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Speed up iPhoto '09 by turning off item counts
Authored by: babbage on May 01, '09 12:13:27PM

I love how, every time, the comment as it gets published is subtly different from the text I actually submitted :-/

I think the limiting factor is more likely to be the size of the iPhoto library, not the speed of the computer. bhagemann has an iPhoto library nearly twice as large as mine, and so no benefit from this change, even though his computer is quite a bit faster than mine. Normally, one would expect a faster computer to run faster, other things being equal. In this case, the much larger library is probably relevant.

There's a line of thinking that it makes sense to break up very large iPhoto libraries, and select the one you want to work with when you launch the program. So, for example, make a new one every year, and if you want to access older material, select the library for that year when you launch iPhoto.

Personally, I don't like this approach, just because I like having it all in one place, and don't want to keep track of when a photo I might be looking for was taken. I think this concern is amplified with iPhoto '09, where it becomes handy to have one database of faces & places that scans across your entire library. If you split up your library, you're looking at duplication of effort to fill that out for each separate chunk of your library.

Still, if your library has gotten *that* big, maybe it's time to bite the bullet and consider going to multiple libraries.

That, or learn to prune the thing :-)



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