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Question: Can Faces be turned off in iPhoto 11 ?

I have a very large photo library which I use for reference as a professional artist. I gave up trying to upgrade to iPhoto '09 from '08 because it just kept crashing after hours of trying update my large library. I decided it must be because it was trying to apply the Faces technology to too big of a library. So I am wondering if Apple finally has put the option in iPhoto '11 to turn off Faces before you update your library like you can in Aperture. I like working in the clean simple interface of iPhoto so I don't really want to go to Aperture.

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Oct 31, 2010 2:30 PM in response to RKart In response to RKart

So is this a known bug with iPhoto 9 and iPhoto 11 that pretty much makes it unusable with large libraries? Why can Apple make turning off faces an option with Aperture but won't let iPhoto users have that ability?

Oct 31, 2010 2:30 PM

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Nov 1, 2010 11:14 AM in response to RKart In response to RKart

LarryHN, I think you are missing my initial point. The program would never finish importing my library. It would take hours and hours and then lock up. After days of trying to figure it out I gave up trying to update to Iphoto 9. I have read multiple accounts of people having the same type of problem with large libraries and iPhoto 9 and 11. So I think it is a problem and I think it has to do with Faces trying to link photos with very large libraries. Just my opinion. So I just wish that Apple would give people the option to turn Faces off. They can do it with Aperture. Why not iPhoto? I like the program a lot, otherwise!

Nov 1, 2010 11:14 AM

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Nov 1, 2010 11:31 AM in response to RKart In response to RKart

So I just wish that Apple would give people the option to turn Faces off.


iPhoto menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback though I would point out that a lot of folks wanted this on 09 too.

They can do it with Aperture. Why not iPhoto?


Pay more to get more options?

Regards

TD

Nov 1, 2010 11:31 AM

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Nov 1, 2010 12:39 PM in response to RKart In response to RKart

Yeah, I get it. And I do own the latest version of Aperture, as well as five Apple computers, the ipad and about every apple product in the last twenty years. It just seems like things are kind of screwed up when you have to pay more to be able to turn features off. In other words, pay more to use less.
And if Apple is going to advertise that the program handles up to 250,000 photos then it should be able to handle those photos with all the features like Faces that you are stuck with, since they won't let you turn it off!
Thanks to all for your input on my question,
All the best, RKart

Nov 1, 2010 12:39 PM

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Nov 8, 2010 11:15 AM in response to RKart In response to RKart

Zubatac75,
Thanks for your suggestion, I'll try it. It's just too bad Apple seems oblivious to these concerns. I love the company and their products but it gets depressing when they start showing Big Brother tendencies.

Nov 8, 2010 11:15 AM

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Jan 29, 2011 12:32 PM in response to RKart In response to RKart

You are so right and it is a bug when an app keeps crashing after startup.
Iphoto 11 is a mess. I am unable to even use it or trust it with my valuable memories.
I cant stand the faces thing and find it completely worthless.
What really ticks me is the fact that I paid $50.00 for this so called upgrade.

Jan 29, 2011 12:32 PM

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Apr 3, 2011 11:04 AM in response to RKart In response to RKart

This inability to disable Faces is an aggravation. Somebody at Apple ought to be held accountable.
The Big Brother comment is right. This is discouraging after 17 years of being very happy with my
Apple products. Can I trash this version of iPhoto and load version 7 from my old computer?

Apr 3, 2011 11:04 AM

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Apr 3, 2011 1:10 PM in response to RKart In response to RKart

There is a way to hobble Faces, i.e. prevent it from creating the many face images and write to the database. It will still scan but that's all:


1 - open the library like this.
2 - in the Database folder move this file to the Trash: Faces.db.
3 - close the package/folder and launch iPhoto. Close it as soon as it has opened.
4 - open the package, find the new version of the file and lock it via the Info window for the file.

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5 - while viewing the contents of the package type Command+F to start a search.
6 - set the criteria of the search to: Kind is Image and Name Contains "face".
7 - select all of the files in the search results window and drag to the Trash.
8 -close the package and launch iPhoto.


You will get the faces spinning wheel as it tries to index the library the first time it's opened but it won't be able to write to the database file if you should try to add a face and won't create any new jpeg faces files.

+*Of course make a backup of your library before trying this and no guarantee implied.*+



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Apr 3, 2011 1:10 PM

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