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leonard55 Level 1 (0 points)

I just installed the latest OSX Mavericks update and iPhoto '11 9.5 and it appears that the old Mac-to-Mac sharing is gone! I don't see a Sharing tab on Preferences any more and none of our other Macs running iPhoto are listed in the sidebar.


If it's really gone, I wonder what Apple expects people to use instead? iCloud doesn't do the job because it's only the last 1000 photos (at best), so you can't see old photos.

iPhoto '11, OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,314 points)

    You can create Shared Photo Streams with iPhoto that can either be limitied to invitees or open the the public. Photos can be downloaded from those shared streams also.




  • leonard55 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the info on creating a Photo Stream.


    I read the Apple support article on limits and it appears that I can add my 8,000 photos to a Photo Stream. However, to use those photos, don't they all have to then be downloaded from iClound onto each of the other Macs? That's currently about 50GB of photos. And I have a few Macs, so each of them will have to have all the photos from the other Macs, so it could quickly swell to a few hundred GB of photos duplicated on each Mac.


    I think the old Mac-to-Mac sharing was quite a bit more space efficient.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,314 points)

    I believe that if you setup a shared PS those invited to view it can post photos also.  That would get around having all of the photos on one Mac.  I've not done any sharing with others so can't comment from experience.

  • Freezex Level 1 (0 points)

    Its pretty interesting that i cannot share my photo library over a home network, or between a multi user Mac. Photo Stream and iCloud is not a solution for this. This is kinda overkill!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,883 points)

    You can still share your library on a Multi-User Mac. Photostream is a way of sharing your Photos...

  • Justin Janson Level 1 (0 points)

    Photostream is not the way to keep my MBP and Mac Mini libraries in sync. The old Mac-to-Mac sharing was really straightforward and a lot faster. Photostream is nice for having your iPhone and iPad photos on all your Apple devices. Keeping two iPhoto libraries synchronized is a whole other story.


    Apple, I know you guys are kinda busy right now. But please give us back Mac-to-Mac sharing.



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,883 points)

    iPhoto Menu -> Provide iPhoto Feedback


    is the route to the developers.


    That said, iPhoto sharing wouldn't keep libraries in sync in any fashion.

  • Justin Janson Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the tip Terence. Will do that.


    Well, sharing did the trick for me. I just manualy copied new events I made from one to another. The situation with Photostream is: I just went on holiday and brought back a camera with 5GB of photos. I import them in iPhoto in my MBP. Now here comes the funny part. I have to share the 5GB over the internet. Upload 5GB from one machine, download 5GB on the other. And they are located just 10 meters across the room. Photostream is really too time consuming for this kind of stuff.



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,314 points)

    There is an app that can sync one library with another, i.e. just the original photos. It's called SyncPhotos


    It compares the two libraries and imports those photos in Library A that are not in Library B into B.  It does the same for A. However, I don't know if it's compatible with Mavericks and iPhoto 9.5.  If you have current backups of both libraries you can give it a try.


    It does not include any keywords, titles, descriptions that may have been assigned to any of the photos nor any edited versions.  Just the masters.


    For copying between libraries and including metadata, edited versions, places, etc. you should use the paid version of  iPhoto Library Manager.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,883 points)

    Well iPhoto Sharing would only have got the iPhoto previews to the other machine. But I certainly agree that uploading/downloading 5 gigs of data seems like overkill.


    Two suggestions: If the machines are that close why not sneakernet them over - either import from the camera cards to both machines or export from one to a flash drive, import to the other. Neither of which would be much more work.




    Use File Sharing: Assuming they are networked -  Export from one and share them over to the other, import them. If they're not then use AirDrop to get them over.

  • Freezex Level 1 (0 points)

    Local sharing works fine in iTunes, i can access my entire iMac music library on my iPhone and MBA without duplicating or syncing anything. The music plays from the original location over the LAN, very simple. My photo library is over 100GB, so this is the only acceptable way for sharing.

  • jb4m00n Level 1 (0 points)

    I am exactly in the same situation. iTunes works great with home sharing, why can't they do the same for iPhoto?


    In my case my mac mini is used as the "media center" where I store all my music and pictures. From the MBA or iPad I can then access my iTunes library over home sharing without the need to sync or duplicate the library. It would sound logical to me that I could do the same with photos and be able to access my mac mini iPhoto library over home sharing.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,883 points)

    Because iTunes is simple - no edits, no versions, no version history... iPhoto is a much more complex database.

  • jb4m00n Level 1 (0 points)

    Good point, although in my case I would only require a read only access.


    But anyway, correct me if I am wrong, wasn't that feature present on previous versions? On my mac mini which is not yet updated there is a "Share library" feature in the settings that looks a lot like "home sharing".


    It sounds to me that Apple considered that iCloud is good enough for everyone to share photos, they maybe didn't consider people who have very large library and only wishes to share over local network, in which case iCloud doesn't really fit.

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