Don't get me wrong-- I like the user experience that I get from iPhoto. In fact, I think it's a marvelous program.<br><br>But yesterday I wiped the HD of my 800 G4 iMac and reinstalled everything, and in the end I elected to transfer only my photo collection along with a few key documents as a means of conservation.<br><br>Now-- when I sync the iPhone or iPod to my MBP I see that the 2359 photos in my library use 1.48 gigs of space. Pretty reasonable, right? I mean-- it's not like I've been shooting in RAW for most of my life-- and a lot of those pics are lousy low res iPhone pix.<br><br>So can anyone tell me why, when it came tome to transfer my iPhoto Library to the iMac I came across THIS?<br><br><br><br>Why, in Gods name, does that folder need to be that huge?<br><br>And yes, this figure is after having run iPhoto Diet. <br><br>
As far as I can tell the problem is that iPhoto saves pictures in three different files. First is the Data file, which seems to be a thumbnail (larger really than thumbnails) of all the pictures in iPhoto. Then there's the Modified file, which is where any changed pictures are stored. Then there's the Originals file, which is where the original upload of images goes, and which saves the original picture in case you want to revert to that from the modified image. So for some pictures there are three copies in the iPhoto folder, two of them full-sized documents.<br><br>   
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Yeah-- I was just exploring the, shall we say arcane manner by which iPhoto does its thing, and I had to get out of there before I got a really bad headache.<br><br>I'm sure that there is a perfectly good reason for it being as it is. But that reason really escapes me.<br><br>
Its the sacrifice for ease of use. You can make as many changes to a photo you like, and with the right-click of a button be returned to the original, un-altered image.<br><br>The way I look at is: all the money you used to spend on film and processing is more than enough to buy a very large hard drive, or two.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I'm sure that there is a perfectly good reason for it being as it is. But that reason really escapes me.<p><hr></blockquote><p>No. There really isn't a good reason.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Its the sacrifice for ease of use. You can make as many changes to a photo you like, and with the right-click of a button be returned to the original, un-altered image.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Yeah, but you could do that before without a single multi-gig file. It was easier to backup and manage when it was multiple folders containing individual files, rather than one giant database file.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>The way I look at is: all the money you used to spend on film and processing is more than enough to buy a very large hard drive, or two.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Not to mention that you don't have to put up with some pimple-squeezing putz behind the counter deciding if the photo of your one-year-old sitting in the bath tub is considered pornography and calling the cops on you.<br><br><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheGraphicMac/~6/1">[img]http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheGraphicMac.1.gif" alt="The Graphic Mac: OSX & design community" style="border:0[/img]</a><br><br>
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