Gallery Doc­tor

A fix for trig­ger-happy pho­tog­ra­phers

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The bet­ter the iPhone’s cam­era, the more it gets used. And – not mean­ing to be un­kind – not ev­ery pic­ture you take is Pulitzer-wor­thy.

Gallery Doc­tor of­fers to per­form mir­a­cles: go­ing through your photo roll and au­to­mat­i­cally pick­ing out shots you should get rid of.

Scan­ning our test li­brary, com­pris­ing sev­eral years’ worth of pho­tog­ra­phy, took a while. Things were wrap­ping up ten min­utes later, so be­ing con­nected to a charger is a good idea. The scan takes in both lo­cal pho­tos and those on iCloud.

Pho­tos are split into ‘Bad’ pho­tos, ‘Sim­i­lar’ pho­tos and ‘For Re­view’. Bad was pretty ef­fec­tive at find­ing blurry shots or those with large ar­eas of shadow (likely un­der­ex­posed). Get­ting rid of bad pho­tos takes a sin­gle tap, with an info bar at the bot­tom of the screen show­ing how much space is about to be lib­er­ated.

‘Sim­i­lar’ groups images that look the same, and al­lows you to erase the whole lot or save in­di­vid­u­als. It also at­tempts to pick the best photo. There’s an ir­ri­ta­tion here – the only way to view said photo full‑screen is to tap and hold your fin­ger on the screen, thereby ob­scur­ing part of the shot.

Fi­nally, pho­tos for re­view are those Gallery Doc­tor can’t make up its mind about. This pro­duces a screen prompt­ing ir­re­sistible com­par­isons with Tin­der: swipe right to save images or left to delete.

Gallery Doc­tor works well (high­light­ing sim­i­lar pho­tos in par­tic­u­lar). We’re luke­warm over its abil­ity to de­tect bad ones, though: some are worth keep­ing de­spite their tech­ni­cal de­fi­cien­cies, so we’d tread cau­tiously with the delete all op­tion. Dave Steven­son

A clever, ef­fec­tive way of spring-clean­ing your cam­era roll – just be care­ful not to mis­tak­enly delete pho­tos you mean to keep!

Af­ter a lengthy scan process, Gallery Doc­tor rec­om­mends images for dele­tion.

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