You get no more nor no less duplicates with a Managed Library. What duplicates are you referring to?
You can merge Events just by dragging one to another.
One way to get eveerything into one Event: Flag all the Photos in the Library (easy to do in Photos view) and then Events -> New Event from Flagged Photos.
Though I'm not at all sure why you would want to do this? You ge exactly the same effect by using the Photos view.
s there a way to make one event out of the 557 easily by editing the XML file with Textwrangler?
This file is what other apps/ media browsers look at when they access the Library. It is created by the Library database, and not the other way round.
Remember: Don't change anything in the iPhoto Library Folder via the Finder or any other application. iPhoto depends on the structure as well as the contents of this folder. Moving things, renaming things, deleting them or otherwise making changes will prevent iPhoto from working and could even cause you to damage or lose your photos.
The reason I want to do this, is the events system is all messed up. I'm having photos from one event falling into other events. I'm having photos from multiple dates that have nothing to do with each other going into the same event, and just want a one to one way of looking at both my keyword and my albums so I can look and see where photos were taken, and when. Nothing more. Adding events to the whole system from before just complicated matters too much.
As for the duplicates, I find the directions for a managed library sound like it will make copies when I import. Is that what it actually does? Does that mean I can safely delete the original from outside the Pictures folder when I do the import? If the package status of the Pictures folder gets corrupted, will the pictures within it get corrupted, or will I still be able to extract a copy of those photos and reimport them to iPhoto and just the album and flag information?
I find the directions for a managed library sound like it will make copies when I import. Is that what it actually does?
Does that mean I can safely delete the original from outside the Pictures folder when I do the import?
If the package status of the Pictures folder gets corrupted, will the pictures within it get corrupted,
No. You can recover the files easily.
Though, of course, the protection against any corruption is a good back up, as you well know.
I'm having photos from one event falling into other events.
Events are organisation for those who can't really be bothered. They are automatic - based entirely on Date and Time the camera records the photos as taken. You can move photos between Events, you can Merge Events, you can Rename them and sort them in various ways except one: You cannot manually sort in an Event as Events are all automated. If you want to manually sort in an Event then you've outgrown Events as an organising tool. Now it's time to look at albums (Where you can manually sort) which are much more flexible than Events as an organising tool.
and just want a one to one way of looking at both my keyword and my albums so I can look and see where photos were taken, and when. Nothing more.
What's a "one-to-one" way?
Sounds like a job for Places, or a keyword and then a Smart Album
But why limit yourself to one keyword, or only one way of searching? Do you only ever search by location? How about favourites?
I use Events simply as big buckets of Photos: Spring 08, July - Nov 06 are typical Events in my Library. I use keywords and Smart Albums extensively. I title the pics broadly.
I keyword on a
Where basis (The When is in the photos's Exif metadata). I also rate the pics on a 1 - 5 star basis.
Using this system I can find pretty much find any pic in my 40k library in a couple of seconds.
So, for example, I have a batch of pics titled 'Seattle 08' and a typical keywording might include: John, Anne, Landscape, mountain, trees, snow. With a rating included it's so very easy to find the best pics we took at Mount Rainier.
File -> New Smart Album
set it to 'All"
title contains Seattle
keyword is mountain
keyword is snow
rating is 5 stars
Or, want a chronological album of John from birth to today?
New Smart Album
Keyword is John
Set the View options to Sort By Date Ascending
Want only the best pics?
add Rating is greater than 4 stars
The best thing about this system is that it's dynamic. If I add 50 more pics of John to the Library tomorrow, as I keyword and rate them they are added to the Smart Album.
In the end, organisation is about finding the pics. The point is to make locating that pic or batch of pics findable fast. This system works for me.
True, I just don't like excess attribution that only complicates matters. And the fact as I just found it, I can't merge more than 24000 items in one event. The problem is each time I import I get new events. And it just slows me down. I get a spinning beachball when I start to group too many events.
With respect, are you sure iPhoto is the app for you? From your description it has too many features that you're not content to ignore if you're not using them. You seem to want an app that woks in a single and very specific way.
Events aren't a complication, they're an opportunity. Don't want the opportunity? Use Photos view. And as for 'exra careful', well millions of people manage to do this with no effort at all.
I really do think you're over thinking it. A lot.