iPhoto - How To Export Library

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  1. james*b macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    My photos are organised with iPhoto. My hard drive is now full so I am forced to turn to external stoarge. What is the best way of exporting and retaining some management over 350gb of photos?
    Thanks in adavance! :)
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I used to use iPhoto Library Manager a while back. I took some larger photo groups that I would no longer be adding to and separated them into their own library and burned it off to a disk. For instance I had a lot of pictures from a trip and didn't really need them integrated with the rest of my photos so they seemed like a good candidate. Of course you can come up with your own scheme depending on the frequency of photo additions and what you keep stored.

    I haven't used the software in several years though so I can't guarantee it's compatible with newer versions of iPhoto or OS X although I'm sure their page states if it is or not.

    There are also scripts that will help with exporting your photos into plain old folders if you don't want to keep them in the iPhoto library format.
     
  3. james*b thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the fast reply! :)

    If I simply open finder and drag and drop the original raw files onto my NAS, will this casue any stability issues when I delete the copies on my mac and then reopen iPhoto?
     
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I think iPhoto will still work, but it will still be expecting them to exist in the iPhoto library. I believe in iPhoto you can just select all the photos you want to export, export them in their original format, then delete them from iPhoto via the iPhoto interface.
     

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