Export Mac Photo Libraries to Synology Photos

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Export Mac Photo Libraries to Synology Photos

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I have looked for tutorials as well as threads... and no doubt it's me and my limited skill level (a 220+ Raid 1 : 4T/4T) . My laptop (MBP 2021) has 5 libraries with a total of about 200 Gb of photos and some videos. I just want to move all to Synology Photos and then be able to delete them from my Mac. If someone could point me to a Synology tutorial or YouTube that would be great. I am at the bottom of the curve with lack of prior knowledge base.... meaning I am at training wheel level.

In tried practicing by moving (LABORIOUS!) to Moments...then Photo Station.... it is a gnarled mess of seemingly neither order, rhyme not reason.
So I backed out of that and need to purge all those files.

I read a few threads on using Docker (honestly I haven't a clue what I was doing and tried to "install" a Docker "platform" (?) for photos (a program (container?) called Piwigo1) it's there now but still I am over my head... like a monkey at a piano. I am just not experienced in this but want to learn ...I'm 67... a retired math teacher so have a few marbles.

Thanks in advance for any and all constructive thoughts.
 
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You got the math covered, everything will fall into place 🙂

Check the following threads:

On how to export. See if this is helpful:

and this:

I’m sure you’ll have input from someone more knowledgeable than me too. Hang on.
 

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just want to move all to Synology Photos
Does this mean your 220+ is running DSM7? Synology Photos are still not out, officially, but after the app will be official you will be able to simply mount your Apple Photos library, export your images, and copy them to a folder on your NAS (volumeX/home/user/Photos/<your_exported_folder1>

Once you create your "albums/folders", opening the Photos app will detect the folder structure and you will be able to start working with your photos using Syno Photos app.

Again, this is for the Synology Photos app, once it becomes public and not atm in beta. Personally, I do not recommend using it atm while it is still in beta if nothing else because of the lack of support for it from Synology (until it's officially out).
 
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Thank you both for your ideas. Being a beginner I want to keep the number of variables where I can screw up as small as possible so I will stay away from 'extra' programs (sorters) ...which I'v tried as well already and either I bullock-ed that up too (I'm real good at it!), or it was inherently too complicated.

I was psyched when DSM7 was coming but shied away after the "horrors" in the reviews were broadcast. Now I realize it will probably be fine for me once it is out of Beta as I really don't have any history/prejudices from DSM6. If, Rusty, it as you say it will be that is exactly what I am looking for... a simple mount of the libraries and off I go. I don't like Apple Photos... so look forward to DSM7 ....I will wait and be patient (I hope this occurs this year).
 
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I want to keep the number of variables where I can screw up as small as possible
That's the mathematician in you speaking 🙂

But keep coming to this forum and you won't resist the temptation of trying things– a testimony to how empowering the forum has become as a magnificent resource driven by a knowledgable community.

And If you want to open the Pandora's box, keep trying Docker (the event horizon in your Synology's NAS black hole– the point of no return) 🤣
But you'll learn so much and empower your NAS with tremendous capabilities.

Since you have a 220+, you can install vDSM and play with anything you want, and if things don’t work out, remove it and reinstall again. Your main DSM won’t be affected.
 
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Thanks for the encouragement. I jumped into this because I wanted to make my information safe, easy to access from afar and have my laptop as empty as possible. I know this sounds crazy, but I live in a corner of New England on the east slopes .... we had no internet until last September. Because of where our home is we couldn't even get satellite. We live at a high elevation so got 2 bars cell In one area. I got a data plan for my truck (20 Gb)... Plugged the truck battery into a 4 amp battery tender and turned on ignition... I could get the wifi signal in the den on the iPad and screen shared to tv. That was our internet! Our town decided to finally make their own service... they were smart and ran 1 Gb fiber optic cable. "All" I had to do was dig a trench 500 feet across the pasture to the pole on the road from the house. It has been a whole new world since. Trouble is, went from 0 to full speed in a day and I have been a bit overwhelmed with setting up the house for wifi and running PoE cable. Setting up things I've been thinking about for a long time. Believe me I'v got the enthusiasm but missing a lot of the background as I've been in the 'desert' a long time.

You confirmed what I was thinking though. I belong to only two other forums. I've tried a bunch and found the people who run them to not manage the behaviors, and enforce rules of decorum. Incredibly crass mean spirited even. Some downright hostile! The other forums are not related to tech. I have learned an enormous amount from them and enjoy sharing what I know to those less aware. I am glad this forum is here so I can 'learn-up' as fast as the brain can take it. I am a hands on person and need to try something before I fully understand it.

I appreciate the patience of those who know and are willing to share their expertise. So thanks in advance.
I will jump back in to Docker. I have to learn the terminology first so I know what people are referring to.
One hesitation is not wanting to learn a bunch that will not be applicable in DSM7. I assume Docker will be there but not sure if I would have to reinstall or reconfigure what I do now.
 
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I am about to migrate from IPhone/Photos/iCloud to iPhone/NAS220+/Moments. This is my intended workflow

1) on the assumption that you are in the unboxing and not-yet-set-up phase of NAS ownership, then set-up your user account on NAS. Enable home folder
2) install moments on NAS
3) install moments app on iphone. Check "backup new photos only"
4) on MacBook, mount NAS as a drive
5) even though the photo library exists on the MacBook ignore it
6) on the MacBook, in iCloud, export all photos from iCloud. You have to choose between unmodified or modified, and I'm not sure if I can export to the mounted Nas drive (yes - step7, no - step8)
7) export to the MacBook, this will create another set of photos on top of your existing photo library so you will need space. Once copied, drag the entire folder structure to the moments folder in the mounted NAS drive. They all copy across at the speed of your local lan, and then moments will spend a few days chewing and indexing and creating thumbnails. You should be able to see them without thumbnails in your iphone moments app fairly immediately.
8) as 7 but direct the export directly to the moments folder on the mounted NAS drive

9) turn off iCloud upload/sync. Delete or backup your MacBook photo library and/or recently exported photos.


10) you will need to come up with a download-edit-save workflow on your iPhone and MacBook. On my iPhone I'm going to be using Snapseed. I haven't yet thought about my MacBook

How that all makes sense. I haven't executed yet, but please do ask or challenge any of my steps.
 
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Thanks for the step by step... That is the kind of direction that helps. I am curious though as to why you want to use Moments at this juncture if it won't be available in DSM7? I tried to do the Import to Moments from my laptop and got a million folders ... just seemed to be a convoluted mess. I will delete it all and try your steps for the practice even if I do not keep Moments latter. Thanks
 
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we had no internet until last September. Because of where our home is we couldn't even get satellite. We live at a high elevation so got 2 bars cell In one area. I got a data plan for my truck (20 Gb)... Plugged the truck battery into a 4 amp battery tender and turned on ignition... I could get the wifi signal in the den on the iPad and screen shared to tv. That was our internet! Our town decided to finally make their own service... they were smart and ran 1 Gb fiber optic cable. "All" I had to do was dig a trench 500 feet across the pasture to the pole on the road from the house. It has been a whole new world since. Trouble is, went from 0 to full speed in a day and I have been a bit overwhelmed with setting up the house for wifi and running PoE cable. Setting up things I've been thinking about for a long time. Believe me I'v got the enthusiasm but missing a lot of the background as I've been in the 'desert' a long time.
Wow! What a story.

It'll be a fascinating journey with your 220+
The things you can do with these devices is kind of limitless. I started (like most users I think) with the intentions to have a NAS to backup our laptops, but ended up running a mail server (but no more), a website, a Dropbox replacement, a media server, an ad blocker, a safe info exchange service, a projects document repository, an accounting package, video surveillance, VPN server, vDSM, off-site backup and a few other things with Docker. And I don't consider myself a heavy user (compared to some of our members here). You'll be amazed of how much you can do.

I'd suggest that you learn and cover the basics first, like securing your NAS, especially that you plan on opening it up for remote access and to get more familiar with DSM in general, then move into the realm of Docker. The resources section has a wealth of info that you might find useful.

As for how transferable docker is to 7, I'm not sure. I didn't install 7 on any of my devices. Whenever I get the itch, I go to the demo site and play with it. But it's all containers, so I assume it's easily transferable.

Welcome aboard and I'm sure you'll nail this thing in no time with all the fresh air around you 😀
We all started at zero at some point. So don't hesitate, ask, the members here are very helpful 🙂
 
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Thanks for the step by step... That is the kind of direction that helps. I am curious though as to why you want to use Moments at this juncture if it won't be available in DSM7? I tried to do the Import to Moments from my laptop and got a million folders ... just seemed to be a convoluted mess. I will delete it all and try your steps for the practice even if I do not keep Moments latter. Thanks
I want to release myself from apple's grip. Although it is true that DSM 7 in theory is released end of July, I suspect it won't be reliable or stable for at least several weeks after that, so I might as well be getting on with things now. The folder structure in moments is technical rather than fundamental. When browsing the gallery on the browser or mobile application the folder structure is invisible and I pay no attention to it (although I haven't performed the full migration yet I have been copying and pasting various albums and photos and uploading new ones from both Android and iPhone phone to see how moments deals with them). As far as I can tell the Moments folder structure is combination of source and date but for day to day use I never actually see the structure

Oh and I forgot to add I'm also a professional mathematician!
 
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10) you will need to come up with a download-edit-save workflow on your iPhone and MacBook. On my iPhone I'm going to be using Snapseed. I haven't yet thought about my MacBook
edit : this workflow created a copy of the photo in Moments and preserves meta-data (and does not override the capture date and time). Devices must have SnapSeed installed

Android phone
  • Select the photo in Moments
  • Share to Snapseed
  • Edit as required - (do not press Done)
  • Share to Moments
  • 'Upload' to 'Photo Library'

Chromebook
  • Download from Moments
  • Open in Snapseed
  • Edit
  • Export
  • Return to Moments
  • Upload
  • Find photo in Chromebook Files/Images
 

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