iPhoto is a SQL database and it controls the files in the databae - you can not control them and there is no need to you never have any reason to directly access them - you only access them via iPhoto of the system toold provided like the media browser in the loser left of every open/upload/attach window
You can reloacate the iPhoto library intact as a single entity to any disk formatted Mac OS extended (journaled) and use it there
Helpful, but maybe I should be more direct as to what I am trying to acomplish. I have a MBAir, low memory SSD, I have a 2TB timecapsule, we have a 1 year old that we take tons of pictures of. I want to be able to keep all my photos on my time capsule (I am backing up reduntantly to another 1.5TB drive, attached to timecapsule USB port) so I can keep memory freed up on the boot drive. Is there a specific way to move the library to a NAS so it mounts the TC everytime there is an upload?
Thanks for any help.
This is a very important point for me also, I am planning to migrate from windows Picasa to a MBAir + iPhoto. Obviously, most of us have or may eventually have more photos/videos space than can fit on the SSD of a MBAir or of an iPad.
If, as you suggest, I move pictures folder to a Time Capsule, I'd would have the following questions:
- Will I still be able to perform all the editing/classification/operations using iPhoto, the same way as if all pictures were on the MBAir ?
- Since it means everything happens through the network, is performance good enough (caching of thumbnails maybe, etc.) ?
- Does it means I could also do it from outside my home, through internet connection to a Time Capsule at home ? (this would be a wonderful and unexpected feature - but probably requires to define some firewall/rounting ports?)
- Would it work the same from an iPad ?
- As asked by markus, does it work the same for iMovie ?
Yes you will be able to make edits etc. even after moving the library to your Time Capsule.
There will be significant reduction in speed compared to the onboard SSD on the MacBook Air. Network operations are limited to the speed of the network connection. You may notice some slowdowns while scrolling through large amounts of photos etc.
You could open the library from anyway as long as your disk is made accessible to outside networks. Search the communities for remotely accessing Time Capsule for more help on this.
iPad does not really factor into this because iPhoto and iMovie on iPad do not sync with the Desktop apps.
Hope this helps!
Couple of comments:
Is that a wireless connection to the TimeCapsule?
A strong warning: If you're trying to edit the Library (that is, make albums, move photos around, keyword, make books or slideshows etc.) or edit individual photos in it via Wireless be very careful. Dropouts are a common fact of wireless networking, and should one occur while the app is writing to the database then your Library will be damaged. Simply, I would not do this with my Libraries.
Is the TC also used for Time Machine backups? IF so you'll need to partition the disk. Better yet use any USB or FireWiredisk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
Is that a Managed or a Referenced Library? If it's a Referenced Library read this
As to Gregory queries:
Assuming a Wired connection to a properly formatted disk:
An iPad cannot read an iPhoto for Mac Library
Yes you can do something similar for iMovie under the same conditions.
Cristofer Cruz wrote:
Simply take your iPhoto Library file which is likely stored in your Pictures folder and move it to your Time Capsule. All of the photos are stored inside the iPhoto Library file.
Opening the library file once it's on the Time Capsule will set the new location and remember it.
Hiowever - you can not place the iPhoto library (or any other dynamic file) on the same volumne as a Time Machine backup - TM continues to expand its backup until it fills the volume it is using
And it is not advisable to access your iPhoto library wirelessly - you would need a small iPhoto library on your MBA and a larger library on another volume and use the paid version of iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ - to move photos between - moving photos via iplm can be safely done wirelessly
Thanks Terence and Larry,
I understand that the database server is not embedded in the Time Capsule, but rather the Time Capsule is used only as a network filesystem. Running a database engine over network filesystem is not recommended (even with ethernet...) and not reliable.
But then, is there any way to manage, using a small device (macbook air, iPad), a large set of photos/movies which does not fit entirely on that device ? (the set could be stored somewhere else)
- you would need a small iPhoto library on your MBA and a larger library on another volume and use the paid version of iPhoto Library Manager -http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ - to move photos between - moving photos via iplm can be safely done wirelessly
If you actually want to run iPhoto directly accessing the larger library then when you do that it shold be on a directly attached thurnderbolt, USB or firewire drive
There is a way, using a different DAM (digital asset management) application that you can have your photos and movies on the Time Capsule drive and view them from your Air. That would be with using Media Pro 1.
Media Pro uses a "catalog" file with thumbnails (any size up to 640 x 480) that can reside on your Air while your source files are on the TC. If the TC is not available you'll be able to do work with the thumbnails, i.e. add keywords and other metadata, make albums (called categories), etc. You can do anything that does not require the presence of the full sized file.
When the TC is available then you can preform all functions. I use MP as my primary DAM and iPhoto for special projects like books, slideshows, calendars, etc.
Otherwise you best bet is to follow Larry's suggestion: have your main library on the TC and a smaller one on the Air. Then use iPhoto Library Manager to copy events or albums between the two as required which will also copy keywords, titles, places, etc.
You can learn more about Media Pro and other DAM applications at this website: The DAM Forum.