So, i was able to salvage about 97% of my iPhoto library from the old iBook before the HD went all ticky on me. I placed the "iPhoto Library" folder in my Pictures folder on the new iBook hoping that iPhoto would just see it upon starting and use that library. no dice. how can i get iPhoto to use that library without having to re-import all those pictures? i've done it before and its a pain the butt... iPhoto considers all the thumbnails as photos too, so you get doubles in your library and you have to go hunting for the 8k sized versions and delete them. no fun. or import folder by folder. also no fun.
help! and thanks!
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Can you be more specific? I just went through a few levels of iPhoto hell but came out the otherside with my library intact and, by necessity, much wiser about how iPhoto works with it's library.
When you say "no photos" are you referring to a specific error that iP gave you? Do you have a multi-user set-up or are you swapping in a library from another computer account witha different user name. I found that almost all of the problems I had were related to ownerships (not necessarily permissions).
The good news is that there is an easy way to take a series of nested folders (like an iP library for e.g.) and set up the ownerships properly.
This does not involve the Get Info window or the use of the "Apply to All" tool you find there (this fixes permissions but not ownerships).
Here's a quote from my post in the Apple iPhoto disucssions regarding this kludge:
Control-click on your library folder in the Pictures folder and select copy.
Then paste it into another location on the hardrive that is _not_ in your home folder. This may take a while.
Rename your original iPhoto Library folder (e.g. iPhoto Library - 1).
Now copy the copy (if you follow me) and paste it back into your Picture folder. OS X will recognize that this folder is now being created in a Home folder sub-directory and it will adjust the ownerships accordingly.
Now option-launch iPhoto adn it will prompt you to select a new library. Simply select the library that you just copied back into the Pictures folder (not the original which you renamed) and it should find all you photos.
Note this assumes that you haven't been mucking around and deleting files manually inside your library.
The best solution I have found is not to use iPhoto.
OK, I gotta ask. What's with iPhoto? Sure it has some useful features, but it seems a few exposures short of a full roll... It's starting to get really wacky and sluggish for me at around 1500 images. One'd think that I'm using my old IIci with it, not a 2x867 MDD G4 with 2Gb of RAM.
I'd LIKE to use it, but it's driving me away.
Apple could maybe fix it, eh?
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Well it depends on what you want to use it for. I never use it for retouching that's for sure (just use PhotoShop). Mainly it is just handy for importing/cataloguing/organizing. I don't even use it for printing (use the Canon s/w I got w/ my digital camera and printer, gives much better output). Certainly there are programs out there that also do other things better but, most importantly, the price is right and my wife understands it. Let's just say that it's the latter point that is most important for me and, she takes a lot of pictures.
As to performance GC, I assume that you have upgraded to iP 4 correct? Even for a modest size library like the one you describe, you will notice a big performance improvement if you upgrade from an earlier version.