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Best way to set up my iPhoto library with 2 logins?

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Jan 20, 2013 1:49 AM

Hello, I'm new to Mac- so I'm still learning how this works.  We just got a new iMac with iPhoto 11 on it.

Now both me and my wife have our profiles for our own email/contacts/messaging etc.

 

Previously with windows, we had an external HD with all our photos organized by year/month in folders.  We used picasa to sort through the photos, do the touch ups/cropping then upload them to the good ol' interwebs.

 

Additionally, we each had our own folder of pictures (desktops, screen savers, favorites) in our pictures folders on our own desktops.

 

Picasa was easy to direct to the shared external HD, and our personnal pictures were not. (my wife didn't like sorting though my bike pictures, nor me her flower pictures)

 

1.  SO now, I've set up our 'Photo Album' in the shared folder on the iMac.  Set up the permissions so we can both write to that folder.  Will there be any issues if we both want to access those shared photo files via iPhoto?

 

2.  When she is logged in, she see's my personnal photos.  If we delete the photos from iPhoto under her profile, will they (the files) be deleted from my peronnal folder (which is in my pictures folder in 'my files')

 

3.  Can we manage our personnal photos in iPhoto without the other having to see them?  Different libraries?  *I have downloaded and installed iphoto manager.

 

4.  Does iPhoto work like picasa : If I move picture files from one folder to another, is the move reflected in iPhoto - Do those photos now appear in a new event?

 

5.  With windows, when I imported photos, I had it set up automattically to copy the files to the external HD- then I would rename that folder with the year/month.  I know if I import photos to iPhoto, they will show up and they can be managed in iPhoto.  (here's where the other tread got long winded)  As a new iOS user, this is hard to get my head around.  I like to see the new files in the folder along side all my other files.  Is there an easy way to do this?

iMac, iOS 6.0.2
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    iPhoto is very different from Picasa. The image files are organized by iPhoto, internally in its library.

    See TD's user tip on how to access photos in iPhoto:                  How to Access Files in iPhoto

     

    To share your iPhoto library with your wife, you need both access to a shared iPhoto library, see tis article for how it can be done:

     

    iPhoto: Sharing libraries among multiple users

     

     

    To keep private photos private, I'd suggest to create more than one library, one with shared photos, and one with private photos.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    1.  SO now, I've set up our 'Photo Album' in the shared folder on the iMac.  Set up the permissions so we can both write to that folder.  Will there be any issues if we both want to access those shared photo files via iPhoto?

     

    Only one user can access the Library at a time. SOme folks find permissions issues with the Library in the Shared folder. If you do, move it to an external disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)  and set to ignore permissions.

     

    2.  When she is logged in, she see's my personnal photos.  If we delete the photos from iPhoto under her profile, will they (the files) be deleted from my peronnal folder (which is in my pictures folder in 'my files')

     

    If you're using the same library then deleting by one deletes for everyone.

     

    3.  Can we manage our personnal photos in iPhoto without the other having to see them?  Different libraries?  *I have downloaded and installed iphoto manager.

     

    Different Libraries are the way to go.

     

    4.  Does iPhoto work like picasa : If I move picture files from one folder to another, is the move reflected in iPhoto - Do those photos now appear in a new event?

     

    No.

     

    Picasa is a hybrid file/photo manager. iPhoto is a Photo Manager. The entire point is that you import the files to iPhoto and then never bother with them again. All your work is then done in the iPhoto Window or via iPhoto. You never access the files via the Finder.

     

    Moving files around in the Finder risks corrupting the Library.

     

    Moving Photos around in the iPhoto Window has no bearing on where the files on the HD are. It really doesn't matter, as you never access them via the Finder. it's all done via iPhoto.

     

    Best way to think of it: Contacts manages and makes all your email, postal addresses and phone numbers available to you in every application. iPhoto does that for your Photos- but you wouln't try and change your Addressbook outside of the Contacts application, neither would you do this with your photos.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
    the best way to move forward is organize all my pictures in iPhoto (delete the picasa orginals I don't want, delete the personnal photos)

     

    o.k., and, if you have not done so already, I'D strongly advise to create a backup of the setup you have now, before you start the reorganization and start deleting any photos. It is easy to accidentally delete the wrong photos.

     

     

    then create the disk image in the share folder giving both of us permissions.

     

    That should work, yes, for one user at a time,

     

    If I delete a photo in iPhoto, does it delete the actual file on the mac HD?

     

    If you delete a photo from an iPhoto event, iPhoto will delete its copy of the original image file, that has been added to the iPhoto library, together with the edited version of the photo and the thumbnails.

    The default is, that iPhoto copies the photos into the iPhoto library, when you import. The image files outside the library, that have been copied from on import will not be removed, when you delete the copies in iPhoto.

     

    From there I can create a new library on each profile for our personnal photos.

    Yes, that should work.


    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    Messing with the files in the masters folder is bad, correct?

    Don't even think about it!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    I copied my picture files from my windows external HD to my Mac HD (shared folder).  Then imported them to iPhoto.  Now when I import photo directly from my SD card, the files go directly into iPhoto- and aren't stored on where the rest of the photos are.  So do I need to maintain the rest of those picture files in the share folder?

     

    By default, they are copied into the iPhoto Library on import. So, unless you changed a setting that is the case. So, no, you don't need your own filing structure.

     

    Bu are you stuck for space? If not, what's the hurry? iPhoto is a good app, but there is a learning curve, especially coming from Picasa and Windows. It's not necessarily the right app for you. So, explore and play and then decide if it's the system for you.

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