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Reverting to iPhoto '09?

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Adam Woodhams Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Oct 23, 2010 8:28 PM
Anyone know the smoothest way to go back to '09?
TimeMachine back-up?

There are just too many bugs and too many missing features in '11.
It really is next to useless.
I hope these are short term problems & that Apple will bring it back to being a useful (and useable ap') if not '11 marks the death of a otherwise great ap' that had until now been evolving well.
Seems they have concentrated too much on the 'cute' factor & forgotten that people do actually need iPhoto to do stuff.
27" 2.8ghz i7, 3.06ghz intel c2d 24" iMac 4g ram, 2ghz 13" Uni B MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Sparkstack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 8:08 AM (in response to Adam Woodhams)
    "This release is just a dumbed-down, feature-poor piece of eye-candy designed for people who's primary need is to post their images to FaceBook."

    Really? I guess i must be in the majority (based on the feedback you have so far) who think that yes, there are a couple of bugs, and yes a feature or two is missing, but overall this app is a great usability improvement over the old one.

    I've spent the last couple of days going though my library, tidying up the metadata, filtering out duplicates and so far i've found the experience a lot more enjoyable than previous versions, probably why i have so many duplicates in the first place.

    Please expand on what features you have noticed are missing, and what is dumbed down. I for one would be interested as i have obviously not noticed.
    MacBook Pro5,5, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • TripB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 11:50 AM (in response to Sparkstack)
    I totally agree with you. Apparently Apple doesn't think anybody organizes their photos. I much prefer 09!

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    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Andrew Mitchell Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 24, 2010 5:06 PM (in response to Sparkstack)
    I think most people will have trouble answering your question, as iPhoto is repeatedly freezing up and/or crashing their computers.
    24" white iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • FULT Calculating status...
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    Oct 25, 2010 5:45 AM (in response to Adam Woodhams)
    You forgot to mention that the "full screen" mode for a single photo is actually smaller now than in '09 because of the new boarders. I happen to prefer simple editing in this plane, but now instead of a layered editing menu, I get the side bar reducing the work area even more. If you think it's more difficult on your 27 inch monitor, you should see how small they've made it on my MacBook Pro. It's easier to do all my editing in PhotoShop now.
    Very dissatisfied.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • PMSLO Calculating status...
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    Oct 25, 2010 11:59 PM (in response to FULT)

    Thanks for the heads-up on the removal process. v11 has brought my older MacMini to its knees, and it's just too "cute" for me. I far preferred v9. Time to revert...
    Mac Mini / MBP / iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • FloridaPhillip Calculating status...
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    Oct 26, 2010 5:39 AM (in response to Adam Woodhams)
    I agree that putting keywords over on the right hand panels is just seriously dumb. With iPhoto 09 I could see the thumbnails of several rows of photos, with the rating and keywords under each one. Very handy. With iPhoto11 it looks like I have to click on 'info' and look at each photo individually to see its keywords. Very disappointing. If I had known this I would not have upgraded to version 11. One of the biggest features for low tech users like me is keywords. I don't care about 'facebook enhancements', and 'places', and 'detecting missing faces'. I want to be able to look at several rows of photos at a time and be able to tell what they are about (keywords) and how much I like that photo (rating). Apple seems to be more interested in dazzling us with features we will never use than giving us the practical features that we do use.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • rlholohan Calculating status...
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    Oct 26, 2010 7:21 AM (in response to FloridaPhillip)
    Hi there - wondering how you reverted back to the '09 version? I uploaded and created a book (for my grandfather's birthday) and need to order this ASAP... is it possible to revert without losing the book and/or photos?
    imac, 2.66 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • spydie2 Calculating status...
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    Oct 28, 2010 5:45 PM (in response to Adam Woodhams)
    I didn't have an iphoto folder in the Application Support folder. Other than that, I did everything you said and it didn't work. When I go back past the day I installed iphoto '11, the time machine backup doesn't show the iphoto library with the color icon. When I install that backup, and run the installed backup of iphoto, it says it can't read the files because they are newer than the iphoto program. My iphoto program is the '09 model, but it can't read any of my time machine backup files. It seems iphoto '11 must have changed all of them on my time machine? Can't figure out where the iphoto library icon went either. Any other ideas?
  • Paul Netterfield Calculating status...
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    Oct 28, 2010 9:59 PM (in response to spydie2)
    I've tried using that method as well. Same result as spydie2. I've restored a few times now. Will send the time machined original iPhoto library to an older mac and see if it can open it in earlier version. Might give me some clues if it works. Her's hoping. Also iPhoto would not import the screenshots done on my iPad. It refuses to accept .png files. format. The most common graphic filetype on the planet!Unrecognized
    MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Paul Netterfield Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 28, 2010 10:04 PM (in response to Paul Netterfield)
    Yes it opened perfectly on the older mac. Therefore it has to be something still on iLife-ed_11 MacBook which is forcing it to refuse to open the library. At least I know the backups have not been changed.
    Macbook 17, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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