I just bought my iPad and left it syncing overnight with a somewhat large iPhoto library (22,000+ photos). This morning I found that the sync worked just fine and the entire library is handled beautifully on the iPad. However, I just noticed that the size of the iPhoto library on my Mac has pretty much doubled.
The iPad user guide says that iTunes will make optimized copies of my photos where necessary. But is this much really necessary? Almost every photo is a jpeg from various digital cameras, no strange formats. Then there are a few dozen short videos from an iPhone or another digital camera. Everything should be viewable on the iPad just fine as it is, shouldn't it?
The new bulk of my iPhoto library is essentially filling the drive on my aging Mac. After doubling from 21GB to 43GB it has left me with less than 1GB of space. (And I'm pretty sure some of that original 21GB is also wasted in a similar manner.) Is there a way to get it to sync the library with other devices that doesn't involve doubling the library size?