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Ipad photo nightmare

Posted on 2015-01-13
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hi there,

I'm still despairing on how to complete a simple photo management task on an ipad.

I want to use an ipad to browse and select photos in full-screen mode, but then to store the selected photos elsewhere (other device or non-apple cloud service)

Problem is, there seems to be no way to bulk delete photos while excluding selected photos. You have to go through every photo you DON'T want and delete them manually.

I have tried a number of 3rd party apps, and some are partially helpful. Photo Manager Pro is the closest to doing the job, but the ftp transfer process is not reliable so I have to copy the photos back to the camera roll and use another 3rd party tool to transfer them out.

Please help save my ipad from becoming a vegetable chopping board.

Thanks a million!

Related Q: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Smartphones/iOS/Q_28594861.html
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You can bulk delete photos on an iPad, but I think it's an all or nothing method. Select Albums, Edit, and then hit the black  (x) circle to delete an entire album.  

Maybe you can create an album and move the photos you want to keep there, then bulk delete the left over albums. It's still a lot of work but if the photos you want to keep are a lot less, it might not be so bad.

Hope that helps.
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by:xenium
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hi Melanie, thanks for your suggestion, but unfortunately deleting an album does not delete the photos from the camera roll. An album is just a pointer to a set of photos. It seems completely pointless to me.
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What a bummer! That's how we did it on an iPhone. Hmmm....
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Okay I think I got it.

When you open photos, navigate to the Moments screen. I had trouble finding mine because I had drilled into collections, the way I got back to Moments was to keep selecting to drill into the photos until I can see the Moments wording at the top middle of the screen.

From Moments
scroll to the group of photos you want to delete.
tap the Select button at the top right.
Now you'll see a select button next to each group.
tap select on a group you want to delete and select all the other groups you want to delete.
When don, tap on the trash icon at the bottom right, and confirm delete.

whew...I hope that works for you.
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by:xenium
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hi Melanie, thanks for taking up the challenge! Your suggestion is the best answer I could find on a previous question (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Smartphones/iOS/Q_28570751.html#a40472522) but I can't see any way to use this to EXCLUDE selected pictures. The "moments" view appears to be fixed by date and geographic variables, and there appears to be no way to split out photos i want to keep (excluding them by hand is not an option as i need to see them in full-screen to know which is which).. any ideas gratefully received, thanks!
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You're right! One work around you can try is once you've selected the  group based on date, you can deselect what you want to keep. I just tested it.

It's opposite of the use case you'd like, but I hope it gets the job done for you. I don't want you to shred your iPad, I have an affinity for them. :-)
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yes but this way is with thumbnails, i need full-screen view to do the (de)selection... the veg chopping knife is glistening... :-(
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oh , i won't shred the chopping board.. just the veg, or fruit.. apples maybe
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:-) Maybe stick to strawberries and bananas for now.
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Closing this question. Thanks for your input, Will post link if following up again.
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