How does iPhoto "work"?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by redAPPLE, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    Hi guys.

    does anyone know how iPhoto "works"? i mean, does anyone know how iPhoto "databases" (is this a word?) the pictures?

    in the pictures/iphoto library folder iPhoto seems to create a random folder, and stores the pix "anywhere".

    maybe someone can point me out to a link or explain, how iPhoto "works".

  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    Actually, iPhoto creates folders based on the date the pictures were taken/imported.

    For instance, if you import pictures on October 12, they will be in iPhoto Library>2002>10>12
  3. redAPPLE thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    well, well, well...

    let me check that :D

    that would be logical, albeit confusing.

    is it just me, but i would rather have the folder named like this: "2002/10/02"

    what happens if i import photos on:

    2002 - 09 - 14

    and 2002 - 10 - 14

    would i have 2 "14" (sub)folders?

    i do not have that!! much photos to import. maybe someone could comment on this.

    thx rower.
  4. jadam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2002
    yes you would.

    and what iphoto does is take the name of that picture and put them in a file. The file contains all the info for that file, and when you make a book, that creates a new file which just links to these images blah blah blah.


    | |Size|Type|Comments|Location|
    |jpg1 |111|jpeg |Cool Picture|/photos/11/03|

    and so on, and whenever it gets that file, it plugs in that info... theres a bunch of stuff, its basically like an Excel database kind of :D

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