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  1. Gagoots macrumors regular

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    OK, I am trying to get this OSX setup correct before I get the iMac next week.

    Problem:
    Want to use mac mail with different "identites".
    One for myself, one for my wife.
    This is very easy with windows, and I don't have to create different identities within windows.

    It's pretty cool that you can do this in OSX, but with Itunes & IPhoto it seems very convoluted...

    We share our music and want our music together. From what I understand...we can both put our Itunes library in the public folder, but they will always be seperate, right? Even though we DO have different tastes in music I would rather all the music be together so it will be easier to keep tabs of stuff...

    Now mind you, I have no hands on here, so maybe this is not a problem at all...

    Now for IPHOTO...we all share our family pictures now...we don't want that seperate at all!

    OK, sorry for the long post! But how do I set up m mac?

    With a seperate identity just for my wife's mail, or do I go with complete seperate identites...(because the photo & music sharing is cake??!!)

    OR...
    DO I just make 1 identity and use another e-mail program..!!

    HELP!!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Is there any problem making separate user accounts? :confused:
     
  3. Gagoots thread starter macrumors regular

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    How far did you read?
    Just kidding.

    Yes...we want our music and family pictures together.
     
  4. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    iMac, iTunes, iPhoto... not Imac, Itunes, and IPHOTO...

    and yes, it sounds like your best bet would be to set up separate user accounts. you can share music and photos across separate accounts (works just like iTunes sharing on two networked computers), so that should probably work for you.

    I really don't see any other way of doing what you want.
     
  5. Gagoots thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the CApatalIzation correction!:)

    But why do I want to SHARE when they should all just be together...
    Does that mean there are 2 copies of all of our pictures?
     
  6. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    I don't know specifically how it works with iPhoto, but with iTunes, you can set up one library on one account, and then access that same library on another; it works just like network sharing; you'll see a little "user account a's library" on the source menu on the right in iTunes, from which you can access the whole library.

    Thats the only way I know of to do what you're asking. There might be another way, so hopefully someone around here knows. Good luck.
     
  7. Gagoots thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, Plink! That doesn't seem too bad if you can see everything at once...
    If I hit randomize (or whatever it's called) will it include my wife's library too??

    Hopefully iPhoto is this easy...
     
  8. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    OK, i think i know what you want to do. I will try to lay it out for you but i might miss a step along the way so don't shoot me if i accidentally screw something up. I know this works cause this is the way i have it set up on my parents iMac at home. I have it so that there photo library and iTunes library is shared with my sisters account on the computer. That way it takes up less space.

    Basically you need to set up separate user accounts first and get everything the way you want it. But it is best if you do this stuff before adding photos or music.

    Now i will start with iPhoto cause it is easier:

    1. Start iPhoto in your account. It will create "iPhoto Library" in your pictures folder. Once iPhoto has gone through it stuff go ahead and quit
    it.
    2. Move that folder in the Users<Shared folder. Then right click on the
    folder and click on "Get info." From there go to Ownership & Permissions
    and expand all the arrows. Under details were is says Owner you need to
    click the little lock and change the ownership to "unknown." Now make
    sure you click the "Apply to enclosed items..." and click the little lock to
    close it again.
    3. Now restart iPhoto and it will ask you to create a new library or find one.
    Go ahead and direct iPhoto to the library you moved to the Users<Shared
    and all should be good.
    4. Now go to other account and start start up iPhoto. Let it go through its
    paces and shut it down.
    5. Delete the "iPhoto Library" folder and restart iPhoto. When it asks to find
    the folder on restart direct it to the one int he Users<Shared folder.

    All should be good to go from there. Each person can add and remove photos and it should work just fine.

    Now for iTunes:
    1. 1. Start iTunes in your account. It will create "iTunes" in your music
    folder. Once iTunes has gone through it stuff go ahead and quit it.
    2. Move the folder "iTunes Music" in the Music<iTunes folder to the
    Users<Shared folder. Then right click on the folder and click on "Ge
    info." From there go to Ownership & Permissions and expand all the
    arrows. Under details were is says Owner you need to click the little lock
    and change the ownership to "unknown." Now make sure you click the
    "Apply to enclosed items..." and click the little lock to close it again.
    3. Now restart iTunes and go into Preferences<Advnaced. Under "iTunes
    Music folder location" hit the change button and direct it to the "iTunes
    Music" folder you moved to the Users Shared Folder.
    4. Now go ahead and quit Tunes.
    5. Now go to back to the music folder and look in the iTunes folder to see if
    there is an "iTunes Music" folder in there. If there is go ahead and trash
    it and empty trash.
    6. Now log into the other account and start up iTunes. Go to
    Preferences<Advanced and hit the change button to change the location
    of it library. Make sure to select the on in the Users<Shared folder.
    7. Go ahead and quit iTunes.
    8. Check to see if there is an "iTunes Music" folder in the Music<iTunes
    folder and if there is go ahead and trash it. Empty the trash.

    That should work for iTunes so that both people can add and remove stuff.

    Hope that helps.
     
  9. Gagoots thread starter macrumors regular

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    Prostuff...

    THANKS!!!

    It makes sense...doing this looks like there will be no duplicate files!

    Hope this works..:D
     
  10. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    Glad i could help
     
  11. ssyba macrumors newbie

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    This makes a lot of sense to me but I cannot get it to work. A few problems:

    When I try to set permissions, I can set it to unknown, but then when i click on the lock, it changes it back to my name. Every time I start iTunes, it creates a new iTunes folder in the Name>Music directory, even though I pointed iTunes to the users>shared directory....

    I have not tried this with iPhoto, has anyone gotten this to work?
     
  12. ssyba macrumors newbie

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    another possible solution

    we have one user that is our family account.
    finder: family>music
    right click : Get Info
    Ownership & Permissions: Set the Others: to Read & Write

    Then you can see that directory from any other user account just like sharing a folder in windows (sorry, i'm a very recent convert). Then in iTunes on a seperate user, point the music directory to family>music> iTunes > iTunes Music. Then an additional step to the instructions above is that I had to go File > Add to Library and point that to the family directory as well.

    I added a few songs, and you do have to update the library of the other itunes that connect to the music library, but not a bad solution in my opinion.
     

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