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Cleaning out a few pics

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Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9 (63,735 points)
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Apr 10, 2012 1:49 PM

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
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    Apr 10, 2012 2:12 PM (in response to Douglas McLaughlin)

    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.

  • Peter Joshua Level 3 Level 3 (815 points)
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    Apr 10, 2012 4:24 PM (in response to Douglas McLaughlin)

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

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    Apr 10, 2012 11:19 PM (in response to Douglas McLaughlin)

    To delete from a Smart Album:

     

    control-command-delete

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to Douglas McLaughlin)

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

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:22 PM (in response to Douglas McLaughlin)

    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

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