Can iPhoto organize like iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by millerrh, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. millerrh macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    You know how iTunes let's you either organize your songs your own way and then import them to iTunes from your folders -OR- you can let iTunes organize and file away your songs the way it wants to?

    Is there any way to make iPhoto reference folders that you organize yourself or is there another photo viewing application that does allow you to do this easily? Seems like if you want to use iPhoto, you have to let the computer make a copy of your original picture and put it into it's own file structure. I'd like to keep my own way of organizing things, but have iPhoto see them.

    Google actually did it right with their Picassa program for Windows.
  2. J@ffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2002
    Behind you!
    iTunes --> Preferences --> Advanced --> General

    Untick "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes music folder…", and you're set.

    iPhoto --> Preferences --> Advanced

    …and untick "Copy files to iPhoto Library folder". I'm not sure if this option is present in your version of iPhoto (I'm on v6, the iLife '06 version), but all the same, :p.
  3. millerrh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nope. This option isn't there for iPhoto '05. There is no "Advanced" thing under preferences. This might be the single best reason for upgrading.
  4. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Agreed, that's what I wanted all along and I just read about it on "macosxhints". Too bad I have to wait until February to check it out.

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