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Tiger only hintAfter burning a project's iPhoto 5 Library to DVD, I experimented with turning it into a catalog. Using Spotlight, I first found and deleted all folders named Original (caution: iPhoto movies are stored in these folders).

Next, again using Spotlight, I deleted every image whose 'pixel width' was greater than 240 (iPhoto's thumbnail size). Now the library contained only the thumbnails, and was a small fraction of its former size. iPhoto opened this library as normal, and while browsing, pressing '2' sets the view to the max thumbnail size. (If you use larger thumbnails, iPhoto shows pixelation, so iPhoto must enlarge thumbs when it can't find the real picture.) Also, you can still add new albums and keywords for further organization, although slideshows are a no-go, so you can have a convenient online catalog for your offline iPhoto media.

I think this might also work with an ongoing Library. Say, on an annual basis (iPhoto's folder structure makes this easy for Spotlight) you burn the year's photos to DVD then delete the pics, maybe leaving just the five-star pics for slideshows and desktop pictures, etc. You can still browse all your image thumbs for handy reference to your offline pictures.

[robg adds: It should go without saying, but just to make sure it's crystal clear. This hint will delete images within your iPhoto library! If you are going to experiment with this, please make sure you have a current backup of your iPhoto library before starting!]
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Authored by: Old Toad on Jan 23, '06 09:44:03AM

Although requiring an upgrade to iLife 06 it should be noted that iPhoto 6's feature of using aliases instead of copying the full files into the library make it possible to "catalog" photos on disks and view them when the disk is not mounted. When the disk is then mounted you have a full, operating library.

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Authored by: treck on Jan 23, '06 07:19:13PM

iPhoto 6's feature of using aliases instead of copying the full files...

Could you explain this a little clearer?


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Authored by: dudemac on Jan 24, '06 05:47:25AM

Basically if you want you can go to preferences - advanced and uncheck Copy files to iPhoto Library folder when adding to Library. What this does is if you have files on a disc, so far seems to work with any mounted disk. It makes Alias's of the images and then makes thumbnails. If you happen to have a large backup on offline storage disk, when this disk is not mounted iPHoto still can use the thumbnails in the library to keyword, name, rate... etc. (can't edit). If you want to edit or use the photos in other ways simply mount the disk, even with iPhoto running and now you have full access to the images. Kind of like what this hint suggested. But it requires no extra work on your part.
I suggest that you make sure that the above is Checked if you are used to the way iPhoto copies photos to the library folder. I say this because reading through the forums on apples site it seems that a lot of people are deleting files that have not been copied into the library folder.
Hope this was clearer for you.

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Authored by: treck on Jan 24, '06 06:44:20AM

Thanks! Now I get it.


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Authored by: n8gray on Jan 25, '06 01:20:56AM

If you uncheck that option then what happens to photos that are imported from your camera?

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