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HT5043 Does Unified Photo Library work well with lots of photos?

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I created multiple iPhoto libraries (based on year) for my family due to large number of photos my family has.

I also use Aperture for my landscape and nature photography, but I am interested in the possibility to have just one photo database.


Does the new unified library format do a better job of supporting large photo databases?  All toghther we have over 10,000 photos to manage.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)

    Yes - but then so have all versions since iPhoto '08 - '08 & '09 and early version so '11 are good for upt to 250,000 photos - current version and Aperture 1,000,000


    I have over 50,000 in my unified library



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

    10k is not a large number these days. We see folks on here importing 2k photos at one time from their phones. I have a 45k unified Library, at least one user over on the Aperture forum has a 400k one. So, you've got plenty of headroom.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,905 points)

    And I disagree with you since I have had not problems with much larger ibraries than you have - and since there never was an iPhoto '07 - the fact that you personally had problems does not mearn any more than that - you personally had problems


    as to a unified library there is no creating - once you are upgraded to the pro=per versions of each program you simply open your library with the program of your choice




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

    Is there a good tutorial on how to now create a new library? 


    Creating a new Library is simple:


    Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'


    Are you referring to a unified Library? Any one updated to the latest version has one.


    From what I could find, it seems that combining libraries is more of a virtual link, rather than a new physical collection of images.


    What do you mean by 'combining libraries'? Merging?


    If you have Aperture 3.3 or later and iPhoto 9.3 or later you can merge libraries with Aperture.


    Otherwise the only way to merge Libraries is with the paid ($20) version of iPhoto Library Manager


    I have no idea what you mean by "virtual link, rather than a new physical collection". A Library is a library.


    As to capacity:


    iPhoto versions to and including iLife 05 had a limit of 25k photos.


    iPhoto versions from there to the most recent one had a limit of 250k photos.


    There are people who will still tell you that you should never have more than 5k, 10k, 15k photos in a Library. Just because they say that doesn't mean they are correct.


    I'm thrilled you didn't have problems, but that doesn't mean any more than that - you personally didn't have problems.



    And the very same is equally true. Just because you had problems doesn't mean any more than that...

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

    When I mentioned 'virtual' I meant if the applications (iPhoto & Aperture) would create the unified library by linking between these separate library elements (packages?), and combine them through data table references.



    With either Aperture or Library Manager you can import these Libraries into another one. So if you have library A, then you can use Aperture's Import Library command to import Librar1, and Library 2 into Library A etc.


    You'll then have a much larger Library A but the other two libraries will still exist - juts the contents will be now in both libraries. Obviously, once you're happy with the imports and that they have gone correctly, you can then trash Library 1, 2 etc







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