6 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2012 3:01 PM by Terence Devlin
jacsclan Level 1 Level 1

I have a few iphoto libraries on my computer that I need to merge, without duplicates, and maintaining the seperate events.  Does anyone know how to do this efficiently?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife

    The only way to merge Libraries is with the paid ($20) version of iPhoto Library Manager

  • jacsclan Level 1 Level 1

    I see that "Terence Devlin" is a responder most of the time to this question.  Just wondering if you work for the company that sells iPhoto Library Manager?  Also does anyone know if Aperture can merge iphoto libraries?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife

    "Terence Devlin" does not work for Apple, for the makers of Library Manager and has no beneficial interest in whether or not you use or purchase this or any other app. If "Terence Devlin" did have such an interest the terms of use of the Forum would require that he add such information to the post. No, Aperture cannot merge iPhoto Libraries. Aperture can convert them to Aperture Libraries and merge them, but that would be of no use to an iPhoto user, as iPhoto can't open an Aperture Library.

     

    And the fact remains that the paid version of Library Manager is the only way to merge Libraries

     

    Regards

     

     

    "TD"

  • jacsclan Level 1 Level 1

    O.K. Thank you for your answer.

  • NellieP8 Level 1 Level 1

    I had the same issue and needed to merge three iPhoto libraries into one.  What I did was Open each iPhoto library individually and export all the photos in the library to my desktop.  Then I closed iPhoto and opened the library that I wanted to have all the pictures in and Imported the photos into that iPhoto library.  After I was done I deleted the other two iPhoto libraries.  It is a little time consuming and perhaps not the best way, but it worked for me.  Thanks.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.ilife
    iLife

    That worked for you but that didn't merge Libraries.

     

    Your process got all the photos (though you don't specify which versions) into one Library. You didn't get much of the added metadata, none of the Albums, edit history on the shots, versions, faces and so on.

     

    Merging a library means getting all the information from the Library, not just one version of the photos.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD