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Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 18, 2012 5:37 PM

Have a Mac Mini with Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion on my IMac.

I tried transferring the iPhoto library from my Mac to the Mac Mini. When I try opening iPhoto, get a message stating that we are trying to import to a version of iPhoto, asking if we want to create a new library or quit BUT only offers quit as an option.

 

Unable to find out what version of iPhoto is on the Mini, since it is grayed out...any ideas?

 

Thanks,

don

OS X Mountain Lion, 2TB OWC External Drive for my IMac
  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 18, 2012 6:42 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion are far apart from each other, and so seem to be the two versions of iPhoto you have.

     

    Where did you get the iPhoto which is on your iMac? If from the App Store, you should be able to download and install it on the Mini as well by logging on to the App Store with your Apple ID and finding it under Purchases. Check?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Dec 18, 2012 9:44 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    to find the version of iPhoto go to your applications folder and get info for the iPhoto Application

     

    What is the exact message?

     

    exactly how are you trying to transfwr the ibrary?

     

    LN

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,655 points)
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    Dec 18, 2012 11:06 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    When I try opening iPhoto, get a message stating that we are trying to import to a version of iPhoto, asking if we want to create a new library or quit BUT only offers quit as an option.

     

    You need to give us the exact error message.

  • LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)
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    Dec 20, 2012 11:47 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    The only way for you to have the same photos in these two different versions of iPhoto without an extra tool is to export them from one version, then to import them into the other. This may result in a lot of additional manual work to rearrange events and albums, etc.

     

    A tool that should work for you is iPhoto Library Manager. You are within its minimum requirements for both OS X and iPhoto, the app is well supported and works flawlessly for me. All you need is having the two Macs on the same network - preferably a fast and stable one (wired Gigabit Ethernet, if you can) as IPLM will move a lot of data back and forth.

    With IPLM, you'll only need an iPhoto Library on either Mac, the complete, maintained one on the iMac, and a new empty one on the Mini (created with the iPhoto version on the Mini). Then you "merge" them with IPLM. Check options an preferences carefully before you do so, though.

     

    Later, as you apply changes or add photos to either library, you can merge them again easily. Again, double-check prefs carefully first as different settings than the first time might be required.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,105 points)
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    Dec 21, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to Zimmer1956)

    You can copy the Mini library to your Mac, convert it to the latest version, 9.4.2,  and use the paid version of  iPhoto Library Manager to merge the two libraries.   This iPLM tutorial describes how: Merging libraries. This would preserve any albums, keywords, titles and other metadata.

     

     

    OT

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