Hundreds of iPhoto libraries - now what?!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mr1970, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. mr1970 macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    So...I've got myself into a bit of a mess.

    I've had a fair number of macs over the years and, until Time Machine came along, had a variety of paranoia-based backup strategies.

    I moved to a Mac Pro about 6 months ago and now everything is at least in one place - however...

    The very, very long and short of it is that I now have 344 iPhoto libraries. Some of them will be are a fair size but some appear to be claiming to be 20 bytes, which is clearly nonsense.

    I bought Aperture as I figured that would be the easiest way to merge libraries, and have dealt with the two or three biggest libraries. The problems I have now, however, are:

    - The Aperture library is now >100GB and I absolutely don't have that many photos - I'd guess my entire library might be 10k photos
    - I'd like to do a sweep of the data drive for "loose" image files but as many of them will have similar names I'm wondering what the easiest way to move them into one place would be. Ideally I want to move them all into one folder from where I can add them to aperture.

    Anyone had the same sort of problem? The obvious, painful answer is just hack my way through one folder at a time but there must be an easier way...?
  2. Mikekan macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2012
    Athens, Hellas!
    There is a 3rd party application that merges libraries, I don't remember the name but it will solve your issue.
  3. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    I've used this and it's easy to use.

    iPhoto Library Manager $29.95
  4. Mikekan macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2012
    Athens, Hellas!
  5. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Just merge them into your Aperture master library... one at a time. Once all the pictures are there... begin the organizational task of sorting them into some type of relevant projects... and then deleting the dups.

    There is no short cut here that I know of. Luckily... Aperture excels at importing libraries. It is all built in.

  6. ricosuave macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2007
    In front of my mac
    There's a app called Gemini has worked well fo me to delete dupes within the libraries. There's a demo.

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