I-Photo Sluggish

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by edward-k, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. edward-k macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2004
    I am currently running iphoto 4.0.1 w/ OSX10.3.4 on an 800mhz G4 15"Imac. I have read many articles and reviews that tout iphoto as being wonderful - personnaly I find it painfully slow. My old 1.2 P4 Dell seems to perform much snappier when it comes to viewing and editing photos. As I have 3-4 thousand photos in i-photo it takes forever to load and scroll - 1) Is there any way to make I-photo not load previews of every single picture every time it loads? 2)Is there a simple way to back up every photo by roll etc, I hate the way i-photo stores files on the hard drive 3) I have been tempted to use iphoto to touch things up then just drop them in folders on the desktop by month, however when I try to do this and turn the preview of photos on, it again is painfully slow, a folder of 40-50 photos will takes several minuites to pull up previews, again on the old PC they come up instantly. 4) finally, I am in the market for a new computer, I am looking at the 2.0 G5 vs a Dell 3.6, any thoughts when it comes to photo management? Thanks in advance for any help or insight. Ed
  2. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    That does sound slow compared to my 450 Mhz G3 iMac. I have almost 9,000 photos and about half over 3.1 Megapixels. I have 1 GB of memory. How much memory do you have?
  3. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Are you 'closing' the rolls of film in your main library?

    I found that when I had them all open, iPhoto would take a while to load since it was getting previews for each one.

    Now I have them closed unless I'm going into a particular roll and iPhoto has sped up accordingly. I dread backing up to a new iPhoto though since I believe you even if you burn the iPhoto library (with rolls) when it reimports to a new version, it'll be all just one jumbled mass. Perhaps I'll investigate some of those multi-library options on VersionTracker then - or hope that iPhoto 5 solves the problem!
  4. LANcaster macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2004
    I had a similar problem with iPhoto on my G5 where it became very sluggish. I managed to speed it up quite considerably by deleting the cache files that iPhoto creates. To do this go to the following folder in Finder: ~/Library/Caches/iPhotoCache then press Apple Key and A to select all the files and then drag them to the trash.

    Don't worry; this won't have any detrimental effect on your iPhoto library and should improve performance assuming you are experiencing the same problem as I did.

    Hope this helps :)
  5. spookykids macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2004
    Lotsa RAM truly helps, and if thats not a option turning off shadows really helps. That really beefed things up. But really, iPhoto is a drag to use if youre on anything else than a G5. iPhoto feels like a unfinished product, which it may be...
  6. BryanOz macrumors newbie


    Jul 18, 2004
    iPhoto vs Kodak's Easyshare

    I have had a dream run with Easyshare for over a year now, same version now for that long.
    I also use iPhoto, it's intergration with iMovie is superb, but as a comment to all the hassles with slow and sluggishness with iPhoto I have to agree and the crazy way it creates folders, sub folders and data files etc, whereas Kodak's Easyshare just keeps putting your images into dated folders; from whatever source, camera, CD's etc .

    I suppose Kodak have a more vested interest in you being able to find, file and organize your pics especially for printing either home, via online or their stores.

    Even though I have a new iMac flat screen, my advice is to work on these programmes on their own, they are power and memory hungry apps.
  7. About2SwitchOvr macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2004
    So, what does emptying the cache harm?

    Are there any downsides in deleting this cache?
    Also, what do you mean by closing the rolls? Is it an export of some sort?


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