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Use pictures stored anywhere with iPhoto6
Authored by: sjk on Jan 24, '06 08:42:22PM

Good question. I'd test it, too, but I don't have iPhoto 6 handy (i.e. at all, yet). My hunch is that if importing is enabled with the new "Copy files to iPhoto Library" preference unset then it would copy them into the internal library folder hierarchy as if the pref were unset. iTunes works like that when its "Copy file to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" is set and content is added via iTMS or Podcasts.

I'm also wondering if they'd be any unforeseeable negative side effects of toggling the new iPhoto 6 "Copy ..." preference while managing a single library. For example, I might like to normally have it set (pre-iPhoto 6 behavior), then unset it to add more content to the library without copying it (e.g. random stuff under ~/Pictures), then set it again.

Derrick Story has a recent article on his O'Reilly weblog(?) explaining what happened when editing images in iPhoto 6 when the "Copy ..." preference is unset. Basically, it creates a copy under the internal library hierarchy.

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