HT5037: iPhoto '11 or later: About the Library UpgraderLearn about iPhoto '11 or later: About the Library Upgrader
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to Poulpo_fr)
You NEVER import one iPhoto library into another one - it does not work and creates a massive mess
You simply move the library over to the Pictures folder on the new machine and launch iPhoto letting it open and convert the library
Connect the two Macs together (network, firewire target mode, etc) or use an external hard drive formed Mac OS extended (journaled) and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from the old Mac to the pictures folder of the new Mac - launch iPhoto on the new mac and it will open the library and convert it as needed and you will be ready move forward.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to Poulpo_fr)
My two distinct libraries (iMac & Macbook) contain thousands of pictures. Correct me if I am wrong, If I drag the old iPhoto library (iMac's) into the macbook picture folder, then will it simply add these old pictures to my macbook iPhoto library.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2013 3:05 PM (in response to Poulpo_fr)
Yes you are wrong - if you drag any file into a folder where that file already exists you will delete and replace the old file and have only the new file left - this is true for the iPhoto libary package
Your best solution is to either upgrade to Aperture or use the paid version of iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ - to merge libraries
You can export the photos form your old library and import those photos into the new library but this does not keep your originals, only your edited versions which become originals in the new library