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iPhoto '11 can't read library made with iPhoto '08

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fritshof Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 17, 2010 5:07 AM
I installed iPhoto '11 and updated to v9.1. Now the new program cannot read my most recent photolibrary. It tells me: 'Your library is either in use by another application or has become unreadable'. The program reads older libraries perfectly, but not the most recent one, which has been produced with iPhoto '08 v7.1.5. All libs are perfectly usable with iPhoto '08. Now isn't this strange? What can I do about it?
iMac Late 2007, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 5:15 AM (in response to fritshof)
    Sounds like a permissions issue:

    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild. Include the option to repair Library permissions.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,755 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 8:03 AM (in response to fritshof)
    I had already tried that


    Really? Pity you didn't mention that and saved us all some time. Want to tell us what else you've tried?

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • London Delicath Calculating status...
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    Nov 17, 2010 11:04 AM (in response to fritshof)
    I'm having the same problem. Installed iPhoto 11, ran the software update, tried to rebuild the library, ran Disk Utility, and I am getting the message "The library is not compatible with iPhoto". Any advice?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Cara Level 3 Level 3 (665 points)
    same issue. I upgraded, it worked, then got a message saying I needed to run the software update and now get the error message saying the library is not compatible.
    667 Powerbook G4
  • CB31 Calculating status...
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    Nov 20, 2010 6:18 AM (in response to fritshof)
    I am having the same problem: updated to Snow leopard and installed iLife'11, then when I launched iPhoto I got the answer: "unable to read this library"
    Updating to iPhoto 09.1 did not solve the problem.
    I renamed iPhoto.app to iPhoto09.app, then restored iPhoto08(7.1.5) and my iPhoto library from a Time Machine backup, then rebuild the library with all options selected. I still have the same problem: iPhoto09.app is unable to read the library.
    Waiting for an answer from Apple or someone else
    MacBook Pro

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