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Easily load different photo libraries in iPhoto '09 Apps
Finally now with iPhoto '09, you can simply double-click on an iPhoto Library in the Finder to load that library. No more need for third party apps to switch libraries, although they seem to still work just fine with this version.
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Easily load different photo libraries in iPhoto '09
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Feb 04, '09 08:39:19AM

Keep in mind, throughout the system (media side panel, desktop/wallpaper images, etc) you will only have access to the library you most recently activated. So you can't have a library for just your wallpapers and one for just your family photos and be able to use either for your desktop (which sucks imho).



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Easily load different photo libraries in iPhoto '09
Authored by: critcol on Feb 04, '09 09:11:28AM

Which is why you lock the iapps plist so that the primary iphoto library will show up through out the OS instead of the secondary one.

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iApps.plist



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Just Press OPTION
Authored by: mrfoxxman on Feb 04, '09 08:39:28AM

You have always been able to do this (at least in the last several versions of iPhoto) simply by holding OPTION key down when launching iPhoto...it will allow you to create a new Library or choose an exisiting one.



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Just Press OPTION
Authored by: Watchful on Feb 04, '09 09:13:46AM

I was just about to say this... this has been true for a long time with the Option key. And in the previous version of iPhoto, libraries became double clickable (before that they were just seen as a folder by the Finder)... this is not new to iPhoto '09.



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Just Press OPTION
Authored by: critcol on Feb 04, '09 09:15:40AM

Yes, you could hold Option when opening iPhoto to manually choose a secondary iPhoto Library.

What this hint is saying is that in pre-iPhoto '09, if you were to double-click an iPhoto Library in the Finder, pre-iPhoto '09 would open the default iPhoto Library listed here: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iApps.plist.

In iPhoto '09, double-clicking an iPhoto Library will open the iPhoto Library that was double clicked, ignoring the default iPhoto Library.

This slight change makes it much easier to manage multiple iPhoto Libraries in the Finder rather than forcing the user to use a third-party app or forcing the user to hold OPTION and then hunt for their desired iPhoto Library.



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Easily load different photo libraries in iPhoto '09
Authored by: cfasnacht on Feb 04, '09 10:24:24AM

Does this work with iPhoto Libraries located on your home network? Or do they have to be on the machine itself?

I've been using iPhoto Buddy it would just be nice to not have to worry about using a third party app to have my library on a home server.



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Easily load different photo libraries in iPhoto '09
Authored by: cwanja on Feb 04, '09 10:50:15AM

I would imagine that it would be used in the same form and fashion. I don't however believe you can open a library on two different machines at the same time.

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Easily load different photo libraries in iPhoto '09
Authored by: antoine.leygonie on Feb 04, '09 12:57:14PM

I use "iPhoto Library Manager" wich can also move all the pictures of one Album (or Event) from one iPhoto Library to another.

Can we do it in iPhoto 09 without this third party app ?




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What about backups?
Authored by: vincentvw on Feb 05, '09 01:15:01AM

Related to the home-network question, does this now mean that you can finally back up smaller libraries to DVD and just start them from there (with the understanding that manipulating pictures won't work)?



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Easily load different photo libraries in iPhoto '09
Authored by: ChrisH3677 on Feb 11, '09 02:47:25PM

And if you press the Option key when launching iPhoto 09, it presents a list of libraries to choose from, rather than making you search for them.

Does anyone know how to make that the default beahviour though? Beacuse when I plug a camera or card in, it I don't want it to automatically launch the last library used. It doesn't matter though,, I can keep on using iPhoto Buddy.



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