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How to speed up a slow iPhoto library

Christopher Breen | March 18, 2014
Reader Marty Schettler is unimpressed with iPhoto's speed. He writes:

Now launch iPhoto Library Manager and click the Create Library button in the top-left corner of the window. Give the album a descriptive name — 2010 Photos, for example — and click Create.

Select the iPhoto Library entry (this reflects your current iPhoto library along with all the events, albums, projects, and slideshows it contains) and then locate the smart album you just created. Drag this album to the album you made in iPhoto Library Manager. It will then set about copying those images to a new album (this can take a long time and tie up your Mac if you're moving a lot of images). Repeat the process if you want to create additional libraries.

If you'd simply like to browse your images you can do that directly within iPLM. Just launch it and select an album. The images it contains will appear as thumbnails to the right.

When you want to work with one of these libraries in iPhoto you have two options for doing so. You can launch iPhoto Library Manager and double-click on the library you want to view. It will open in iPhoto. Alternatively, you can hold down the Option key while launching iPhoto. Do so and you'll be prompted to choose a library.


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