Sharing iPhoto & iTunes between users of the same computer.

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  1. Dave_D

    Dave_D Active Member

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    If you guys want to be able to share iPhoto & iTunes libraries across users in the SAME mac (Ex. Dad shares his Photos and Music w/ the better half);

    Just get the utility called 'ShareAlike' from www.ifthensoft.com

    I did a google search on this and was almost ready to do the whole UNIX brute force way of doing it until I found this nice free app.

    Works well w/ 10.3
     
  2. PatrickGaerlan

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    What about using the "share" function (iPhoto/iTunes -> Preferences -> Sharing) of iPhoto and iTunes? Works across the network AND users on the same Mac :) Just make sure that the user sharing the photos/music is logged on and that iPhoto/iTunes is running.

    EDIT: Enable fast user switching in System Preferences -> Accounts -> Login Options.

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    The share function in iPhoto/iTunes only works across multiple Macs in a network (LAN) environment. In my case, the iMac g5 is the only mac in the house which the entire family use.

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    No it doesn't, as I've stated above, it WILL work among other users accounts on the same Mac :) Since you're using an iMac G5, I'm sure the versions of iPhoto and iTunes you have installed already have this capability. Just follow the instructions above.
     
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    Hey Patrick, great tip! I tried it out just this morning and viola! It worked! At least I can order my siblings to delete their play lists and free up space in my HD!
     
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    Gotcha... but the real Unix way doesn't need to have users logged on. Sharealike makes it a truly shared resource and also doesn't need users to share passwords
    just to start up the shared iphoto library. There's also the problem of permissions
    as only the 'owner' of the library can make alterations.



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  7. PatrickGaerlan

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    I just wanted to make sure that you were aware of the built-in sharing function of iPhoto and iTunes. That's one of the nice things about using a Mac, there's usually more than one way to skin the cat ;)

    francismir, glad you found it useful :)
     

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