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Chapter 1. Getting Started > Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware and Software Requirements

Although iPhoto 2 is a simple program, it has fairly significant system requirements thanks to the difficulty of working with large digital images.

To run iPhoto, you need:

  • A Macintosh with built-in USB ports. A sufficiently souped-up older Mac with a PCI card providing USB ports might work, but Apple isn’t guaranteeing it. iPhoto should work on any Mac that runs Mac OS X, but Apple recommends one with at least a 400 MHz PowerPC G3 processor and at least 256 MB of RAM. Realistically, the more CPU power and RAM you can throw at iPhoto, the better its performance and the happier you’ll be. You’ll also find a large monitor extremely helpful.

  • Mac OS X. Specifically, Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later, with Mac OS X 10.2.3 and QuickTime 6.1 both recommended. iPhoto may run on earlier versions of Mac OS X, but some features won’t work correctly. Besides, you should update Mac OS X whenever possible to take advantage of Apple’s improvements.

  • A source of digital images, which could be an iPhoto-compatible digital camera, scanned images, Photo CDs, or a service that provides digital images along with traditional film developing. Apple maintains a list of cameras and card readers that are supposedly compatible with iPhoto at www.apple.com/iphoto/compatibility/. Take that list with a grain of salt; some devices on it may not work entirely properly, and there are also devices missing from the list that work fine with iPhoto.


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