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PostPoints tip: iPhoto's hidden compare-pictures feature

Apple's iPhoto picture editing/organizing application offers a helpful feature--a side-by-side comparison of any two photos in the same album--but you might not know it exists. In its standard mode, select two pictures, then click the Edit button at the bottom of the window. In its full-screen mode (accessible by selecting "Full Screen" from its View menu or clicking a button with two diagonal arrows in its bottom-left corner), move the cursor to the top of the screen to choose a photo from the current album, then scroll left or right to select another one. Either way, it's much easier to see which shot turned out better and which can be safely deleted. Many competing programs, unfortunately, don't offer this; your simplest comparison option in applications like Google's Picasa or Microsoft's Windows Live Photo Gallery is to create a new album, copy a couple of pictures to it and then zoom in until those shots fill the program's window.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 10, 2009; 9:54 AM ET
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