3295 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 5, 2007 10:11 AM by Old Toad
No there isn't anyway to password protect an album or a library in iPhoto. The best I can suggest is that you create a new library (hold down the option (or alt) key and launch iPhoto. Use the dialogue to create the new library) and save it to an encrypted disk image or other secure location.
There is a way you can do it. Create a password protected Disk Image of a size that will contain your iPhoto Library folder with room to grow. To use iPHoto you'll have to open the disk image and then launch iPhoto. It's a little clumsy but works very well. If you use iPhoto Library Manager you can have a protected library and an open one and easily move between the two and copy photos also.
Protected disk images are great for protecting sensitive data files. If your computer ever has to go in for service they will be protected from prying eyes.
TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.
I've written an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB file backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.