Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 2:39 AM (in response to Exadata)
Improve performance in iphoto ( believe everything sitting together in the same drive will further improve the performance !?)
To improve the performance, make sure the iphoto library is on your fastest drive, usually the system drive, or a drive with a very fast connection - USB3, thunderbolt, Firewire. And your original photos should be on a drive with a reasonably fast connection, but they do not need to be on the same drive.
Scalability and Flexibility to move to larger HArd Disk in the future( believe "iphoto library" + " Original photo folder " can see as a package and I can move to other Hard disk in the future by leveraging Time Machine easily
That will be a problem with iPhoto. iPhoto '11 does not yet support to relocate referenced original images to other disk volumes, or even to consolidate referenced originals again into the iPhoto library. You can move iPhoto libraries between different volumes by copying them, but not the original images outside the library. As long as you are using iPhoto, leave the originals in their original location, or put them back wherer you moved them from. You can move the iPhoto library, but not the originals. There is no command in iPhoto to point iPhoto to the location of the originals.
You might consider to invest in Aperture (unfortunately this professional application is more expensive than iPhoto). Aperture can open iPhoto libraries and reconnect photos with missing originals and relocate the originals to a different drive, and offers many advanced image adjustment tools.
Since Aperture and iPhoto share the same library format you can still use your photo library with iPhoto, even after editing it with Aperture, see: Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 4:23 AM (in response to Exadata)
You can't move a Referenced iPhoto Library. It's one of the biggest pitfalls, along with the fact that it's more work for zero advantage.
Your options are simple:
1. Convert to a Managed Library with iPhoto Library Manager
2. Buy Aperture
3. Edit the tables in the SQL database. - not for the faint-hearted.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 5:19 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
It's one of the biggest pitfalls, along with the fact that it's more work for zero advantage.
I think it is a design flaw in iPhoto to enable a referenced library without providing maintainance tools for it. There no built-in way back, and provided tool to recover, if the references get broken.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 7:38 AM (in response to léonie)
Absolutely. Frankly there's pain for no gain whatever using Referenced Libraries with iPhoto. The add no extra capability are are - as this case demonstrates - actually a liability in some cases.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 7:40 AM (in response to Exadata)
Thanks LeonieDF & TF,
So "reference library" is not a good idea for managing the photos and preparing for the data future growth. ( i.e.moving from 1 drive to another). Iphoto Library Manager or Apenture may able to solve my " missing path from the reference library to the orginal photos". Can you show how?
What is General best practise to manage your photos in iphoto or appencure. I can re-load all the photos again and do the rating, sorting, smarting album things one more time but I want to know the best practise so i don't ecounter this pain again in the future. Does not following soung good?
Photo in carema-> store the photo in the external hard drive ->import the photo from external hard drive to iphoto ( Check the box to "Copy the photo to iphoto library"
Then, I can simply moving over the "iPhoto Library" easily
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 7:45 AM (in response to Exadata)
So "reference library" is not a good idea for managing the photos and preparing for the data future growth.
With iPhoto Library Manager you rebuild the Library as Managed.
This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places back.
Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.
With Aperture you don' do that. You use Aperture's superior file management tools - specifically - the Relocate Masters command. So it's the same library.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 7:53 AM (in response to Exadata)
Thanks Folks. I will take a look both applications and plan for my photo storage again.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 8:21 AM (in response to Exadata)
Just to give you an idea, how to reconnect the missing originals in Aperture:
- Select the images woth missing originals in the browser and use the commend "File > Locate Referenced Originals".
- Now you'll see a panel with a split view.
- In the upper part the image versions with missing originals. Select one. You will see the path to the file that aperture is looking for.
- In the lower part you'll see a file chooser dialog. select the location of the original file. Then press the "Reconnect all" button, and now the photo library should be fixed again.
All your tags, captions, ratings should be saved.
Afterwards use the "File > Consolidate Originals" to move all originals back into the photo library, and now you'll have a managed library to be used with iPhoto.
Regards and good luck!
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