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From iPhoto 2 to iPhoto 6 in one leap?

876 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 24, 2006 2:28 PM by Giles RSS
Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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Jun 2, 2006 12:39 PM
I've probably had iPhoto in my iMac for several years, but I've never tried to use it because of techphobia. Today, however, I decided to give it try, since I have always found David Pogue's books to be informative and easy to follow. Anyway, I soon noticed that what I was seeing on my screen didn't match the illustrations in his book. Further investigation revealed that I have iPhoto 2 while Pogue's book is referring to iPhoto 6.

My question is simple: Can I just download iPhoto 6, or do I have to do it in stages? In other words, do I have to download and install iPhoto 3, then 4, then.... I'm no computer whiz, but I've noticed that some programs have to be updated in stages, and some can skip the intermediate stages. How about iPhoto?

iMac DV (Special Edition)   Mac OS X (10.3.9)  
  • Brie Fly Level 5 Level 5 (7,925 points)
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    Jun 2, 2006 1:12 PM (in response to Niku)
    There are no such things as "iPhoto downloads" (well, there is one for iPhoto 2). Subsequent versions of iPhoto are bundled as part of the iLife suite of applications, and can be purchased directly from the Apple Store on-line (or from your favorite Apple software reseller).

    Fabulous package -- buy iPhoto, and get iMovie, Garage Band, iWeb, and one or two others thrown in for free.

    Your questions can be answered in greater detail in the iPhoto 6 discussion forums. In particular, make sure your system meets the minimum hardware requirements for iLife '06 before you spend the 80 (or so) dollars.
    Bondi iMac (rev.B), 500 MHz HARMONi CPU, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Jun 2, 2006 1:06 PM (in response to Niku)
    Hi, Niku. iPhoto 2 was the last version that Apple gave away, other than bundling newer versions with the purchase of certain new Macs. To upgrade beyond 2.x, you must buy iLife. For iPhoto 6, buy iLife '06. Intermediate steps are unnecessary; iPhoto 6 will be a completely new installation. iLife also includes iDVD, iMovie and Garageband. They may or may not interest you, but the only way to obtain any of these apps is by buying iLife and getting them all.
    TiBook/1Ghz/512M; PTProG3/500MHz/768M, Mac OS X (10.3.9), film & flatbed scanners, projector, graphics tablet, laser & photo printers
  • Giles Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)
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    Jul 24, 2006 2:24 PM (in response to Niku)
    iLife 6 should run on 10.3.9:

    # Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, or Intel Core processor; 733MHz or faster for iDVD
    # 256MB of RAM, 512MB recommended
    # Mac OS X v10.3.9 or v10.4.3 or later; v10.4.4 recommended

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    iMac DV 450MHz, 640MB, 20GB HD, Airport Xtreme, Mac OS X (10.3)
  • Giles Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)
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    Jul 24, 2006 2:28 PM (in response to Giles)
    Actually you may have fallen foul of the iLife 06 installer which apparently prevents it installing on a G3. However if you look in the iPhoto6 forum it has some info. about using iPhoto6 on a G3. SHould work OK.
    iMac DV 450MHz, 640MB, 20GB HD, Airport Xtreme, Mac OS X (10.3)


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