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Let's launch iPhoto and actually gets started having some fun here. Don't worry about exercise files for this movie. I'm showing you how to do some important things. you can use your own stuff if you want, but don't worry about exercise files right now. Now I'm going to show you two different ways. I am going to show you launching iPhoto if you don't have an existing library, in other words, if you're brand-new to iPhoto, and then for those of you that do have an existing library, we'll launch again and this time I'll show how the upgrade process works.
So we've got something for everyone in this movie, so just stay tuned. Let's start with you've never launched iPhoto before. So find it on your dock. It will be on your Mac. Just go right down here and you click and this is what you'll see. You'll see an empty iPhoto library, so nothing going on over here. We are going to take care of that though. I'm going to fill that up really fast. And you get this nice little kind of sticky note from Apple. This is sweet of them to give us a sticky note, but you don't even have to worry about this right now because we are going to do all this together.
Basically right now you have an empty library that's just waiting for your photos and I'm going to show you how to put those photos in. If you have an existing iPhoto library, let's take a look at that process too. So what I am going to do is I am going to quit this brand-new library and I am going to launch iPhoto again. Now I'm going to tell you a little trick that I'm doing here. I am going to actually hold down the Option key and go back to iPhoto and when you go to launch iPhoto and you hold down the Option key it gives you a choice of which library you want to launch or you can create a brand-new library.
So that allows me to go to our existing iPhoto 09 Library that has not been upgraded yet. You watched in an earlier movie where I back this up and if you haven't backed up your library yet, make sure you do that before you do this step here. Once your library is backed up then we're going to upgrade it right now. So I just click Choose and you get this lovely little upgrade message here and it will not be readable by older versions of iPhoto.
So once you do this it will only be readable by iPhoto '11. Now also keep in mind that I'm going to click Upgrade here and this library will update pretty fast because it's not that big a library. But if you have a ginormous library with years and years of photos and thousands and thousands of pictures, it will take longer. I mean we were talking at least a cup of coffee here. Maybe a full-course dinner, okay. So it depends on how many pictures you have.
So you are backed up, so then all you have to do is click the Upgrade button right here, iPhoto goes to work, and basically what you should see then is your old iPhoto library in this new interface right here. And if you had greeting cards and if you created books and if you had albums, those should all be there too. iPhoto does a pretty good job of maintaining the integrity of your previous library.
Now you'll notice that for instance with the albums the icons have changed. but the images inside of them will be the same as before. Okay, this is just the appearance of some of the user interface has changed. And we are ready to go to work. So that's all you have to do. The key message is of course A, backup your library before you do this and B, if you have a ginormous library it may take iPhoto a little time to upgrade it.
But now we have our existing iPhoto library in here and we are going to start adding to it, because we want to add new stuff and so we are going to get to that right now.
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