Apple released iPhoto 2.0 for download today, and I’ve had a chance to run it through a few preliminary tests. I’ve been receiving lots of questions about its new data structure. Hopefully this blog will provide you with a few top of mind answers.
First of all, this upgrade seems like mostly good news. iPhoto 2.0 has a hefty list of new features and improvements such as the Enhance and Retouch tools. They are very intuitive, and you’ll be up-to-speed in no time. But we already knew about those goodies, right?
The Upgrade Process
The burning question has been how 2.0 restructures your iPhoto Library, and what will break as a result. Before I get into those details, let me quickly outline the procedure you should follow for this upgrade.
- Before you do anything, back up your iPhoto Library (or libraries) located in the Pictures folder in your Home directory. I used the iPod for this since I keep it with me in my backpack.
- If you have multiple iPhoto Libraries, select the smallest one for testing 2.0. You may even want to create a test library just to be super safe.
- Download version 2.0 from Apple’s iPhoto page. It’s a 32 MB transfer, but the Apple servers seem to be in good shape, and it only took a few minutes (if you have bandwidth to begin with). You can also use Software Update for both iPhoto 2.0 and iMovie 3.0.
- Check out the documentation in the
Read Before You Installfolder, then double-click the
- After the installer has updated your existing iPhoto app, launch iPhoto. It will notify you that it has to update your existing Library. Click OK.
- Check your preferences to make sure they’re set correctly, and start enjoying the new iPhoto!
Library Folder Structure and iPhoto Library Manager
The first thing I did after the install and Library update, was go to my Pictures folder and see what 2.0 did to my iPhoto Library. On the surface it appears that everything is the same. Apparently all the changes are internal.
I then decided to test iPhoto Library Manager 1.0. If everything was the same on the outside (file names, folder structure, etc.), then why wouldn’t the existing version of iPhoto Library Manager work?
Lo and behold, Library Manager allowed me to quit iPhoto, switch libraries, then launch iPhoto again — just as always. (Note here: Be sure to QUIT iPhoto before switching libraries. No Exceptions!)
BetterHTMLExport 1.6.4 Didn’t Fare as Well
Unfortunately, when I tried to create a web page using my favorite plug-in, BetterHTMLExport 1.6.4, it didn’t work. And in fact, having it in the iPhoto 2.0 plug-ins folder seemed to disturb the default web page generator, so I recommend that you pull BetterHTMLExport 1.6.4 out for the time being. Once I removed it, the default generator seemed to work much better.
I’ll continue to test iPhoto 2.0 over the next few days (and get to working on the update for iPhoto: The Missing Manual). But if you carefully back up your data, you should be able to upgrade to iPhoto 2.0 right now and begin enjoying its benefits, including still using iPhoto Library Manager. The exception is, if you need the BetterHTML plug-in, then you might want to hold off until an update for that package is available.
I want to stress that these are only preliminary findings. Please use the TalkBacks below to share new information as we discover it.