I just about want to kill iPhoto even though it's my favorite app. if it works correctly. It worked correctly and fast with 8,000 photos on my 12" PB until about five months ago. Since then, it has slowed the entire system down when it runs and it just beachballs every few minutes when it's open. I've tried most everything: I upgraded to a 17" Powerbook which is faster and has more memory. I got iLife '05 hoping it would make a difference. Nope. I got Tiger- no difference in speed or performance. I reinstalled each photo one by one and after 2,000 it started the same problems. So I've now stopped with just 6,000 in my library. I reinstalled Tiger creating a "previous system" folder. No change. (I really don't want to have to start completely fresh on my system) I deleted iPhoto and reinstalled it from the disc. It's the same as before and now I've lost the albums in my folders (any idea how I can get them back, please!?). I've made the background black and turned off shadows. It's slow when it's running alone with no other apps. open. I really don't know what to do. I've run out of ideas. Please help. Also, one other note. The PhoneBook widget won't run at all on my user account. I've tried deleting preferences, reinstalling the widget, etc. It just comes up with a warning message any time I try to use it. Any help would be appreciated.