6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2013 11:56 PM by Terence Devlin
gritzildino Level 1 (0 points)

Basically my mom and I have macbooks. On her iphoto I spent a lot of time organizing her library... I thought this is nice i will just share this library with mine and mine will be organized.... Unfortunately when I imported pictures from her mac I found it difficult to drag the pictures over so that they stayed organzed in the same albums... And also I spent a long time tagging peoples faces and not of that info seemed to be transfered over... 

I shared my moms macbook and mine through wifi sharing... is there a better way so that all the Faces and other info are transfered over... Basically there are albums and smart albums on her computer I want on mine.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    The only way to get that data from one iPhoto Library to another is with the paid version of iPhoto Library Manager


    Or, use Aperture instead.

  • gritzildino Level 1 (0 points)

    :/ what happeneds when you get a new Mac!? Don't they transfer all your iPhoto libraries from your old Mac to your new Mac.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,089 points)

    You can transfer the iPhoto library in its entirity to a new system and have exactly what you had on teh previous system



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    As Larry says, moving a library is easy, but that's not what you want to do, apparently.

  • gritzildino Level 1 (0 points)

    Well... Yes.. I would assume if it transfers all your library it would also transfer all your albums too...?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    You talk about sharing the library, you talk about importing pictures, dragging pictures over, transferring Faces over, wanting Albums and Smart Albums on here library to also be on yours. Nowhere do you say you want to move her Library to your machine.


    That's easy.


    To move an iPhoto Library to a new machine:


    Link the two Macs together: there are several ways to do this: Wireless Network,Firewire Target Disk Mode, Ethernet, or even just copy the Library to an external HD and then on to the new machine...


    But however you do choose to link the two machines...


    Simply copy the iPhoto Library from the Pictures Folder on the old Machine to the Pictures Folder on the new Machine.


    Then launch iPhoto. That's it.


    This moves photos, events, albums, books, keywords, slideshows and everything else.