Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 5:13 PM (in response to Columbo1977)
What you want to do is run a "referenced" library. That is strongly advised against as it is susceptible to damage and iPhoto can't use the library unless the source photos on the Windows server are available on line.
For a more detailed and elegant description of why not to use a referenced library see Terence Devlin's post in this topic: Copy items to the iPhoto Library?: Apple Support Communities
You'll just end up having to rebuild or recreate the library from scratch as some time. It's inevitable.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2013 5:36 PM (in response to Old Toad)
Not sure what to do then. The photos are accessed from the Windows Server by computers all over the house and some linux laptops.
I cannot move them just because I have a Mac now, tha would cause more problems?
Also we are talking about 200gb of photos.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 9:20 AM (in response to Columbo1977)
As Larry mentioned maybe Aperture might be what you want. I use Media Pro 1 as my primary DAM, digital asset management application, and use iPhoto for special projects like books, cards and calendars.
Media Pro can operated with the files on a server and lets you view the thumbnails, up to 640 x 480, add keywords, and most every thing else that does'nt requrire the full image file (like slidesshows or editing) even if the source files are not available.
You could get an external HD to connect to your Mini and transfer the photos to it from the Windows server. Then you could run the library off of the EHD and use a "managed" library to avoid the pitfalls of a "referenced" one.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2013 9:23 AM (in response to Columbo1977)
The photos are accessed from the Windows Server by computers all over the house and some linux laptops.
Then iPhoto is defintiely not for you, it has no cross platform ability whatever.
Neither are Aperture or Lightroom. Like iPhoto these are database apps that work with lossless processing. Edits performed in any of these apps woould not be available on any of the other computers unless you export from them first, which renders the whole lossless thing pretty pointless.