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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases Apps
Apple already has a support document explaining how to do this. They have it basically correct: you copy the files to a folder, then burn the files from that folder. The problem: you're copying a bunch of files from one place to another one the same drive, which takes a long time and uses up disk space -- which you may not even have free. For example, I just needed to burn 1,080 photos to a DVD, total size about 3GB.

Thankfully, there's a good solution for power users, which I documented on my blog, and will repeat here for macosxhints' readers:
  1. In iPhoto:
    1. Select the photos you want to burn. I recommend using an album, but that's your call.
    2. Choose Share -> Desktop
  2. Close the System Preferences app when it pops up
  3. In Finder:
    1. Control-click in a folder or the desktop and choose New Burn Folder from the pop-up menu.
    2. Open a Finder window and navigate to: »Users » your_username » Pictures » iPhoto Library » iPhoto Selection
    3. Select all the items in the folder, and drag them onto the Burn Folder.
    4. Open your Burn Folder and start the burn normally.
There! You've burned your photos to a disk the way it should always work: using aliases. No needlessly duplicating files on your hard disk just to burn them.

[robg adds: When you're done, you'll probably want to change your desktop picture back to whatever it was you were using before.]
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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: rhowell on Jan 30, '07 08:19:49AM

Well, I wish I was in front of my Mac right now, but I'm guessing the following will work too. What happens when you create a new Burn Folder on your Desktop and drag photos from iPhoto into the new Burn Folder? Aren't sym-links created, just as they are when you drag other files into Burn Folders?



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: noworryz on Jan 30, '07 09:47:58AM

No, not unless you hold down Command + Option after dragging but before letting go. Otherwise, the files themselves are copied. Why? Because nobody FTFF.



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: osxfan57 on Jan 30, '07 08:31:24AM

What? I don't get this. First, the System Preferences app doesn't pop up. Second, how does one open a Finder window and navigate to: &rquoa;Users &rquoa; your_username &rquoa; Pictures &rquoa; iPhoto Library &rquoa; iPhoto Selection. After getting to this step, I did a search and could find nothing anywhere on my hard disk named &rquoa.
What am I overlooking? Thanks.

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G5 2.5GHz 1.5Gb RAM, OS 10.4.8



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: aardvarko on Jan 30, '07 08:47:16AM

Look, the &rquoa; business is pretty clearly a formatting mistake. Navigate to User -> yourname -> etc.



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: Old Toad on Jan 30, '07 09:02:23AM

Why mak

In addition, if a user doesn't have enough room on his HD to a temporary 3G folder then they've got some serious problems up ahead.



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: noworryz on Jan 30, '07 09:44:43AM

Here's a simpler way:

  1. Create a new burn folder on your desktop; e.g., by right-clicking on it.
  2. Select some photos in iPhoto.
  3. Click+drag the photos over to the burn folder but, before letting go, hold down Command and Option.

That's it!

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I can't make cmd-opt-dragging work ;(
Authored by: sadyhr on Jan 31, '07 12:39:34AM

Hi
I'm using iPhoto 6.0.5 on OS X Tiger 10.4.8, and when I try your hint about cmd-alt-dragging photos - I just get a "Stop"-sign for my mouse-marker insted of the curly arrow, I would expect when dragging and making and alias of my photos.
Any suggestions?

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/Sebastian



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I can't make cmd-opt-dragging work ;(
Authored by: noworryz on Jan 31, '07 02:25:49PM

Did you press Command+Option after you started dragging but before you let go on top of the burn folder? You used Command+Option, not Control+Option, right? It works with iPhoto 6.0.5 and OSX 10.4.8 on a MacBook Pro -- that's what I have.



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I couldn't make cmd-opt-dragging work ;(
Authored by: sadyhr on Feb 02, '07 10:08:49AM

Oh, I've tried once again. It was the right method I used, BUT - it was with pictures, that have been edited - turned around, changed contrast and the like - and then it wouldn't work. I then tried some pictures, I haven't manipulated in iPhoto, and it then works perfectly making aliases in my new burn folder.
Thanx for your time.

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/Sebastian



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Sorry my mistake
Authored by: sadyhr on Feb 02, '07 12:31:12PM

Hi
I'm very sorry to have bothered you. I now know, why I couldn't make the pictures go as aliases to the burn folder. The weren't there at all. The thumbs was in iPhoto; but the originals had vanished from my disk due to some strange behavior.
So the advice works as described.
Thanks.

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/Sebastian



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: avi4now on Jan 31, '07 06:43:03AM

As the submitter of the hint, I just want to say: if this alternate approach does work, it's obviously better. Haven't tried it myself yet though.
Thanks!



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: mrhippo on Jan 30, '07 11:52:28AM

Use the export command to export the selected photos and select the CD/DVD as the destination. Burn the disc from the finder.



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: noworryz on Jan 30, '07 02:27:44PM

Not the same thing. Exporting to DVD creates an iPhoto library on the DVD, not a flat collection of files.



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: yubbie2 on Jan 30, '07 03:25:06PM

i don't know what this hint did, but now i can't get my desktop to display any other pictures than the ones i tested this hint with for more than about 30 seconds. it keeps switching back!

it's like its stuck in slideshow mode, and anything i do in system preferences gets overwritten by iphoto.

grrrr *grumble* grrrr



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Burn a disc of iPhoto images for Windows via aliases
Authored by: yubbie2 on Jan 30, '07 03:49:42PM

update: well, apple repair document #301938 clued me in that this is actually a bug. fiddling around with the settings then logging out/in seems to have fixed it.



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