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Chapter 8. Sharing Photos > To share photos among users

To share photos among users

If you are using another hard drive as your shared volume, select it in the Finder, choose Get Info () from the File menu, and in the Ownership & Permissions pane, select the Ignore Ownership on This Volume checkbox (Figure 8.3).

Figure 8.3. To use another hard drive to store a shared iPhoto Library folder, you must select the Ignore Ownership on This Volume checkbox.

With iPhoto not running, copy your iPhoto Library folder from the Pictures folder to where you want to store it on the shared volume.

Rename the iPhoto Library folder in your Pictures folder to “Old iPhoto Library.”

For each user (whether on the same Mac or over your network), select the iPhoto Library folder on the shared volume, hold down and drag it to the Pictures folder to create an alias to the shared iPhoto Library folder. If the other users already have iPhoto Library folders, rename them first so iPhoto uses the alias called “iPhoto Library” instead.

From now on, each user should be able to use iPhoto normally, although it's safest if only one person uses the shared iPhoto Library folder at a time.

Choosing Network Sharing Approaches

iPhoto's official method of sharing photos is discussed on the next page, “Sharing Photos via iPhoto Network Sharing.” What's the difference between that approach and the shared volume method discussed on this page?

Use the shared volume method to share an entire iPhoto Library folder and have each person make changes that are seen by every other person. This method lets you share the work of editing photos, making albums, and assigning keywords.

In contrast, use iPhoto's photo sharing approach to let other people see and potentially copy your photos without making any other changes. This approach works best when each person has their own primary collection of photos but wants to access a few photos from other people.

Neither approach is “better,” and which you choose depends mostly on whether you consider photos community property or personal property that can be shared.



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