which will take more time, or you can choose ‘medium quality’ which does a great job, and is much faster, but is not perfect.
Out of the box, Snap Sifter imports files into the SnapSifter folder in your Pictures folder. It then groups photos by Year and Month.
For example, a photo might be in the folder ~Pictures/SnapSifter/2012/03 – March/
If you use SnapSifter for iOS, when you import your files into SnapSifter Mac, they will automatically be organized using your iOS SnapSifter albums.
For example, a photo in your ‘Crafts’ album on SnapSifter for iOS might appear in the folder ~Pictures/SnapSifter/2012/03 – March/Crafts/
Below is a list, but if a file type is not listed, that just means we have not tested it. If you want to know if a file type will work, send us an example, and we will test it for you.
Photo Formats Supported:
JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, AI, PSD, JPEG2000, XCF, BMP, ICNS, CR2, CRW, ERF, RAF, 3FR, DCR, RAW, DNG, MRW, NRW, ORF, RW2, PEF, MOS, ARW, SR2, X3F*, KDC*, PPM*, ARI*, SRF*, BAY*, CAP*, IIQ*, EIP*, DCS*, DRF*, K25*, FFF*, PTX*, R3D*, RWL*, RWZ*, SRW* and more.
Video Formats Supported:
MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, MTS, MKV, VOB, M2TS and more.
That is a photo collision.
Snap Sifter will detect these situations and automatically rename the file with an index (i.e. 00001) and copy it over.
Combined with duplicate prevention, this is really powerful – it saves you duplicates and lost photos both.
How does a filename collision happen?
- It might mean that you already copied that picture in there.
- Or it might mean that your camera filename counter has come full circle, and has gotten back to 0123 again; in which case the two photos are unique.
- Or it might mean that your iPhone and your spouse’s iPhone named two files the same thing.
Without Snap Sifter, you have to figure this out yourself, by looking at the two pictures side by side. But nobody has time for that, so you just copy it and have duplicates all over.
With Snap Sifter, Photo Collision analysis is behind you.
And it works for videos too.
Snap Sifter will always use EXIF or IPTC timestamps created by the Camera itself if they are available. If EXIF/IPTC are not available, Snap Sifter will choose either the Last Modified or Create Date from the OSX Finder attributes.
Whenever a camera is connected to your Mac, or when SnapSifter is started, it will automatically detect any cameras that are connected and import their photos in the background. When it is complete, it will notify you if any files are copied.
There is a short delay between the time that a camera is connected and when AutoSift begins.