Mac: Expand all folders in finder list view mode

Have you ever spent the time clicking on each level in a Finder window to expand the tree below? Have you ever wish that there was a way on your Mac to expand all the subfolders below a folder? While there isn’t an option on the menu you can accomplish this by pressing and holding the Option button while you expand (click the triangle to the left of the folder) a folder. Pressing and holding the Option button as you click will expand all the folders below a folder while in list view mode.

iPhoto: Find those unnamed faces

This post marks yet another first. This is the first time that I will post something regarding Apple software. A few months ago I decided to try my luck with a Mac computer. I have not abandoned Windows or Windows development. I have broadened my horizons a bit to now include additional development. With that being said and with the quality of the Mac and great software such as Parallels my PC days are extinct.

iPhoto is a photo management software that comes with Mac OS X. One of the nice features, of which there are several, of this software is its facial recognition capabilities. One of the first things I did when I started using the new Mac was import all of my digital photos into iPhoto. As the pictures were importing, iPhoto churned as it tried to identify the faces in each photo. Once it was complete, I spent some time reviewing each photo to verify the faces that were identified. I had made corrections where necessary. Among the faces in the photos were those that iPhoto couldn't recognize; the 'unnamed' faces.

According to the documentation, iPhoto is supposed to learn from the faces that it has properly identified and any faces that are manually identified. What about the faces that it can't identify and are marked 'unnamed'? I was going through each of my photos, which was a daunting task, and seeing if there were any unnamed faces on them. With several thousand photos, this turns out to be quite a chore. Well, it was quite a chore until I recognized the Smart Albums feature of iPhoto.

Smart Albums allow you to specify photo criteria for it to be included into the album. This 'automatic' album creations saves a lot of time by dynamically creating albums for you (no more drag and drop although you can create those types of albums too). One of the criteria that you can identify is 'faces'. This makes finding those 'unnamed' faces a lot easier than scrolling one by one through each photo. Place the following condition on a smart album and all those unnamed photos will be in the album: Face is unnamed. That is it. Nice and simple. The neat thing is that after all of the unnamed faces have been identified or removed from the photos they will no longer appear in the Album.

iPhoto also allows for the tagging of a photos location (place). This is another way photos can be grouped or even better, selected from the location on a map. Just as a smart album can assist in the identification of photos that contained unnamed faces, a smart album condition can be set to display photos that do not have a location set. Place the following condition in a smart album to see the photos that do not have a location set: 'Place does not contain '. That's it. Nice and simple.

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