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How do I create multiple libraries on iPhoto?

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Nov 23, 2012 9:15 AM

I have too many photos, about 11000, in my iPhoto library. It's running very slow. I heard this helps, but I'm not quite sure how to use it. Any help?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to zanner)

    11,000 photos is not too many- I have 50,000 - others have more


    Not sure where you heard that multiple libraries is the solution but it only is to the extent that creating a new library usually will eliminate the issue that caused the slowness - the better solution is to fix the slowness - it is like buying a new car because your brakes are wornout


    Slowness can be preference settings or can indicate corruption that a rebuild will address


    To create multiple libraries depress teh option key and launch iPhoto and use the create library command - to switch between tehm option launch iPhoto and use teh select library command  iPhoto Library Manager - -  is very useful in managing multiple libraries



  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to zanner)

    How much RAM does your iMac have and what other App's or Processes are running at the same time when your working in iPhoto?


    see > Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory


    I ask, because I have two Mac's that both have over 12,500 photos in there iPhoto Libraries. The older one with less RAM handles iPhoto nearly as well as the newer one with 8GB of RAM, as long as there are not to many other App's or Processes running at the same time.

    iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.2), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto


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