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walshb Level 1 (0 points)

I think I'm able to use a version of iPhoto to automatically pick up photo's taken on my iPad or iPhone and synched to Photostream, into my iPhoto library - is this right?


If yes, can you have the Photo stream photo's from 3 iPhones in the family going into the same library? We want to be able to automatically add photo's taken on my, my wife;s and my daughter's phone to our master iPhoto library on our MacBook using Photo stream. Does anyone know if this is possible and how to do it?

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Peter Joshua Level 3 (815 points)

    Photo Stream currently only links a single Apple ID per iPhoto Library.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,810 points)

    The only way if for all to use the same Apple ID for iCloud



  • walshb Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks...that's what I was thinking. I suppose the downside is that if the different phones had other items selected to synch to iCloud from each phone then things like calendar's, etc. would get mixed ideally you'd have to only have photo stream synching?


    Does the automatic importing of photo stream into iPhoto work with IPhoto 09 or do I need iPhoto 11?

  • takenpictures Level 1 (25 points)

    The only way to do this is to share your iPhoto library across multiple users on your mac.


    Read this Apple support article for instructions on how to do so:



    You, your wife and daughter will all need to user separate user account on your Mac, then each person can sync their iOS device with iPhoto through Photo Stream as normal. As long as the library is shared as detailed in the link above photos imported from each Photo Stream are accessible for every user.


    My wife and I have been using iPhoto like this for years and have also been using it with Photo Stream since it launched.


    It's important you follow all instructions exactly or sharing will not work: ensure the drive or partition is shared, permissions are ignored and the everybody user is set to Read and Write not just Read. Also always make sure you close iPhoto before switching users otherwise the library will be locked. All of this is explained in the link above.


    The only glitch I've noticed is when using automatic importing of Photo Stream photos into the iPhoto library, if you have deleted images from Photo Stream on your iOS device they still get imported into an event in iPhoto, even though they are NOT in the Photo Stream. To get round this either don't delete anything from Photo Stream on your iOS device (as you'll just have to delete it again in iPhoto OR turn of automatic importing of Photo Stream photos in iPhoto. To manually import you click on the Photo Stream option in the left menu bar, select all photos, right click and select import.


    To be honest the glitch above might not be linked to shared iPhoto libraries and may just be a Photo Stream glitch in general but as I have always used a shared iPhoto library with Photo Stream I have no way of knowing, all I know is no one else seems to have the problem and shared libraries seems to be a feature not many people know about.


    Hope this helps?

  • takenpictures Level 1 (25 points)

    Sorry, yes you will need iPhoto 11.

  • walshb Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for the detailed reply. do you know if you can just have the library in one user account and share this with the other two for read access only...therefore avoiding having to set up the library on an external drive or mounted drive? then if either of the other two users wanted to edit, print, etc. a photo they could do that from within the user account where the library is located.

  • takenpictures Level 1 (25 points)

    In iPhoto settings you can set your libraries as shared, if you keep iPhoto open and use fast user switching you may be able to see each others library's.


    I've never tested that so if it doesn't work you can hold option when opening iPhoto and navigate to another users iPhoto library in their photos folder to open it. Each user might have to give the other users read only permissions first.


    That way each person can sync to their own library and you can see each others without amalgamating the libraries into one.

  • Psymon Level 1 (115 points)

    Hi there,


    Just want to double check, Photo Stream is suppose to work as per normal with the Apple ID for each individual user?


    My wife and I have been using shared iPhoto library as described in the article for years without any major issue. But I seem to remember if we each enable the Photo Stream under our own account, the Photo Stream will reset itself and sync the Photo Stream each time we switch between user and launch iPhoto. It won't re-import the photos into the library again if the photos had already been imported, but its a time consuming process to re-sync.


    I only tested this out when Photo Stream was first launched, and then disabled Photo Steeam for my wifes's account to avoid the syncing (she still import the photos by plugging the iPhone to the computer).


    Has things been changed to allow multiple Photo Tream to work with a shared iPhoto Library?



  • marc.garcia Level 1 (5 points)



    there is something I'm doing wrong I guess. Can you see the pictures imported by the rests of the user's photostream? I see the pictures in the preview window, but when I click on them I just see a big "!" instead.


    I would love to know what I am doing wrong.



  • marc.garcia Level 1 (5 points)

    OMG, I've seen something here ( that has stricken me... If I want to put my iPhoto Library on /users/shared, do I really have to create a disk image??? this can't be true!!! Right now I have my iPhoto Library in my /user/shared but not inside a disk image... Seriously, do I have to create a disk image? Man, is this what apple calls "it just works"? Am I supposed to have my wife mount a disk image before she uses iPhoto?? come on!!!

    ... and, do I have to foresee how big my library may get?? Apple, you've got to be kidding me!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,883 points)

    No you don't have to move your Library to a Disk Image. But it should be on a volume that can be set to ignore permissions. We have no idea what your wife is capable of so probably best not to comment. Not heard of a Sparse Disk Image?

  • marc.garcia Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks a lot Terence, I  really appreciate your response... but that's what the article I indicated seems to suggest. As a matter of fact, I can't seem to be able to set the field "ignore ownership on this volume" on my current iPhoto Library which is, and has been for several months already, stored in /users/Shared. And I have this issue with my wife's photostream pictures not being displayed when I open iPhoto (same for her with my photostream pictures).


    How do I go about this then? 

  • takenpictures Level 1 (25 points)

    To be ble to set 'ignore ownership' you have to use either an external hard drive or partition part of your Macintosh HD drive and store the library there. Then all users see it as a second drive. No need to mount a disc image each time.

  • marc.garcia Level 1 (5 points)

    Let me see if I understand it. If I want to store my library on /Users/Shared, I can only do it if I create a disk image. I could either store it in a external HD or a partition that I must create.... correct? I think it is too bad that this partition method is not described in the document I linked before.


    Now, imagine I create a partition. How do I create it if I intend to store my iPhoto Library?


    I reiterate, this is not what I would expect from Apple and their "It just works". I would expect I can simply store a shared iPhoto Library where they foresee I store shared stuff, and that is /Users/Shared...


    Thanks everybody for the help. May I ask how did you figure this out since it is not correctly documented in the link I provided?

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