On my Mac, Running OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks, I have my iPhoto library with 10,000+ photos. I am wondering if there is a convenient way to view this library remotely on a Windows computer.
I actually can view the Mac's contents in windows by connecting to it as if it were a Windows share. Then, after I map the Mac to my Windows instance as a network share, I can navigate to the path
<user name>\Pictures\iPhoto Library\Masters\...
and I can find all of the originals. That works ...okay... but it has these challenges:
- iPhoto library divvies up photos in folders on the file system according to when the photos were uploaded to the library. Therefore searching for photos between many folders is based on the date a photo was uploaded rather than the date it was taken.
- The Masters folder has the full size masters of each photo, which tend to be in the 5 - 15MB range. This is a heavy network load if all I want to do is quickly flip through them all (2 - 5 sec to load each photo).
- The Masters folder has a Thumbnail folder counterpart with Thumbnails of all the masters, divvied up also by date of upload. The Thumbnails are nearly identically named to their Masters counterparts. The downside is that the folder structure for all Thumbnails have an additional layer of complexity, making them nearly impossible to easily browse them.
So now when I refer to a convenient way to do this, I'd like to basically just browse through them, kinda like I do on the Mac, all at once, broken down by events. I could write a program to do this, but surely one already exists, right? Is Bonjour designed to do this (as in, installing Bonjour for Windows)? Is there another program or setting I need?