2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2010 1:39 PM by Infomaniac
Infomaniac Level 1 (5 points)
Help! I just upgraded yesterday to iLife '09. When I opened iPhoto, it began to perform the scan of all my photos for the Faces function. I have a large amount of photos (about 12K), so this took over two hours. When it finished, it reduced iPhoto to a crawl! Takes sometimes 15-20 seconds to perform one function, something as simple as selecting a photo or going from one Event to another.

I have a very fast Mac, a MacBook Pro with a 2.53 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo drive with 4 GB of RAM, running OS 10.6.2, with a 320 GB hard drive with about 130 GB free. It's usually a screamer. I have never had it to slow down like this.

Is there a way to optimize or streamline the Faces functionality? Or as a last resort, is there a way to undo it? Before now, my iPhoto ran great; now it's like a turtle.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4 GB RAM, 320 HD with 130 GB of free space
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,423 points)
    You can try the following: launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys depressed to rebuild the library. Select the last three options.

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    Some things you can do to speed up iPhoto are: make sure you have sharing turned off in the iPhoto/Sharing preference pane/; in iPhoto's Web pane set Check for new published photos to "Manually"; in the Photos mode have Event titles showing and close all but those you're using at the time.

    Finally, send a feature request to Apple to let the user determine if they want faces or not via http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphoto.html.

  • Infomaniac Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks so much. I'll try out your suggestions tonight and report back.