can Apple speed up iPhoto ?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Ambrose Chapel, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. Ambrose Chapel macrumors 65816

    Ambrose Chapel

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    a question for you programmers around... can apple speed up iPhoto so that it's zippy w/o needing a G5 or other high-end system? On my Ti DVI 667 it's pretty sluggish. I've heard the tip that removing drop shadows can speed it up somewhat, but I'm curious what it would take for the app to be sped up at the code level. or is the sluggishness just a function of dealing with hundreds of images? as you might tell i'm not very programming-savvy. thanks.
     
  2. iPC macrumors 6502

    iPC

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    The default view is to blame. Trying to render hundreds of small pictures takes time. The video card in your PB is not so hot...

    The best thing to improve speed in that regard is to have the default view not have icons that are thumbnails of the original picture. When importing, you have to copy the files over, create thumbnails, and then display the thumbnails (slow process by itself).

    iPhoto is not meant for doing real intensive work. The thumbnails are just wasted space (I never use them), the directory structure can be a pain, it's slow (as you noted).

    But it is free, so I guess I can't complain too much. ;)
     
  3. Ambrose Chapel thread starter macrumors 65816

    Ambrose Chapel

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    i'm really just wondering if i will see a speed increase under my current hardware..if apple can do something to speed it up...i don't think they'd change the interface and the thumbnails though. you're right in that i don't do any intensive work there, but by far it's the app where i see the SBOD the most.
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    Supposedly most applications will have improved performance under Panther.

    From what it sounds like some of what you're experiencing will be improved in Panther. However, iPhoto still has its issues with the default view and such.
     
  5. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    good thing to do is to turn off drop shadows

    not that that makes it "fast". but it helps some

    also, not that that applies to the original question. ;)
     

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