Shared iPhoto library across wired Network- %$#@$%^&!!!!

Started Aug 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
D Alchemist
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Re: 1. Don't use iPhoto 2. Do use a server.
In reply to bondiblue, Aug 14, 2012

I use Aperture for PP.

Thanks for the tips, but...

Tried 3a)- cannot maintain access reliably if you ever turn off/sleep host computer.
3b) $1k to start. Not in the budget.

bondiblue wrote:

What you are running into is nothing new, it is the problem of providing access to multiple users to a shared resource. This is what file servers have been all about for small to medium companies for the past 30 years.

Basically:

1. There is no solution where each user keeps their stuff in iPhoto on individual macs.

2. Use iPhoto to choose/edit/tweak/crop images but when you are done, export the "keepers" that you want to show as files in a folder. Probably 90% of the original images aren't fit for showing and should be trashed anyway.

This is where iPhoto/Aperture/Lightroom do have a role to play, but don't rely on them for long term storage or providing a convenient way to share access.

3. You need to decide where you will host the 'shared" images that all can see or contribute to. Either:

a) If you have a primary mac that is also backed up (typical of a small home-office setup) create a folder in users/shared ... and turn on file sharing in the system preferences, giving users access to that.

b) consider investing in a Mac Mini with OSX Lion Server, and configure all the users to connect to this when they are at home. Add a backup drive and encourage all to use this to store files instead of their local internal HDD's, like you would in any corporate environment. And lastly, make sure it has a backup configured so you don't lose everything if the HDD fails.

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