Forum Question: What version of iPhoto is needed to support iCloud Photo Stream

Having just updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 today, I began exploring some of its many new features.
But I am still puzzled as to how Photo Stream is supposed to work. I have iPhoto ’09 on my Mac. Is it necessary to upgrade to a new version of iPhoto in order to use the iCloud Photo Stream feature? In particular, if I take photos with the iPhone, do I need iPhoto ’11 for Photo Stream functionality?
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Richard Fuhr

Comments: 5 Responses to “What version of iPhoto is needed to support iCloud Photo Stream”

    10/12/11 @ 10:10 pm

    The one released today. 9.2 (626).
    You’ll need to upgrade to iPhoto 11 if you are using iPhoto 09.
    Photo Stream will still work, of course, but not in iPhoto on your Mac. It would just work on any iOS devices you have, and Apple TV 2.
    But it is probably well worth it to upgrade to iPhoto 11 at this point.

    Judy Eastwood
    3/11/12 @ 6:36 am

    At the time iPhoto ’11 was released I read that people lost (some or all of) their photos during or as a result of the upgrading process. As a result, I have never upgraded. I have thousands and thousands of photos and would be crushed if I lost them. Is it safe to upgrade from ’09 to ’11? Any tips on how to increase the likelihood of doing it successfully.

      3/11/12 @ 8:55 am

      I don’t remember there being such an issue. I updated to iPhoto 11 the day it came out (a long time ago now) and didn’t have any issues. But you don’t even need to worry about such things if you have a Time Machine backup anyway. And you can always just duplicate your iPhoto library file — or archive a copy to an external drive — right before the update as insurance if you are worried.

    Dirk Kemp
    11/12/12 @ 4:46 am

    I have iPhoto Version 9.4.2 and Finder tells me it was created on 17 October 2012 and last modified on 5 November 2012.
    When I tried to open it today it warned me that if I upgraded files could not be readable by earlier versions of iPhoto – so I ignored the Upgrade button and clicked on Quit, but this quit the application.
    What is going on? Is this some kind of forced upgrade?

      11/12/12 @ 7:41 am

      Programs like iPhoto maintain databases (like your photo library). Occasionally when you get a new version of a program it will need to update the format of the database. This happens all the time with things like iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and lots of other software. Perhaps that is what you are seeing.

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