I finally split my iPhoto library in two. My 13,000 photos had slowed iPhoto to a crawl. Unfortunately, I was duped into buying the pay version of iPhoto Library Manager, which offers the ability to drag-and-drop albums to split a library. Once I read more closely, I discovered that I didn’t really want to copy albums to another library — I wanted to copy all images shot between particular dates! The software wouldn’t do this, and I did it manually instead. I completed the following steps.
- Quit iPhoto
- Create a new, empty folder within Home -> Pictures to serve as the new library folder
- Copy as many of the photo folders (the ones named by date) and all of the supporting library files into the new folder, leaving a copy behind (hold down the Option key when you copy).
- Launch iPhoto, holding down the Option key. Choose the new Library.
- Delete all of the images from the earlier years not included in your copy operation, and empty the trash.
- Relaunch iPhoto with the original library and delete all of the images that you moved.
Now I have two library folders, one with the newest images that loads quickly, and a larger one containing older photos. I hold down the option key when iPhoto launches in order to change libraries. I did this with iPhoto 5.
I would love to hear your iPhoto library management suggestions.