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Chapter 9. Troubleshooting > Performance Problems

Performance Problems

If you find iPhoto slow to perform certain operations, try these tricks. Some are obvious (if expensive); others less so:

  • Turn off title, rating, and keyword display using the View menu.

  • Shrink thumbnails to a smaller size.

  • Use the triangles next to film rolls to hide thumbnails you don't need to see.

  • Quit other programs that are running. In my experience, there is usually one culprit, which you can identify by launching Activity Monitor (Mac OS X 10.3) or Process Viewer (Mac OS X 10.2) from your Utilities folder and clicking the %CPU column title to see which applications are using the most processor time.

  • Log out by choosing Log Out from the Apple menu () and then log back in.

  • Restart your Mac by choosing Restart from the Apple menu. Restarting is especially helpful if you don't have much free disk space, which cramps Mac OS X's virtual memory techniques.

  • Add more RAM to your Mac. iPhoto works with 256 MB of RAM, but it likes a lot more, and RAM is cheap. I always recommend at least 512 MB.

  • Buy a faster Mac. That's always fun.


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