10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2012 3:22 PM by Terence Devlin
Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9 (63,735 points)

So, I have a 2011 13" MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM and Mac OS X 10.7.3. I'm still running iPhoto '09 version 8.1.2. I guess I've reached iPhoto's limit with 190,000 pictures. iPhoto has ground to a halt. I've never deleted a picture that I've downloaded from my camera, until now I never thought I would need to. But it's so slow now I can't do my regular routine of editing pictures from an event down to an album that I use iWeb to publish (now) to my own site. I've take a look at the Activity Monitor and iPhoto not overloading the CPU, paging out because it's ran out of RAM nor is it taxing the hard drive. So, I guess I need to edit out some of the older pictures that I've never put into an album.

 

I already had a smart album callled "Everything Editied" which includes every picture that's ever been added to "any" album. I thought I'd be able to do the opposite and create a smart album with every picture that's NOT in an alubm. I can do that, but I can't delete any pictures out of it. I'd really like to keep all of the pictures I've taken the time to edit for use, I don't want to just delete old events. (I've been taking more and more pictures over time, so even if I delted all the pictures from 2004-2008 It wouldn't clean-out all that many. Also, I've spent a whole lot of time geo-tagging my pictures and removing edited pictures just because they're old will remove them from the map.

 

Any suggestions for removing un-edtied pictures from older events? I've put captions on most, but not all, of the edited pictures, so deleting generic-named pictures isn't an answer...

 

-Doug


2.7GHz i7 13" MacBook Pro 8GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.7), 1TB Time Capsule/64GB iPod touch 4g
  • 1. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    A Smart Album

     

    Photo -> is not -> Edited

     

    will find all the unedited pics. Sort on Date for the older ones.

     

    There's a nominal limit of 250k on an iPhoto library and we’ve seen reports on here of libraries in excess of 300k.

     

    How much free space on the Disk?

     

    You can have multiple libraries of course, if you don't want to delete photos.

  • 2. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9 (63,735 points)

    Thanks, I was able to make a smart album to find the unused pictures (by "editing" I don't actually alter the pictures, but just put the ones I choose into an album). So "Album 'is not' Any" finds them. But once I've found them I can't do anything with them. Flagging them flags them in the event, where I could delete them, but you can't sort by flagged pictures in an event. I still have almost 200GB of available space on my hard drive out of 750GB.

     

    -Doug

  • 3. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Peter Joshua Level 3 Level 3 (815 points)

    Select all the photos in the Smart Album and right-click and select Trash.

  • 4. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9 (63,735 points)

    Thanks, but "Move to Trash" is greyed-out whether I select one picture or multiple. If I flag some pictures from the smart album, all I can do is unflag them in the automatic "Flagged" list. I can see the flagged pictures in the original event and delete them (by selecting and pressing the "Delete" key or right-clicking and moving them to the Trash). But I wish I could delete them right from the smart album I created.

     

    -Doug

  • 5. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    To delete from a Smart Album:

     

    control-command-delete

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • 6. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9 (63,735 points)

    Maybe that works in iPhoto '11? It does nothing in my iPhoto '09 (8.1.2).

     

    -Doug

  • 7. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    Play around. It may be alt-command-delete in 09. You can see the shortcuts under the Help menu.

  • 8. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9 (63,735 points)

    After a bit of poking around, I made a smart album that only included pictures from one year that were not added to any album (because my original "Album 'is not' Any" had 128,000 pictures in it and couldn't really be scrolled through). This whittled down the 2008 year album to a functional 16,000 pictures. Instead of flagging the pictures I rated them "1" in small bunches.There are some events I'd rather keep all the pictures from, so this allows me to pick and choose. I was then able to go back to the original event and sort by rating. I don't usually use the ratings otherwise. This way I was able to find the unused pictures out of each event and delete them from the event. Whew! It's going to take quite some time to get through all of them. Besides iPhoto getting a bit dragged down, iWeb takes almost 15 minutes to find all the pictures in iPhoto before I can drag them into a new page.

     

    -Doug

  • 9. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9 (63,735 points)

    Ah, that was the trick I was missing. Now I can delete the pictures right out of the smart album I made. Thanks!

     

    -Doug

  • 10. Re: Cleaning out a few pics
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    Remember to empty the trash regularly. iPhoto can have problems trashing large numbers at one go. I suggest no more than 100 pics at a time

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD