Mac Gems Weblog: Manage iPhoto Libraries
Posted 19 October 2006 - 02:33 PM
Have too many photos for a single iPhoto Library? Or looking for a way to manage several Libraries? iPhoto Library Manager is here to help. [more]
I've used iPhoto Buddy and it works really well too. And it's donationware.
Now that I use Aperture, I don't have much use for iPhoto any more. But it does serve a purpose now and then. /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Posted 19 October 2006 - 09:41 PM
Posted 20 October 2006 - 07:58 AM
After scouring through iPhoto's help I went through the cumbersome process of shifting the main library from my boot drive to one of my secondary volumes. After creating a second library it then promptly ignored it and keeps congesting the boot volume till I run out of virtual disk space. This is the sort of thing Windows 95 used to do!
Unlabeled key options were always a bad way of managing software, until Apple brought out the New, Improved OSX. Now it seems THE Apple way to do things. Libraries could be managed using preferences or a visible menu option, but then that would be too obvious.
Another weirdness in iPhoto is the inability to copy and paste the photo you are looking at in certain views. Again too obvious for Apple. You have to switch views or export the @#$% thing.
Whilst these tips are great and much appreciated, I can't help wondering, why ARE they necessary?
Posted 21 October 2006 - 02:59 PM
I prefer the streamlined approach of iView Media Pro, which was lightning fast and nondestructive. Unfortunately iView became increasingly Windowsesque over time. Who knows if iView has any future now that it's in Redmond purgatory?
I grow tired of turning off the Ken Burns effect and the banjo music every time I make a slideshow, but repeated exposure induces vomiting.
Whatever happend to program transparency and a decent U.I.? iPhoto leaves me wanting.
Posted 21 October 2006 - 09:46 PM
That is what makes it so frustrating. The back end is a thoroughbred race horse and the front end is a mule!!!
If the iTunes model is so good why can't Apple just consistently implement it in its other iLife applications?
1. Store images, individually, labelled from inside iPhoto, in clearly labeled folders, just like iTunes
2. Label images with clear multiple attributes like iTunes and not hide the lists in preferences
3. Clear up the interface particularly with changing views
4. Let users do the obvious, such as cut, copy images which are in front of them
5. Clean up the interface which keeps switching and changing and has undecipherable icons (sometimes visible)
6. Let the user decide where they want the iPhoto collection to be stored in either preferences or by a simple Save-as
7. Sort out the dumbass way it does or doesn't label rolls as you import them
8. Not switch to iPhoto every time I save an image from somewhere (makes it tediously slow)
9. Provide for pdf Proof sheets of "rolls" or collections.
Just a few thoughts which could extend to the rest of Apple's OSX apps as well. All of which could do with a lot less obscurity, better tutorials, clearer interfaces and greater consistency.
Posted 23 April 2007 - 07:01 PM
Posted 23 April 2007 - 07:42 PM
And while we're at it, why is iPhoto's only print option a mail-order bound book? Wouldn't it be nice if I could print these print-hostage images on MY PRINTER? Unless I have missed something, iPhoto is worthless for those of us who'd like some semblance of flexibility in printing photos.
I'm not sure what you mean. I have no problem printing photos -- on my own printer -- in iPhoto. As with most apps, you just select a photo (or photos) and choose File -> Print.
Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:00 AM
If anyone wants to use the app, it's available for free at:
Posted 19 June 2012 - 12:24 AM
Do you know how to get rid of keywords and albums that appear in one library, which shouldn't be there? For example this only shows within the sharing pane of another iphoto library when looking at my iphoto library.