How to Manage Large Image Libraries with iPhoto 2
Subject:   RE: WHY won't iPhoto scale?
Date:   2003-06-18 06:35:36
From:   anonymous2
Response to: RE: WHY won't iPhoto scale?

Hi Derrick,

Thank you for excellent articles, great books and instant inspiration.

I believe that problems with slow performance of iPhoto are rather not related directly to the size of library but to amount of computations required for screen rendering. So you can have really big library and work efficiently just by reducing the amount of photos that iPhoto is rendering on the screen. The best approach is to sort photos by film rolls and then just then click the triangle next to a film roll to hide any photos you're not using.

Using this simple technique I was able to work efficiently with libraries of about 3GB on my PBG4 1GHz.

with best regards

Grzegorz Lucki
Krakow, Poland

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: WHY won't iPhoto scale?
    2003-06-18 08:28:55  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hi Grzegorz, Yes, this is an excellent tip. I forgot to mention it in the article, but you're absolutely right. Thanks for chiming in.
    • RE: WHY won't iPhoto scale?
      2003-08-04 09:14:48  rohidas [View]

      I just had a question regarding your recent discussion of iPhoto performance. And that is, will adding more RAM to my G4/400 make any difference? I have 256MB now, and am experiencing very sluggish operation when just working on one film roll, with others closed. One poster said that the main problem was really screen re-draws, and so closing all other rolls would help. But when I import let's say 100 shots from my Nikon D100, it takes forever just to open a shot at larger size, close it and view another. Will doubling my RAM at least make this bearable?