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Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

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Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

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When it comes to your digital photos, it’s good to be judgmental, because you need to set up a practical workflow that will help you easily determine which shots you want to share with others, which need work in an image editor, and which should be hidden or deleted. Judging your photos also helps you become a better photographer, as you look at each shot critically to determine what you’re doing right and wrong. To help you come up with an approach that works for you, read Chapter 5, “Judge Your Photos,” from our streamed ebook — Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” — available now on the TidBITS Web site.

In it, Jeff begins by explaining why it’s important to develop a consistent rating system that you can apply to all your photos quickly and easily, and shares why you might want to apply labels and flags in addition to star ratings. Then he focuses on different ways to cull the photos that don’t rate — if you’re ruthless, you might wonder why people don’t just delete such photos, but not everyone can quite bring themselves to delete with abandon, and Jeff offers a few different possibilities from which to choose. And since Jeff is trying hard to offer general direction while remaining aware that his particular method won’t be appropriate for everyone, if you have a rating and deletion system that works well for you, please share it in the comments!

As with Chapter 4, “Best Practices for Importing Photos,” “Chapter 3, “Choose a Photo-Management Application,” and Chapter 2, “Shoot Smarter,” this chapter is available for free, but only to TidBITS members; everyone is welcome to read Chapter 1, “A Smart Approach to Photo Management,” to see where Jeff is headed. The full ebook will be available for purchase by everyone once it’s complete.

Publishing this book in its entirety for TidBITS members as it’s being written is one of the ways we thank TidBITS members for their support. We also hope it encourages those of you who have been reading TidBITS for free for years to help us continue to bring you carefully considered, professionally written and edited articles each week (for more details, see “TidBITS Needs Your Support in 2013: Join Our Membership Program,” 17 December 2012).

 

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