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Jennings Heilig Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
I took my MacBook with me on vacation so I could download pics from my various SD cards into iPhoto to share with my travel companions. So now I have them on the MacBook, but I need to get them onto my Mac Pro desktop machine.

I first considered Migration Assistant, but that seemed clunky. Both machines are on a shared network. I can open the iPhoto library of the MacBook on the Mac Pro using file sharing, but when I go into "Import" on the Mac Pro, it just gets stuck on "Preparing to import". I'm not sure what (if anything) it's actually doing.

Is there a better way to merge new photos from one library into the existing library on another machine?

Tks!

B

Mac Pro 2.66 gHz Quad Core, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (59,035 points)
    I first considered Migration Assistant, but that seemed clunky.


    And it simply would not work - it does not "merge" things - it migrates (or moves) them - and it does not work well with the iPhoto library

    Both machines are on a shared network. I can open the iPhoto library of the MacBook on the Mac Pro using file sharing, but when I go into "Import" on the Mac Pro, it just gets stuck on "Preparing to import". I'm not sure what (if anything) it's actually doing.


    NEVER import an iPhoto library into another iPhoto library - it does not work and causes massive duplication

    Is there a better way to merge new photos from one library into the existing library on another machine?


    There is one way - iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ -

    LN
  • Jennings Heilig Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Thanks Larry. I used to think OS X was pretty intelligently designed and elegant, but I'm beginning to change my mind. Why should I need third party software to do such a simple and useful thing? I've downloaded the software, but I can't figure out how to merge the two when they're on a shared network, so I'm copying the entire MacBook library into a folder on the Mac Pro desktop (at least four hours worth of copying), and hopefully then I can merge them.

    Lesson learned. Just copy the pics over from the SD into a folder on the desk top when travelling, then import that when you get home.

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (59,035 points)
    Actually anyone who speaks without knowledge and understanding is demonstratively unknoledgeable - No SQL database in the world can be merged into another without special software - if you want to suggest to Apple - iPhoto menu ==>provide iPhoto feedback

    Being insulting and aggressive on this strictly user to user forum is highly inappropriate and certainly added NOTHING to the process

    Just copy the pics over from the SD into a folder on the desk top when travelling, then import that when you get home.


    That is one way that is safe and works -- iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ - is the other and is arguably better

    LN
  • Jennings Heilig Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Sorry, but I've been an Apple user for nearly 25 years. And dumb is dumb. They can, and usually do do much better. They're light years ahead of their nearest competitor, but they could do something as simple as that with no worries at all. They wouldn't even break a sweat.

    I shouldn't need to stand on my head and stack BB's to do something so simple.
  • michaeljoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I believe to merge libraries you have to purchase the license which gives you access to the advanced features (including merging libraries).

    I did this recently. It worked well.
  • Bebbs Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I am trying to transfer my old Iphoto library to my new Mac. I tried using migration assistant via ethernet but it also timed out/got stuck. Apple tech guy told me that ethernet aften does this, and to use a firewire cable and target disc mode as it is much more reliable - which it turned out to be. So you could try that as a transfer solution. (my only problem now is that my source iPhoto is so old that the new iPhoto can't use it's data).
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (59,035 points)
    What is the version of the old iPhoto?

    As I remember iPhoto '09 can convert all versions - Migration assistance does not handle the iPhoto library well sometimes - the best way is to drag the bad iphoto library from the pictures folder on the new system to the desktop, connect the two systems together (network, firewire target mode, etc) and drag the iPhoto library intact as a single entity from the old system to the pictures folder of the new system and launch iPhoto on the new system - it will open and convert the iPhoto library as necessary and you will be fine - once you test the iPhoto library you can delete the one on the desktop

    LN
  • APPLEAL Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    I had the same issue but I am not interested in other software, used your suggestion, worked fast and perfectly. Thanks
  • octothorpe Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Open one iPhoto library and export all the photos at full quality. Just select them all (or maybe do it in batches), go to Export and choose Export/File Export. Set the "kind" to original and hit OK. Export them to a folder on your desktop and when it's done, import those photos into your new iPhoto library.

     

    That took me about 20 seconds to figure out. Before you start freaking out about 25 years of Apple use. blah blah blah, do a little research.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (127,190 points)

    Yes, but that doesn't merge Libraries. That exports from one and imports to another.

     

    With iPhoto Library Manager you can merge the Libraries and retain all the metadata you've added in iPhoto - keywords, ratings, Faces, Places - none of which you'll get if you export the Originals. Further, with Library Manager you'll keep all your versions too - Original and Edited, so it's rather a different thing.

     

    Perhaps you should have taken more than 20 seconds to think about it

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Elbert Cuenca Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Although not the most practical, I found this to be simplest and cheapest solution, provided you have space to spare, and some time. After trying to figure out what course to take in merging libraries (long story, but I have three of them), I just decided to create a temporary folder in my external and drag the contents of the other two iPhoto libraries in there. Took me about 20 minutes, but since this is a one time thing, I didn't mind.

     

    As for duplicates, iPhoto would prompt if the photo already existed, and I just simply instructed to not import.

     

    The steps:

    1. create a temporary folder to host all the images being migrated

    2. open the source iPhoto library by double clicking the library folder

    3. drag the photos you wish to migrate into that temp folder (you can drag entire and multiple events from events view)

    4. quit iPhoto and double click the target iPhoto library (you can also option+launch the dock icon to manually search for the library).

    5. drag the photos from the temporary folder into the iPhoto icon on the dock.

     

    Gets the job done.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (127,190 points)

    Again, that moves files from one Library to another. That's not merging. All you get that way is the current version of the photos - not the originals of edited pics - and you miss considerable amounts of metadata as well.

     

    Merging Libraries means moving all the versions and metadata.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • seanpatrick007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Curious to know opinions on another alternative...

     

    If one was ready to move on from iPhoto to Aperture, could you just import two libraries independently and end up with one new library, or does Aperture use the original iPhoto Libraries like Picasa appears to do.

  • Divya2011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    heya jeenings..

     

    i too had the same problem but its very easy by connecting your Macpro and macbook through Firewire cable or ethernet cable and select the desired iphoto library!!

     

    or

     

    you can select your previous iphoto library and select Show package contents and Masters but its bit clumsy u cant find the desired pictures easily dat way

     

    hoep this helps

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