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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6 Apps
One problem I've had since installing iPhoto 6 is that I don't have as much control of the zoom slider as I used to. That is, in iPhoto 5 I could zoom and make two photos appear side-by-side in the thumbnail view, but not in iPhoto 6. So I went playing with the preferences file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, located in your user's Library/Preferencse folder ... and found the solution.

There is a parameter named MaxThumbSize. Increase the associated number, and you'll have more finite control over the zoom. However, you'll probably need to try a few different numbers order to find the right value.

Whilst looking around in the file, I found a few other interesting and/or useful things:
  • AlbumViewLargeAppearance: default is No (false), switch this on and the album icons become larger (possibly useful if you have a 30" display at a high res?)

  • ShowFullScreenToolbar: default is No (false), but switch this one, and the toolbar at the bottom of the screen in full screen mode stays visible, rather than only appearing when you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen.

  • ShowFullScreenThumbnails: Just like the toolbar setting above, but for the thumbnail bar at the top of the screen.
Have fun playing!

[robg adds: You can edit the file in the Terminal if you don't have the Developer Tools installed. Just remember to convert it to XML format first with plutil -convert xml1 com.apple.iPhoto.plist. You can also set the values directly from the command line via defaults write, but I'll leave that as an exercise for the commenters :).]
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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: b3studios on Feb 02, '06 07:25:16AM

You can make the thumbnails and the toolbar stay onscreen in fullscreen edit mode without changing any pref. files.

while in fullscreen mode, mouse up to the top so that the thumbnails show up.
select view from the menubar, and choose show thumbnails and show toolbar.



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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: zed on Feb 02, '06 07:32:57AM
ok if you insist...
 defaults write com.apple.iPhoto AlbumViewLargeAppearance -bool yes 
Cheers,
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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: baltwo on Feb 02, '06 04:55:28PM

Interesting topic. Now, can someone point to where these "hidden" defaults are stored or enumerated?



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defaults write
Authored by: moritzh on Feb 03, '06 09:27:49AM
The defaults write method directly writes into the plist file mentioned in the hint, it's just a convenient method to modify the file. There is also defaults read to simply display some preferences (without needing to convert them from binary). More info can be found by typing man defaults in the terminal.

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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: mclbruce on Feb 02, '06 07:46:04AM

HUDOpacity can be changed to 1.0 to make the adjustment window solid instead of translucent.



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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: Kosice on Feb 02, '06 02:37:10PM

Do you know if a setting can be apply to avoid having K. Burn effect enabled by default when creating new slide shows?

Thanks



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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: markformac on Feb 02, '06 10:09:49PM

I created a download link for the developer tool Property List Editor to make it easier to change plist files

[link removed]

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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: sugarquay on Feb 03, '06 05:47:30AM
Pref Setter is a slightly more 'attractive' and user-friendly .plist file editor, downloadable for free from apple.com here.

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disclaimer
Authored by: mclbruce on Feb 04, '06 08:03:45AM

"downloadable for free from apple.com"

That's a little bit misleading. Apple did not make this software and does not endorse it. The real web site for the program is located here:

http://homepage.mac.com/darkshadow02/index.html



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edit plist with vim command line editor
Authored by: moritzh on Feb 03, '06 09:30:05AM

Using a script I wrote for vim, you can edit the binary plist files with the described conversions from/to binary happening automatically in the background, as described in a hint here on this site.

This is nice if you are the curious type of person and want to browse aroung in the plist a bit at the same time to see if there are any other interesting keys you tewak. If you just want to change a single key, the above mentioned method with defaults write is undoubtedly the fastest.

-Moritz Heckscher



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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: Old Toad on Feb 03, '06 10:19:31AM
Another, very easy to use, application for these "hidden" preferences is Pref Setter.

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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: Eukaryote on Feb 06, '06 09:14:59PM

If the only thing that you're attempting to do is get two pictures side by side, then you might want to try this.

Go to full screen mode, then open one photo. On the bottom menu, on the left side, there is a "Compare" button that will let you bring up two photos right next to each other. I thought this was an ingenious and cool feature.



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Set some hidden preferences in iPhoto 6
Authored by: xcarobx on May 14, '06 03:31:40AM

This was a really nice hint, however, I understand why Apple made the default MaxThumbSize 360.
Whenever I set it to a higher value I can make the thumbnails bigger but if a thumb is only partly visible then it will disapear, it will not even reapear when scrolled into view.
Only when clicked or when you scroll one thumb past where it should have came inteo full view will it reappear.

Anybody got a fix for this?
I run my display at 1600x1200, could it be the thumbnail cache is too small or not able to handle the size/data?

B.t.w. I used this in the terminal to set the value:
[code]defaults write com.apple.iPhoto MaxThumbSize -int 360[/code]
Change 360 to whatever you like.



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