iPhoto - extra files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maclover001, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. maclover001 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    I am about to get a MacBook, but when I was at Starbucks, I heard a bunch of people saying that iPhoto sucks because it saves two of every picture so it doubles on hard drive space. I don't know if they are talking about iPhoto '08 if they are just idiots.

    If I have 12.3GB of photos in Picasa on my PC, will I have 12.3GB of photos in iPhoto on my future Mac?

  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    iPhoto saves the original files when you import them, and if you edit them it will save an edited copy separately. This way, you can go back and restore it to the original at any time. It's called non-destructive editing.

    So, yes, there will be some extra copies of files. In my experience though, it can be very helpful to be able to go back to the original.
  3. RVRoadie macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    Picasa does the same thing if you save your photo edits.

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