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Centralised view of 000s of photos

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timbono1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 13, 2013 1:15 PM

Evening all


This question follows on from my previous forum post here iPhoto library size = the sum of photo file storage?? and hope I could get some further advice.


My ultimate goal is to be able to store many thousand photos on a networked location and be able to view and edit all of them through a single program.


I have been trialling iPhoto for this purpose with a couple of year's worth of photos and love the ability to add Events, Places and Faces and the various creative solutions that it offers but am unsure as to whether this is the right tool for the job as some mention has been made to Lightroom and Aperture.


Does anyone have any experience of having had to make the same choices, and if so, what setup have you selected?


I've got a MBP, a 500GB and 320GB external hard drive, wifi connection but expect that some form of multi-TB NAS and associated backup drive will need to be purchased.


I look forward to hearing from you.


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 1:30 PM (in response to timbono1)

    iPhoto is not the app for you.




    1. It cannot have the Library on a networked location, such as a NAS. iPhoto needs to have the Library sitting on disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Users with the Library sitting on disks otherwise formatted regularly report issues including, but not limited to, importing, saving edits and sharing the photos.


    2. While you can run iPhoto in Referenced mode, with the Masters on a NAS and the library on a local disk, this is inherently unreliable. Here has more:



    3. There are also significant issues wih editing an iPhoto Library via wireless. A strong warning: If you're trying to edit the Library (that is, make albums, move photos around, keyword, make books or slideshows etc.) or edit individual photos in it via Wireless be very careful. Dropouts are a common fact of wireless networking, and should one occur while the app is writing to the database then your Library will be damaged. Simply, I would not do this with my Libraries. 


    iPhoto is geared - and works very well - for a single user on his/her Mac. While it will do more,  t's not a server application, and frankly, I don't believe that any application with editing will do what you want.






  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 6:25 AM (in response to timbono1)

    From an editting perspective, I'm only referring to the use of the inbuilt tagging of Events, Places and Faces,


    All of these men the app will be writing across a wireless connection to the database, and that's what's unreliable.


    Neither Aperture or Lightroom have this networking ability either.


    Have you considered using a Webservice for the sharing? Even an intranet?


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