iPhoto Replacement?

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    Posted: 10 May 2010 10:24 PM

    I have a huge photo library and iPhoto is so slow it is driving me crazy.  I use Lightroom for pro photos, but iPhoto for the family snapshots.

    Should I use Lightroom for the family snaps too? 

    Does anyone have a suggestion for a better photo database?  How about Aperture?

    Thanks,

    aviduser

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  • Posted: 11 May 2010 11:25 AM #1

    Hi,

    I have an Aperture library that is about 400GB. On my 24” iMac it took awhile for it to open. When i updated to Snow Leopard it took noticeable less time to open. Upgrading to Aperture 3 speeded it up even more. I recently got a 27” iMac with the i7 processor and that opens the database in a flash. The speed is almost scary.  So speed depends on your underlying processor, version of OSX and whether you have Aperture 2 or 3 plus of course the size of your database.

         
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    Posted: 11 May 2010 11:53 AM #2

    I also use Aperture for all my photos - work and home.  It was a pain using iPhoto for home, and Aperture for work photos.  I like Aperture because I use it with MobileMe and iWeb, too.

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  • Posted: 11 May 2010 11:55 AM #3

    Does LR allow you to have multiple libraries?  You could have a library for your pro shots and a separate library for your family shots.  I know A3 allows multiple libraries, but I am not very familiar with LR.

         
  • Posted: 11 May 2010 12:06 PM #4

    Which iPhoto version?
    I have version 8 with about 2250 photos dating back ten years in it and it’s snappy enough, includes facial recognition as well as geolocation services.

         
  • Posted: 11 May 2010 12:08 PM #5

    I heard that the multiple libraries feature is one of the big selling points of Aperture 3 over Lightroom 3. But Lightroom 3 is in beta so who knows. I too am probably going to switch from iPhoto, and since I have mobileme I think I’ll get Aperture. So I would say if you have a lot of iLife and Apple stuff to connect to I’d go with Aperture. If not, download the Lightroom 3 beta and try it out. Hopefully it’s not as big a resource hog as Adobe’s CS apps.

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  • Posted: 11 May 2010 01:08 PM #6

    Tiger - 11 May 2010 03:06 PM

    Which iPhoto version?
    I have version 8 with about 2250 photos dating back ten years in it and it’s snappy enough, includes facial recognition as well as geolocation services.

    I envy your editing abilities. I can’t throw anything out.
    My iPhoto library has about 18,000 images and it was a dog until I upgraded to a 2009 24” iMac. I still find myself heading to Photoshop too often to get some work done on an image so I think I need Aperture.

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