Apple - Discussions - iPhoto Design Goal: 30,000 photos on a G3
30,000 photos on a 400MHz G3 with good performance and usability.
That should be the MINIMUM design goal for iPhoto. It's technically doable (a @1988 IBM XT could handle 30,000 records in a database, and OS X can handle >> 30,000 objects in the file system), as long as you don't make it "easy" for users to attempt to resize all 30,000 thumbnails all at once.
iTunes can handle a comparable database with elegance.
If you can't do this with your "free" bundled software, then SELL something better than iPhoto!!
If you don't have a good alternative by next spring, I'll give up on OS X and build an XP server rather than buying my 2004. No joke, it's that bad!! Adobe's Album software is looking pretty good to me.
PS. I'm a heavy duty iPhotoLibrarian users. It's a nice hack, but segregating images is stupid. I want my albums to cross 100 years of images. Remember, iTunes works.
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