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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2008 10:42 AM (in response to Daniel W)Dan:
The keyword pane used for assigning them to photos cannot be added to the info pane at the window. It's the nature of the beast. You can put in a feature request at http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphoto.html. I've not used it but Keyword Manager might be less obtrusive and work better in the smaller screen of the MBP. You can find it at VersionTracker.com and run it in demo mode.
TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.
I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 08 libraries and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; G5 2 Core 2GHz, 2G RAM; 750/250 GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 22" LCD, Canon: SD700IS/i850/8600F, Epson R200; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2008 11:04 AM (in response to Daniel W)Daniel, there's a feature for Keywords that I use often, when I don't want the Keywords window floating in front of my iPhoto window:
You probably know, if you assign keyboard shortcuts to keywords, you can type them (with the Keywords window visible) to assign them to your selection:
Assign "f" as shortcut to keyword "Food"
Select photos of food, and type "f" to assign "Food" to all the photos
Now if you don't have the keywords window up, this is how the keywords will still work:
Assign "f" as shortcut to keyword "Food"
Select photos of food, and type "<option>-f" to assign "Food" to all the photos
The Option key modifier seems to work the same as the shortcuts do when the Keywords window is up. If I check "Keywords" in the View menu, I can see the keywords under the photo so I don't have to keep the Keywords window open.
All that said, I would like to see the Kw window less "in your face". I've narrowed it to one/two keywords wide so I can simply use the scroll wheel to browse it and it ends up being a narrow column. Then again I have a 24" screen so I don't know if this works for you.iMac 24" Core Duo Extreme, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4GB RAM, 1TB HD
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2008 11:55 AM (in response to Dave E)Keyword Manager uses a HUD interface and is less obtrusive - as well as its other advantages (nested keywords, for instance).
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2008 2:24 PM (in response to Dave E)@Dave E - Thanks, I didn't realize that. I knew you could assign shortcuts, but I couldn't figure out how to assign them to photos without the kw window open. * D'oh! *
Narrowing the window is a good idea, and would work much better if I had my external display attached to the MBP - which I usually don't, since I'm usually using iPhoto away from my computer table.
@Terence Devlin - keyword manager looks great, but I'm not sure I can justify $19 just for a small app at the moment, given other expenses - perhaps later, however...15" 2.2ghz MPB, 15" 1.67 PB G4, 400 mhz AGP Sawtooth G4 (Tiger/Panther/9.2.2), Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4G and 5G iPods, 2G shuffle, 400 & 500 mhz iMac G3s, Powerbook 5300cs
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2008 2:31 PM (in response to Old Toad)That's good to know.
That's also a good tip about backing up. In my case, I'm using Time Machine to backup the internal drive. I'm assuming that since the new "iPhoto Library" file is simply the old iPhoto Library Folder in a fancy "Package", I can just pull the library file (from inside the package) from the Time Machine backups if required? I really haven't messed with the Time machine restore system too much - I fortunately haven't needed it.15" 2.2ghz MPB, 15" 1.67 PB G4, 400 mhz AGP Sawtooth G4 (Tiger/Panther/9.2.2), Mac OS X (10.5.2), 4G and 5G iPods, 2G shuffle, 400 & 500 mhz iMac G3s, Powerbook 5300cs
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2008 3:00 PM (in response to Daniel W)You can't pull up just the Library6.iPhoto via Time Machine. It won't let you open the library package in TM to get it. If you open the library package and then enter TM you're taken to the User directory in TM and still can't get the database file. You could restore the entire library but that takes a long time compared to just replacing the file from the local backup.MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; G5 2 Core 2GHz, 2G RAM; 750/250 GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 22" LCD, Canon: SD700IS/i850/8600F, Epson R200; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod