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Chapter 6. Sharing Photos > Sharing Photos with Users on Your Mac

Sharing Photos with Users on Your Mac

Mac OS X is a multi-user operating system, so it’s common for people who share a Mac each to have their own account. But what if you want to share the same iPhoto Library?

To share photos among users:

1.
With iPhoto not running, move your iPhoto Library folder from the Pictures folder to the Shared folder at the same level as your user folder (Figure 6.71). It may or may not contain other items.

Figure 6.71. Your iPhoto Library folder should be stored in the Shared folder at the same level as your user folder.


2.
Select the iPhoto Library folder and choose Get Info () from the File menu in the Finder to display the iPhoto Info window.

3.
Click the expansion triangle for Ownership & Permissions. If the lock is closed, click it and enter your administrator password.

4.
From the Access menu under Group (which should be set to staff), choose Read & Write, and click the “Apply to enclosed items” button (Figure 6.72).

Figure 6.72. To set permissions properly, make sure the group is set to staff, choose Read & Write from the Access pop-up menu, and click the “Apply to enclosed items” button.


iPhoto asks for confirmation; click OK.

5.
Hold down and drag the iPhoto Library folder to the iPhoto icon in your Dock. Launching iPhoto without doing this will cause it to ask you to find your iPhoto Library folder; do that if necessary instead of the -drag.

6.
Choose Log Out from the Apple menu, and log in as the other user.

7.
Repeat step 5 for the other user, and verify that both users can view and edit photos. If the other user can view but not edit photos, verify permissions for all the folders inside the iPhoto Library folder.

8.
From now on, launch iPhoto normally.


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