6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 21, 2012 1:44 PM by Old Toad
Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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
  • 1. Re: Unable to use iPhoto version
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    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?

  • 2. Re: Unable to use iPhoto version
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    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

  • 3. Re: Unable to use iPhoto version
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,745 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: Unable to use iPhoto version
    Zimmer1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After some research, the Mac Mini is Snow Leopard with iPhoto 9.2.3 installed and the Mac is Mountain Lion with iPhoto 9.4.2.

    The Mac Mini is used for music/photo with my audio/video system in my great room for iTunes and iPhoto on the big sreen hdtv.

    Since later versions of iPhoto (9.3,9.4 or later) require Mac OSX 10.7 or later, which the Mac Mini doesn't support, how do I get my pictures from the IMac to the Mac Mini for viewing?

     

    I assume I could keep a version of iPhoto 9.2.3 installed on my external HD, but what happens when I copy them from the Mac to the external drive for use on the Mac Mini - they are still going to be in the latest iPhoto from my Mac and I still have the same problem - incompatibility.

     

    Any ideas?

     

    Thanks,

    Don

  • 5. Re: Unable to use iPhoto version
    LousyFool Level 4 Level 4 (2,640 points)

    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.

  • 6. Re: Unable to use iPhoto version
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,660 points)

    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