Has anyone split the iphoto database into a hierarchy, thereby segmenting storage requirements? I tried to break it into four sections so I can keep this years and key photos on my laptop and the rest segmented into four different catagories. I don't seem to be having much luck in that the original iphoto database is still over 130GB and I have over 12,000 pictures and growing. I have Aperature too but It doesn't seem to help. I purchased a product called iPhotoManager but it doesn't seem to reduce the size of the original IPhoto library.
I really don't want to carry around an external hard drive with me everywhere when the purpose of havng a laptop to me is being mobile and travelling light.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. This is the first time I submitted anything to an Apple forum. The combination of remarks I think will work quite fine. Some suggestions like image backups I have been doing forever, a couple days ago I purchased iPhoto Library Manager. I may eventually get a raid drive to minimize loss of externally stored data including photos.
I would dispute Terences comment about it not being possible to loose pictures the database, I have been in the IT industry in many different rolls for over 38 years and any piece of software which is written by a human or generated by a machine will do exactly what it is told to do not necesrily what you want it to do. I agree you should never loose pictures from an Iphoto database, but I am telling you that I have.
As for my personal opinion.... Albums, Smart albums and folders won't work for me for catagorization in the long term. However moving my current IPhoto library to an offline device in the short term will work, if I setup a blank library on my laptop that will completely solve my storage problems on my laptop quickly. When new projects come along I will work with them in IPhoto and Aperture and on completion I will use iPhoto Library Manager to move the events to there desired location on the external drive whih will obviously be backed up.
Thank you all again for your help.