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Feature crippling needs to be considered when upgrading iLife apps
Authored by: genem on Apr 19, '09 12:06:33PM

Why would they take this feature away? I used it every time I printed to photo paper. It's getting so that I'm very hesitant to upgrade my iLife apps anymore. Is there anyway to run both old and new versions of iPhoto like iMovie I wonder?

Related thought: I wonder if this move increased photo album orders?

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Feature crippling needs to be considered when upgrading iLife apps
Authored by: jiclark on Apr 19, '09 12:53:36PM

Yes, you can run more than one version of iPhoto at a time. The trick is to move the current version into it's own folder ("iPhoto'06", for instance), before installing an alternate version.

Of course, there are other gotchas: mainly that you'll need separate copies of your iPhoto Library to use with the different versions of iPhoto. For example, I would making a duplicate of your existing iPhoto Library in your Pictures folder, and rename it "iPhoto Library '06". Then, let's say you install iPhoto '08; when you open it for the first time it will update your old "iPhoto Library" to work with the new version. From then on, hold down the Option key whenever you open a particular version of iPhoto and it will ask you to choose which Library to open. Navigate to your Pictures folder and choose the appropriate one. If you accidentally choose the wrong one, the program will ask if you want to update the Library; just hit Cancel, and try again.

This is how I deal with teaching classes covering all the different versions of iPhoto. It's a bit of pain to manage the various Libraries, but once you do it for a bit you'll get used to it...

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