iPhoto question...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chuchichan2524, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. chuchichan2524 macrumors regular

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    I like iPhoto, but am a little skeptical of using it. My main concern is that it seems to create a second image in the "iPhoto library". For example, if I have a .jpg file in a folder on my hard drive and I import it into iPhoto, it seems that in addition to that (say 2mb) image being in my photos folder it will then create a 2mb file in the iPhoto library. It also seems to create a thumbnail file image too. That I can actually understand.

    Is there a way to set iPhoto not to create this file? It seems like a waste of hard drive space.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    No.

    iPhoto maintains it's library of pictures. The intention is that use let it worry about where the picture is and don't store pictures on your hard-drive outside of iPhoto.
     
  3. kerpow macrumors 6502

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    Its odd that iTunes allows you to move your library to another location yet iPhoto doesn't.

    Whilst it might seem a little annoying to have to delete the original after its been imported (though you could probably set up a workflow in Automator to do this) it does make sense to have a centralised store for photos. I just connect my camera to my Mac and import them directly into iPhoto. It even deletes the originals off my camera nce its completed.
     
  4. Mhaddy macrumors 6502

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    ^^^ Ditto. I just moved my iPhoto library to my external HDD and whenever I import pictures in from my cameras, they are copied in the proper places and deleted from the flash memory. Very convenient :).
     
  5. kerpow macrumors 6502

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    Huh, I didn't know you could move the library. I just Googled it and found out how.

    http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/mac911/2004/02/000067/index.php

    My library is only 2gb so no big deal but I've just bought a new Kodak V530 (looks awesome, can't wait to use it) so it may start growing quite quickly.
     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    You could also just use iPhotoBuddy http://www.nofences.net/iphotoBuddy/ to manage a couple of libraries. e.g. have your most recent/favorite photos on an internal drive and a larger library on an external drive.

    B
     
  7. enckwanzer macrumors member

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    Yup -- iPhotoBuddy is pretty great. The hard part is deciding which photos to keep on your local drive. Picking and choosing from my 10,000+ library is a challenge, but quickly becoming necessary.
     

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