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  • 75. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    clnunez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Cynthia, you are right, iPhoto library gets big. I have 58 Gb in my pictures folder and 9 Gb in my iPhoto library even though I unchecked the box too. It is a high price to pay for just a screensaver. I know that iPhoto is intrusive and tends to duplicate or even multiply every picture whenever you do anything to it, like editing it. Anyway, if you unchecked the box and you do not want such a big iPhoto library, just doublecheck that you have all your pictures in the folders where you used to have them and trash the iPhoto library.

    I am going to surf the web in the coming days trying to find why the library gets so big and if I get any solution I will get back to you in this discussion.

  • 76. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    clnunez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well,

    I have been examining my iPhoto library I I found out the following:

    Even though I unchecked the box and did not copy any of mi pictures inside it, it is 9,45 Gb big, and the biggest folders are:

    - Thumbnails 3,74 Gb !

    - Masters 1,82

    - Previews 1,65

    - iPod photo cache 2 Gb

    More than 9 Gb altogether. The only one than I found out than can be safely deleted is the last one, iPod photo cache. It is explained here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1314?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

    If you use the face recognition feature you will be crating a small copy of every picture for every person you identify. I also saw in the upper mentioned files 1024 Px previews of many pictures (I am afraid that there must be a small preview picture of every single picture of my library)

    As I said before it is a high price to pay for a screensaver.

    I use Picasa as my main picture manager app; it is way better than iPhoto, not intrusive, lets you decide where to keep your pictures and how to organize them and has nice features like finding duplicated pictures. However, for the time being, it does not provide a screensaver as a feature.

    I wish there was a better way than iPhoto to have a nice screensaver with your own pictures.

  • 77. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,445 points)

    clnunez wrote:

     

    I wish there was a better way than iPhoto to have a nice screensaver with your own pictures.

    Put the pictures wanted for the screensaver in a folder, use that instead of iPhoto.

  • 78. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    Cynthia Blue Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That just goes back to prior discussions.... I have over 5,000 pictures a year, arranged in directories by year and day.. there's just no way I'm going to put them all in one directory.

     

    Csound1 wrote:

    Put the pictures wanted for the screensaver in a folder, use that instead of iPhoto.

  • 79. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    Cynthia Blue Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah.. I may just delete the library iPhoto has created, and see if I can start over. The box is unchecked, I've double and triple checked it, but it still wants to create it's own iPhoto library it seems. Just no fun.

    clnunez wrote:

     

    Cynthia, you are right, iPhoto library gets big. I have 58 Gb in my pictures folder and 9 Gb in my iPhoto library even though I unchecked the box too. It is a high price to pay for just a screensaver. I know that iPhoto is intrusive and tends to duplicate or even multiply every picture whenever you do anything to it, like editing it. Anyway, if you unchecked the box and you do not want such a big iPhoto library, just doublecheck that you have all your pictures in the folders where you used to have them and trash the iPhoto library.

    I am going to surf the web in the coming days trying to find why the library gets so big and if I get any solution I will get back to you in this discussion.

  • 80. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    surferwoman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just got my MBP with Mountain Lion and was amazed to read that you couldn't use your own iPhoto screen saver. They can do that in Windows!

     

    ML seems to have left out a bunch of lovable things - for example, the services list is a shadow of its former self.

  • 81. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    __udo__ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also thought thhis was a bug in Mountain Lion. After reading this thread, I think it just works different.

     

    I already had multiple folders with up to 500 images each in my Desktop/Sreensaver Pictures folder I had used in previous versions of OS X. These folders had no sub-folders. As far as I remember this was a requirement in previous OS X versions

     

    Here is how I got it to work:

     

    1. Open Preferences.

    2. Open Desktop & Screen Savers

    3. Click on Ken Burns

    4. Click ot the Source drop-down menu

    5. Select Choose Folder…

    6. Select the location where you have your image collections.

    7. Select one folder at the time, till you have selected all your source folders

     

    It appears that doing this only creates a link to the folders you added. The folders are not copied.

     

    P.S.

     

    Just to make certain I described it correcly, I did follow the sequence again. Now I can only add one folder at a time. Addung a new one, deletes the previously selected folder. Will do a Permission Repair to see if that fixes it. It did not. So much for that. It worked once, I will get it to work again. Maybe a reboot will help.

     

    BTW, theere were permission changes, which are relevent:

    Permissions differ on “System/Library/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.framework/CoreGraphics”; should be lrwxrwxrwx ; they are lrwxr-xr-x .
    Permissions differ on “System/Library/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.framework/Versions/Current”; should be lrwxrwxrwx ; they are lrwxr-xr-x .

  • 82. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    BrynXXX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am now so missing my photo slideshow screensaver that I am seriously thinking of going back to SL just for this one feature!

     

    (I also miss SL in general as it seemed less fussy somehow).

     

    I will see what 10.8.3 brings, surely a fix?  I can't believe the current way is a feature!

  • 83. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    abfield Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I followed this (sort of) and see mixed results. I don't use Lightroom but instead I chose "Photo Library" as the source and dragged my "Pictures" folder to this list. This is the top-lvel folder which contains hundreds of sub-folders and thousands of pictures. It showed up in the list under a new "Folders" library so I chose it. In the preview in Settings it looks like it will work. It randlomly shows pictures from that folder. However, when the screensaver actually starts up, it shows some stock photos that aren't mine. What gives?

     

    Screen Shot 2012-12-28 at 1.04.58 PM.png

  • 84. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    tomholub Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's a geeky but relatively simple way to create a single folder with links to all of your images, automatically updated daily.

     

     

    Create a directory for the symlinks (say, /Users/foobar/Documents/Screensaver), and then add the following to your crontab (crontab -e):

     

    0 0 * * * cd /Users/foobar/Documents/Screensaver ; /usr/bin/find /Users/foobar/Pictures -name \*.jpg -exec ln -f -s {} \;

     

    Then set the screensaver to use /Users/foobar/Documents/Screensaver.  The cron job will run at midnight daily.  (You can run the same thing from the command line to set it up initially).

     

    This quick and dirty version is not perfect (it doesn't resolve file name conflicts, for example) but I just tested it and it works.


    It is quite a mystifying removal of functionality.

  • 85. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    GAK NJ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is absoultely fascinating.  Thanks for the suggestion.  Now - a vital question.

     

    What the HECK is the means of accessting crontab?  Is this a terminal command or something?  Please provide a little guidance for us neophytes on how to setup this process.

     

    Second question:  Is there a way to set a parameter so that it collects photos from a series of subfolders from one upper level folder?  E.G.   I have my collection of Montreal pictures setup as Photos/Montreal/Downtown, Photos/Montreal/OldTown, Photos/Montreal/Restaurants, etc. etc. -- and I would ONLY want to collect all the photos I have in Photos/Montreal subfolders.

     

    Thanks very much for this inspirational posting.  A little more guidance would be very helpful.

     

    GK

  • 86. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    tomholub Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    On the command line, "crontab -e" will edit your crontab.  By default, that will put you into the "vi" text editor, which is highly user-hostile, but basically, "i" to go into insert mode, enter your text, ESC, then "ZZ" to save.  http://www.lagmonster.org/docs/vi.html for some basic vi commands.  It'll be a bit daunting if you don't have Unix experience.

     

    Now, problem #2 is that the slideshow is way too fast and I don't see a way to control the speed.  5 seconds per image is ridiculous. 

  • 87. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    intrepidtoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not sure if this is an ideal solution but the 'Screen Saver + free' app from the App store appears to allow photos from multiple subfolders to be displayed.  In 'preferences' you simply select the subfolders from which you want it to pull pix, and it appears to select them in some sort of random order, two or three from each folder before jumping to another sub folder.  Not sure what its capacity limit is or whether the paid for version is greater but so far I've got it selecting pix from about 10 subfolders as a trial which definitely beats putting 50,000 pix in one folder or paying $16 for iphoto.  Doesnt have quite the same functionality as my long lost SL tho' 

  • 88. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    kiu77 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    "... but this version shows ads after a while."

     

    So this is not an acceptable solution.

  • 89. Re: Mountain Lion Screen Saver
    intrepidtoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's been running for 4 hrs so far without ads, but thanks for the heads up. Maybe the paid version is ad-free. If so $2.99 might be worthwhile if unnecessary investment

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