I'm trying to figure out how to effectively start using iPhoto in combination with Photoshop.
There's only one way - set it as an external editor.
But, I need to place images into my InDesign document and I don't know where to find them!
For help accessing your photos in iPhoto see this user tip:
But specifically, use a media browser.
I also use an iMac at work and Macbook Pro at home and need to be able to ensure I always have all of the files on whichever computer I'm working on
This part can be very tricky. The safest, surest and simple way is to put your Library on a portable hard disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and bring it with you.
Can the iPhoto library be backed up to the server? Will it also then work with our Time Machine?
iPhoto can be backed up to anything, but that's not much use for multi-site access. A back up is just that, not something that's edited except by updating the back up.
Awesome that you both referred me to the same post which was very helpful -- thank you!
I had figured out how to set up Photoshop as the external editor.
So Terence, you're saying I would back up the files and transfer as I have been doing with my data. Perhaps on a separate disk.
I used a poor choice of words in my original question. I meant can the iPhoto library (both the originals and unedited photos) be stored on the server and accessed from either location?
I can handle the external hard drive -- that's what I'm doing now, but if I could have everything finally running through the server that would make a huge difference, as well as allowing my two employees access to the photos without using airdrop to zip them to each other which is what we do now.
I really appreciate the quick responses!
I meant can the iPhoto library (both the originals and unedited photos) be stored on the server and accessed from either location?
In theory, yes, but in practise I'm not sure.
How would you access the images? Over the Internet? Folks who have tried this reported it as painfully slow.
The fact is that iPhoto is a consumer app geared to the user with a point and shoot and who takes family snaps. It will do other things, yes, but it runs out of steam pretty fast once you get outside that comfort zone.
In other words, iPhoto is not appropriate for a professional setting, and from your description you need a Server app like Extensis Portfolio.