Recreate Everpix’s Flashback With Automator, Dropbox and iCal

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It seems like people really miss Everpix’s great Flashback feature. I have spent far too many hours over the past few days trying to find a way to replace it, but Thomas Verschoren went one better, and rolled his own Flashback. It relies on your photos being stored in Dropbox, and requires you to set an Automator action to run automatically every day using iCal, but it’s pretty simple as Thomas provides all the pieces for you.

His script checks in his Dropbox photo folders for any pictures taken on this day a year ago, two years ago an so on, back to 20 years (I guess these pictures will have been taken on a pretty crappy digital camera). It then copies these images to a new folder named _Flashback, and also renames the files Flashback ## YYYY.

Because Thomas uses the Unbound iPad app to browse pictures in his Dropbox, this folder shows up at the beginning of the list thanks to the underscore at the beginning.

I like it, although it does mean that you’ll need to leave your Mac on to run the script. And I wonder if it might be possible to do something with symbolic links so that he photos aren’t actually duplicated every time.

I’ve settled on Flickr as a place to keep my photos, and a couple of other services to let me browse and play around with them. But I’m still looking for a good alternative to Flashback.

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  • AndersL

    Or. check out Timehop. It does a great job doing flashbacks with not only pics but also tweets, fb posts, instagram and many more..

  • Falafelhead

    Came here to say EXACTLY what @AndersL said. I’ve found the TimeHop app to be an awesome replacement for Flashback. Pulls up photos, tweets, and all sorts of stuff from my past.

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