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Question: Iphoto 11 -How to turn off faces?

Hello,

is there a way to disable the ***ing "face detection" function ?

It creates thousands of separate thumbnails, many of them do not even show faces, and same people are shown as different ones, so having more than 5.000 faces in my library (which is definitely not the case). This function only takes up space, steals cpu power and is useless for me. I have about 17.000 Pictures in iphoto, andi think it makes the database handling even more instable by creating multiple "faces" thumbnails and redirecting them to the corresponding file.


Thanks for an answer... (What do you think - Better move to LR?)


Michael

Macbook Pro, none

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But, i want Iphoto to store my final images and to have the seamingless itegration in the OS, without having to carry "the bulk" with me - especially nowadays when using SSD´s is still expensive. I hope i could explain this.


And that is what Aperture would do for you: It lets you keep high quality jpeg previews on your internal drive and reference selected original files (tiff, raw, jpeg) on an external volume. The external drive can be offline, as long as you do not want to edit those referenced images.

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Dec 30, 2013 9:06 AM in response to mkmichaelmk In response to mkmichaelmk

Start of solution:


I did some digging in the prefs of iPhoto and found out the following. This is how you can disable (turn off) Face detection, without deleting faces found so far (just in case you want to restart processing at another time):


1. Quit iPhoto

2. Open Terminal Application (Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app)

3. Type the following (exactly as is):


defaults write com.apple.iPhoto PKFaceDetectionEnabled 0


(then return)


4. - Start iPhoto - Faces stops getting on your nerves...


If you ever need to re-enable faces, just do the same again and replace the 0 with 1.


Greetings,


lopezio


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Jan 19, 2013 1:22 AM in response to mkmichaelmk In response to mkmichaelmk

You can't turn off Faces. End of Story.


iPhoto menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback for feature requests.


There is no evidence that Faces makes iPhoto 'instable'.


iPhoto is a $15 app. Lightroom is a $150 one, is a lot more powerful - and complex. It's missing one of the best features of iPhoto - integration throughout the OS, and there's no migration path to LR.


Aperture is $70, has a lot more power and is more complex. It's a good match for LR, has OS integration, has an easy migration path from iPhoto and you can turn off Faces.

Jan 19, 2013 1:22 AM

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Jan 19, 2013 2:36 AM in response to Terence Devlin In response to Terence Devlin

And that works in Aperture, but if you come back to iPhoto?

I made some tests:

  • If I disable the face detection for an Aperture library, that already contains detected faces, and then open this library in iPhoto, iPhoto will show these faces already in the library.
  • If I create a new Aperture library and import images with the face detection disabled, the "Faces" folder in the Aperture library will contain no named and detected faces. If I browse this library in iPhoto, iPhoto will not add to these faces. The initial "Faces" scan will not be performed.
  • But if I import photos into this library while browsing it in iPhoto, then iPhoto will scan the newly added photos for faces, but not the photos already in the library.


Regards

Léonie

Jan 19, 2013 2:36 AM

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Jan 19, 2013 3:35 AM in response to mkmichaelmk In response to mkmichaelmk

Update: Okay, Aperture has this function, but it has a major flaw: When Exporting to PS, it creates a minimum 8-bit Tiff file, which is aprox. 6 times bigger than the Jpeg reimport done from PS back to Iphoto. And there is no setting for this, for example, save back to Aperture with Q12 Jpeg setting (highest Resolution) - which is more than I need. So, the next step up, using Aperture has the major bug of storing Tiff images and jamming up my ssd.

And, no, I do not want an external extra drive for pictures ;-)


Any other ideas?

Jan 19, 2013 3:35 AM

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Jan 19, 2013 5:48 AM in response to Terence Devlin In response to Terence Devlin

Dear Terence,


don´t get me wrong, i like the idea of lossless editing, but unless you are a superpro (or a supernerd...) it is definitely enough to enhance a picture and keep this. The more serious images that are RAW format, of which I think "I might have to re-tweak them again" I keep as doubles or an external drive. Finally this is a data Grave, since i rarely retouched a picture.

But, i want Iphoto to store my final images and to have the seamingless itegration in the OS, without having to carry "the bulk" with me - especially nowadays when using SSD´s is still expensive. I hope i could explain this. It would be enough to add a button named "delete original", and "delete originals in folder".

This way it would be great!


Thank you

Jan 19, 2013 5:48 AM

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Jan 19, 2013 7:09 AM in response to mkmichaelmk In response to mkmichaelmk

Sorry but there's a contradiction here:



i like the idea of lossless editing, but unless you are a superpro (or a supernerd...) it is definitely enough to enhance a picture and keep this.



If keeping the enhanced version only is 'definitely enough' then no, you don't like the idea of lossless processing.


iPhoto menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback for feature requests.


But really, why want iPhoto to do that when there are all these others apps that already do it - Photoshop, Graphic Converter, Pixelmator etc etc etc

Jan 19, 2013 7:09 AM

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Jan 19, 2013 7:13 AM in response to mkmichaelmk In response to mkmichaelmk

But, i want Iphoto to store my final images and to have the seamingless itegration in the OS, without having to carry "the bulk" with me - especially nowadays when using SSD´s is still expensive. I hope i could explain this.


And that is what Aperture would do for you: It lets you keep high quality jpeg previews on your internal drive and reference selected original files (tiff, raw, jpeg) on an external volume. The external drive can be offline, as long as you do not want to edit those referenced images.

Jan 19, 2013 7:13 AM

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