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johnck78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
New MacBook Pro. Imported all my pictures. It scanned all the faces (2 hours) I started tagging photos (about 100) My library is about 20Gig.

When I go to Faces and click on a name I see the pictures I tagged then
.... may also be in the photos below
and the arrow just spins. This happens for everyone. How long should this happen? Is something broken?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: .... may also be in the photos below
    mrdean2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The exact same thing happened to me this week. Please post here if you find a solution. I called AppleCare and they were unable to solve the problem over the phone. They are supposed to be working on a fix and contacting me about it this week. My photo library contains a little over 9,000 photos, so it could be a volume issue, but I let iPhoto run over night two separate times and both times the wheel just continued to spin beside the "may also be in the photos below" bar.
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    Matt Bianco Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I have let my computer work overnight trying to identify a single new face among clear, professionally taken portrait pictures. It just spins and spins and not a single face is recommended.

    I have added over 20 faces manually for two individuals, many of which are nearly identical. Once in a rare while while manually identifying pictures it would ask if it had identified a person. But, automatic recognition and recommendation does not work.

    Just bought iLife two days ago, primarily for this feature. Rather disappointing so far.
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    Randall Pinkston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too have this problem--spinning arrows for each face. It's got to be an issue with our setups or our software, and not the recognition and recommendation feature itself (which seems to be at least plausibly functional for most people).
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    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)
    You might try forcing iPhoto to rescan for Faces:

    Note You will lose any work you’ve already done with Faces. This is to return to the very beginning.

    Quit iPhoto.

    Go to your Pictures Folder (or where ever you have your Library) and find the iPhoto Library there.

    Right Click on it, and from the resulting menu select ‘Show Package Contents’. A Finder window will open and the Library will be exposed.

    Find the following files:

    face_blob.db
    face.db

    and move them to the trash.

    Make no other changes.

    Regards

    TD
  • 5. Re: .... may also be in the photos below (deleting faces database fails)
    Matt Bianco Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Terence, rebuilding the faces database did not work. First try it got stuck on a particular picture during the scanning phase. Second try, it took over two hours to go through all the photos. I then tried training it with portrait pictures where faces are very clearly identifiable. It failed to recognize a single new face from the remainder of the portrait picture.

    $100 ago prior to purchasing this upgrade, I was in the same place.

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  • 6. Re: .... may also be in the photos below (deleting faces database fails)
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)
    Matt

    Where is your Library stored? On the Boot Drive? On another Drive? IF on another drive, what format is it?

    Regards

    TD
  • 7. Re: .... may also be in the photos below (deleting faces database fails)
    Matt Bianco Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Thank you for replying Terence. The Library is on the iMac hard drive in the exact location you mentioned: Pictures>iPhoto>Library>Show package contents. The two files I deleted were there.

    I am not an expert user despite having a lot of Apple products. I have never changed the location of any of the default file locations for music, video or photos.

    Thank you.
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    mrdean2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am experiencing the same type of problem with the spinning wheel beside each face. I would like to compare the circumstances surrounding this problem. I upgraded to iPhoto 8.1 by way of the Migration Assistant. My previous computer had iPhoto 7, so my photos were automatically loaded into iPhoto 8.1 when I bought a MacBook Pro. The Faces feature has never worked properly for me.
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    Aaron Reed1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Same problem here. Upgraded to a MacBook Pro w/iLife '09, used Migration Assistant to transfer my iPhoto library-- it spent a few hours detecting faces, and I labeled a few, but then no matter how long I wait I get nothing other than the spinning icon after "X may also be in the photos below," and names are never suggested when labeling. iPhoto also is constantly using about 99% of one of the CPUs when I have it open. I tried deleting the faces database files mentioned above, but no luck.

    If anyone figures out a solution for this, please post it!
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    Randall Pinkston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's my situation as well--I upgraded to a MacBook Pro with iLife '09, and used Migration Assistant to transfer my photo library from my iMac running iPhoto 7.1.5 (iPhoto '08). So it sounds like we're all in the same boat.
  • 11. Re: .... may also be in the photos below
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)
    Try... Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the apple and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Include the option to check and repair permissions in the Library.

    Regards

    TD
  • 12. Re: .... may also be in the photos below
    Aaron Reed1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Terence, thanks for the suggestion. I tried rebuilding the library, including repairing permissions, but there was no change in the problem.
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    NetGuru5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am also having this problem. The arrow just spins forever and it never finds any more matches. Anyone found a solution yet?
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    Reynold Nesiba Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm having the same problem. New MacBook Pro. New ILife. Same spinning beachball of death. Please let me know when someone finds a fix.
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