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Lance Kugler1 Level 1 (20 points)
My wife and I each have an iPad and we share the same iMac. We each have our own user account on the iMac. She syncs with her account, and I sync with mine. This works fine in general, but we store all our photos within iPhoto on my account. She is therefore unable to sync the photos to her iPad. The same is true with the music that we keep on the iTunes in my user account.

Is there a way for her to sync so that the photos and music sync with her iPad also?

iMac core 2 duo, 64gb ipads, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • bassn Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same issue that Lance wrote about. Any suggestions?
  • red555 Level 4 (2,550 points)
    I am not a mac guy but in Windows, you can give public access to folders so all accounts can access them, then point the itunes photo sync source to that public folder.

    Not sure if this can be applied to the mac OS.
  • bassn Level 1 (0 points)
    Would like some ideas, contacted Mac support and was told that I could place songs and photos in the public folder. went to my wives side and couldn't access

    Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks
  • Cloudhr Level 1 (25 points)
    The solution that I use is to place both my iPhoto and iTunes libraries on an external drive and have permissions set to "ignore ownership on this volume" It works for me. My wife and I only have one iPad but I don't think that makes any difference. Either way both accounts can access my iTunes and iPhoto libraries. To set the permissions select the drive or volume, choose get info from the file menu and at the bottom of the get info window mark the box Ignore ownership on this volume.

    It might be worth your while to spend ten bucks on an ebook titled Take Control of Sharing Files in Snow Leopard. Take Control of Sharing Files in Snow Leopard discusses
    sharing digital media files for iTunes and iPhoto.

  • dwb Level 7 (22,615 points)
    If you open the Users folder you'll find a folder called shared. That folder's access rights are set so that everyone can access it. It is the perfect place to store things like iTunes and iPhoto files when a computer is shared.

    Note however that just because you drag something into the shared folder from one of yours doesn't mean suddenly changes the access privileges. After you've dragged the folder or file into Shared, select it, *Get Information* (command I) and then set the permissions for everyone to *Read and Write*. If it is a folder, click on the little gear at the bottom left of the Get Info dialog box and select *Change enclosed items*. Now your iTunes folder or iPhoto library is sharable by everyone.
  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 (205 points)
    Thanks for that tip?

    So if you move your entire iPhoto Library package out of the Pictures folder and into the Users > Shared folder, two different User Accounts on the same Mac will be able to use and access that one iPhoto library, right?
  • dwb Level 7 (22,615 points)
    Yes - just be aware that until you manually change the permissions, the folder will still belong to the user whose folder it was dragged from. Also, the first time you each start iPhoto, hold the option key and point to the photo library in the Shared folder. iPhoto won't know to use the folder there until you tell it.
  • Lance Kugler1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I've considered doing this in the past but was concerned about two accounts accessing the same file at the same time. Have you had any trouble with the library becoming corrupted etc?
  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 (205 points)

    So I've done that. I've put the iPhoto Library in the Users > Shared folder, and now both user accounts on the same Mac can access it.

    My only concern is, will the permissions for all the files INSIDE that iPhoto Library package be okay? Will I encounter some kind of horrible permissions problem in the future, whereby one of the users suddenly can't edit or alter any of the photos?
  • Journeymnn Level 1 (0 points)
    I seem to have had success just granting my wife's user account access to the iPhoto library "in situ". I did the following:

    1) selected the iPhoto library in my account's Pictures folder,
    2) added my wife's account with read/write privileges in the permissions section,
    3) switched to her account,
    4) opened iPhoto while holding the option key,
    5) pointed it to the library in my account (which had already popped up as a choice).

    Seems to work just fine, no moving of files required. Anybody see any potential problems with this? I don't claim to be an expert in any way, so could have overlooked something.
  • JDfunky Level 2 (150 points)
    I tried this, dragged the iPhoto library into 'Shared' folder, then changed permissions for the iPhoto library to 'Read & Write' for everyone.

    Yet when I go into the other user account and try to open iPhoto while pointing it at that shared one, I get an error message saying "The iPhoto library is locked, on a locked disk, or you do not have permission to make changes to it. iPhoto can try to repair the permissions" (and then there is an option to quit or try repairs.)

    What am I doing wrong?
  • JDfunky Level 2 (150 points)
    Whoops just realised I've come in late in the wrong forum (my iPhoto issue is just on my computer, not to do with iPad). I found this topic when I did a search.

    My apologies, will ask my question in a new post on the iPhoto forum.
  • jlawrence11 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have used a program called iPhoto Library Manager ( for years and it has worked like a charm. The program handles all of the permission/subfolder aspects transparently. Our iPhoto library is stored in my wife's default location, but I have seamless read-write access to it. When I open iPhoto, I see the same thing she does, and I have complete control.

    To answer your question about music, there are a couple of approaches. If you turn on Sharing in iTunes, and your wife's iTunes is set to look for shared libraries, she'll be able to have complete access to play anything in your iTunes library (as long as you have iTunes open). I believe she also has rights to copy files from your iTunes library into hers.

    That's great for playback on a Mac, but what you can't do is sync an iPod/iPad/iPhone with someone else's shared library, so here's how I do it:

    1) My iTunes library is our "primary" library, located in my Public folder (where other users have read-access).
    2) In my wife's iTunes, library, I hit keystroke Apple-O to add content to her library, and navigated over to my iTunes Library in my public folder to select it. Once I did this, her iTunes library looked like mine.
    3) The key thing is that under her iTunes Advanced Preferences, I ensure that "Copy content to iTunes library" is deselected. Otherwise, it would make a copy of my entire library on her side, and that would chew up a ton of disk space.

    Note that I don't think it's entirely necessary to have the iTunes library in the Public folder. It could stay in the default location as long as you changes your music folder to have read-access by other users. I moved mine before I knew any better.

    When I add new content to my library that my wife wants, we hit Apple-O from her side and add it to her library. This setup is kludgy, but a) both users can sync the music to iDevices and b) it doesn't require having two copies of everything. Note that unlike the iPhoto Library Manager solution, this is a static thing. You have to manually update the "satellite" library to keep it up to date with the main one.

    I'm not in front of my Mac, so some of my notations may not be completely accurate.

    Good Luck!
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    The iPhoto library and the iTunes library can only be opened by one user at a time.
    Make sure you quit the app before the other user attempts to open it.

    Also, another reason to close them is if you are using Time Machine, these files will not get backed up while they are open.
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