It’s not uncommon to find households with multiple computers, but aside from the increased complexity of having to back up all these machines, there’s also the problem of finding a specific photo, especially if you’re not sure which Mac it’s been transferred to. Not everyone will be able to take advantage of iCloud, so this organisational process will not be alleviated by the new service. You’ll therefore have to find another way. Luckily, there’s been a feature built into iPhoto for a while that lets you share photos between up to five Macs on your local network and should help nearly all concerned.
You’ll need two Macs to follow this tutorial. Launch iPhoto on one of them and open its Preferences window using the Command+comma shortcut.
Select the Sharing icon to gain access to all the options you need to use the feature on that Mac. Tick the Share my photos box to activate it.
By default, you will be sharing your entire library, which means anyone on your network will be able to see all your photos. To limit, click on Share selected albums.
A list of all existing albums will be revealed. Tick all the ones you wish to share – this includes smart albums, slideshows and even online albums you subscribe to.
Give this iPhoto library a unique name, and set up a password if you only want specific people to have access to your images. When done, close Preferences.
Move to the second Mac and open its iPhoto Preferences. In the Sharing menu, make sure the Look for shared photos box is ticked.
You’ll notice a new Shared section in your sidebar. Click on the library for its allowable content to appear straight in this Mac’s iPhoto. Click on it to choose a specific album.
If you’re sharing more than one album, you’ll see a disclosure triangle to the left of the library’s name. Click on it to choose a specific album.
You can also add photos to your library from the shared one. Find the ones you want and drag them into the album of your choice.
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