Jonathan Stewart
12 December, 2014
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Link to: Snapselect




OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

Age Rating:  4+


Available on the App Store Buy
App Guide

We all have large photo libraries and, while many are choosing to store their precious family pictures in the cloud, online options can be limited and costly as libraries expand. An even bigger headache than deciding where to store them can be finding and sorting our ever-increasing collections.

Macphun is taking on the headache with its new app, Snapselect for the Mac. The $18.99 app aims to save you time and disk space, while improving your photo management. And it does so in a simple, easy to navigate style that anyone can use.

To begin with Snapselect, you can either drag files and folders into the app or import libraries from Adobe Lightroom, Aperture or iPhoto. Snapselect will then scan your selections, create small thumbnails and differentiate any duplicates or similar images.


All of the similar photos are pulled together into a ‘Similars View’ tab for easy sorting, under adjustable guidelines. For example, if you would like Snapselect to only consider images that look identical to be grouped together, you can alter the settings to the highest accuracy option, but if you would like images that were taken at a similar time and at a similar location, you can select a lower accuracy.

After you double-click on a group of similar images and have browsed through the options presented, you can then choose to ‘star’ the images you would like to keep and remove those that do not suit your tastebuds to the ‘Rejects View’. All of the winners move to the ‘Picks View’ and from there they can be easily moved into a folder on your Mac, an external hard drive or even online to a number of social networks.


Macphun Snapselect 2

For those images that didn’t make the grade, you can export them to a different folder on your Mac or trash them completely to save disk space. If any second thoughts start creeping in, you can give any images a lifeline by restoring them from the ‘Rejects View’.

Bottom line

Macphun’s Snapselect does exactly what it says on the tin. If you have disk space issues and a sizeable photo library – either scattered throughout your Mac or interrupted by duplicates and unwanted images – or simply a large library in need of a cleanout, Snapselect is an easy-to-use utility that will get you on your way. Just be wary that large libraries will take time to load and sort. 

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