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How to make iPhoto faster?

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BimboBoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 7, 2012 9:41 AM

I need your help. I just got a brand new iMac but iPhoto is really slow! I read in some other threads that many have had this problem, but I can't find a solution. Someone said removing all "places" and "faces" helps, but I don't want to do this. I reallky think I should be able to use these things without iPhoto getting so slow, especially on a brand new Mac.

 

What can I do?

iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), iPhoto 11
  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)
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    Sep 7, 2012 10:16 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    Something you could check is the Appearance options in iPhoto Menu Bar/iPhoto/Preferences/Appearance. I have no appearance options selected for my Library.

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    You could try Rebuilding the iPhoto Library. I would do this only after you back up your iPhoto Library.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,990 points)
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    Sep 7, 2012 11:15 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    Also turn off all sharing in the iPhoto/Sharing preference pane.

     

    OT

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Sep 7, 2012 11:47 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    What's the history of this Library? Did you migrate if from another machine? Did you migrate other items too? It sounds to me like a corrupted cache was causing the slowness and trashing all your faces forced it to rebuild it. But there are other - less destructive - ways to do that.

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)
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    Sep 8, 2012 8:11 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    You said it was a new Mac, but how much RAM memory do you have installed.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Sep 10, 2012 5:39 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    Option 1

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Choose to Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.

     

    If that fails:

     

    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)

     

     

    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.

     

     

    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. 

    Regards

     

    TD 

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)
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    Sep 10, 2012 5:44 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    Follow Terence Devlin advice, but BACKUP your iPhoto Library first. If you already have a Time Machine backup, that would be sufficient.

  • Mary Glynn Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)
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    Sep 14, 2012 9:27 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    Like Old Toad said, just try turn off sharing in iPhoto preferences.

  • ATateNJ Calculating status...
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    Apr 6, 2013 10:50 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    In response to Terrance:

     

    Terence Devlin

    Re: How to make iPhoto faster?

    Sep 7, 2012 11:47 AM (in response to BimboBoy)

    What's the history of this Library? Did you migrate if from another machine? Did you migrate other items too? It sounds to me like a corrupted cache was causing the slowness and trashing all your faces forced it to rebuild it. But there are other - less destructive - ways to do that.

     

    I have a super high lagging and loading iPhoto library as well.  It was copied off a G4 tiBook, moved to a Mac mini and has been imported to through many cameras, downloads from drop box, iPhone imports and photo stream imports. It is about 25K of photos (some modded and deleted) 120 plus gigs. Facial recognition and places data is also in there.  Definitely some kind of corruption.  You recommend backing it up and reindexing or rebuilding the file system?  Any help would be appreciated.

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