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Move an event from from one library to a newly created library

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m1guel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Nov 29, 2012 3:01 PM

I'm attempting to split a library into two libraries. 


I'd like to move entire events from library 1 to library 2 (and not have it in library 1 after the move.


HELP instructions say to drag photos into the new library.  I can't seem to get this done.  If I'm working in Lib 1, hightlight the photos in the album, go to Pictures file on HD, library 2 is not available ... that seems to me to be one way, drag to lib 2 but that doesn't work. 


thank you for any help.  Seems like it shouldn't be too tough.



iMac (27-inch Late 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), iPhoto 11; v9.2.1; Aperture 3.03
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)

    Couple of ways:


    Duplicate the entire library. That's two full copies. Then delete the material from A that you only want in B and vice versa




    use iPhoto Library Manager

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)

    No. There is no way to copy and paste from one Library to another.


    iPhoto is a database, and to get informtion into or out of a database involves importing and exporting. Further, what are you trying to move? An Event isn't just the thumbnails you see in the iPhoto Window. It's the Masters, the edit history, the previews, metadata that came with the photos and have been added since. All of these are part of the Event and they are part of what you're moving.


    Or, if the edit history and the metadata isn't important to you, file -> Export and send the pics to a folder on the desktop. Then switch to the new Library and import them. But that means choosing between the Master and the edited version, losing some metadata (depending on the export options chosen) and the edit history.


    An iPhoto 11 Library now has the same capacity as an Aperture one - 1,000,000 items. I wonder why, with only 22k images, you're splitting this Library? As you can have only one Library open and searchable at a time it's quite inconvenient. There are several ways to categorise material in a Library to separate it out from other material.







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