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How to keep my iPhoto when I change Mac?

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Jet787 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Oct 5, 2012 9:20 AM

Hi,

 

I have iPhoto preinstalled on my MacBook Pro. The question is: is I buy a new Mac and throw away my old one, can I transfer my iPhoto licence to the new one? If yes, how?

 

I didn't buy the AppStore one but the preinstalled...

 

Tnxs

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 9:37 AM (in response to Jet787)

    iPhoto will come with your new Mac, though you may need to accept it and download it from the App Store.

     

    No need to transfer the license.

     

    If you want to use the old version for some reason, you can install it on the new Mac, as long as you delete it from the old one.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 9:41 AM (in response to Jet787)

    Most importantly you need to keep your photos. You do this by transferring the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from your old computer to your new computer via a network, direct connection or external hard drive. Do not use migration assistafirths the iPhoto library.

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 11:34 AM (in response to Jet787)

    As noted Migration assistant does not work well (or at all sometimes) with the iPhoto library

     

    A time machine restore should work except since you have chosen to use a referenced library you are very likely to not be able to access your photos. As a note for the future there is absolutely no reason to ever use a referenced library with iPhoto. It has no advantages of any sort and has many disadvantages including making upgrading hardware extremely difficult. It is likely that your best course of action will be to use iPhoto Library Manager to create a managed library then move that over. Good luck

     

     

     

    As to the iPhoto app, all you have to do is log into the App store using the Apple ID you used to st up your computer and under purchases accept your Apps if you have not done that and download the iPhoto App

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 5, 2012 5:17 PM (in response to Jet787)

    1. Among other things a referenced library has no ability to update the path to the original photo except one by one manually. A daunting task. And with your new computer the path will be different

     

    2. Because what you are doing makes importing more difficult, makes deleting photos more difficult (a two step process), means if you move "your" way to a new system system you get only the original photos (no edits, no faces, no metadatspa updates. --  just the exact originals). With a managed library you can easily move you're iPhoto library intact to a new Mac keeping everything exactly as it was. To go to a new platform you can export your event structure using third party software. In short there is no advantage of a referenced library and mand disadvantages

     

    3. IPhoto came with your computer and that version can be downloaded from your purchased software.

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 3:33 PM (in response to Jet787)

    Sorry this forum is not about "what should" be but what is NSC what is is that referenced libraries are not handled well in iPhoto. They are in Aperature (and with the latest version of both they can share a library allowing Aperture to fix this problem for iPhoto libraries) and future releasesotpf iPhoto may address this. Or may not. In any case it is not recommend ded now and has not been in any previous version of iPhoto

     

    As to using third party software. Your choice. The latest version of iPhoto does have the ability to export your event structure

     

    I have no idea what you are talking about in buying software that was not available when you bought it. All new Macs come with iPhoto. You just drag to old iPhoto library to the pictures folder of the new system and launch iPhoto. Nothing complicated about it

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 5:57 PM (in response to Jet787)

    1. Yes. Something is not correct. For a recommended managed library the library will be larger than the imported photos. Check the copy preference and be sure it is checked

     

    2. I'm not clear on what you are seeing

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Oct 8, 2012 8:39 AM (in response to Jet787)

    Yes something Sounds wrong without mor information I have no idea. Are you sure you imported the high res photos?  Right click on the iPhoto library and show package contents. DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING!  Look at the masters folder. What size is it? Are your photos in it?

     

    For the sync issuesee this thread. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4407461?tstart=0

     

    LN

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