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Importing iphoto 5 library into iphoto 11

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Dennis Howard Calculating status...
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Feb 15, 2011 5:21 PM
I am replacing my wife's ibook G4 with a new macbook. The G4 uses iphoto 5 while the Macbbook (on order) will have iphoto 11. I have copied the iphoto 5 library to a flash drive. I have been searching for the correct method of xfer and it seems somewhat confusing. What I think has to be done is rename the iphoto 11 library and then copy in the old iphoto 5 library. Then open Iphoto 11 and it should see the pictures. However, some of the things I have read indicated that 11 cannot convert 5. Can someone please give me a step by step method. Thanks in advance.
IBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • T5GP5Ox32 Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
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    Feb 15, 2011 6:40 PM (in response to Dennis Howard)
    That's an old version to attempt to load up. You could attempt to open it in iPhoto '11 and then "Upgrade" the library but I really, really doubt it will work.
    You would do so by holding down the Option key and opening iPhoto. This will prompt you to create or choose a library. You would choose the iPhoto 5 Library and then hope it can work.

    If it doesn't then you can either import them into a blank iPhoto '11 library by dragging and dropping the iPhoto 5 library file onto iPhoto '11 which doesn't always work but is worth a shot.

    The sure fire way is to control+click the iPhoto 5 library and do "Show Package Contents" and find the folder called Originals (in newer versions it's Masters) and drag that folder into iPhoto '11.

    Hope this helps and remember to back up the library file before you start messing with it just to be safe.
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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Feb 15, 2011 10:29 PM (in response to Dennis Howard)
    Some folks have reported issues upgrading from early versions but most have upgraded just fine.

    The correct procedure is to simply copy the iPhoto Library folder from that flash drive to the Pictures Folder on the new machine. Then launch iPhoto. It will automatically update the Library to the 11 format. That's it.

    f it doesn't then you can either import them into a blank iPhoto '11 library by dragging and dropping the iPhoto 5 library file onto iPhoto '11 which doesn't always work but is worth a shot.


    Never do this. All that will happen is that the contents of the Library folder will be imported and you'll get a mess of duplicates, lose any organisation and metadata that you have had. This does not upgrade a Library under any circumstances.

    The sure fire way is to control+click the iPhoto 5 library and do "Show Package Contents" and find the folder called Originals (in newer versions it's Masters) and drag that folder into iPhoto '11.


    In iPhoto 5 you simply have an iPhoto Library Folder so there's no need to 'do "Show Package Contents" '. Again, importing the Originals will not update the Library. It will simply import the original files. Again, you'll lose all your edits, organisation and metadata.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 i5 / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,630 points)
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    Feb 16, 2011 4:50 AM (in response to Dennis Howard)
    into a folder called Pictures.


    Into the folder called Pictures.

    When I launch Iphoto do I need to do anything like hold down the option key?


    Not unless there's already an empty iPhoto library there.

    If, when, Iphoto 11 updates the library will the pictures still be in their original folders by date


    iPhoto 11 is very different from iPhoto 5.

    Since iPhoto 7 (iLife 08) the old iPhoto Library Folder is a Package File. This is simply a folder that looks like a file in the Finder. The change was made to the format of the iPhoto library because many users were inadvertently corrupting their library by browsing through it with other software or making changes in it themselves.

    There are many, many ways to access your files in iPhoto:

    *For Users of 10.5 and later*

    You can use any Open / Attach / Browse dialogue. On the left there's a Media heading, your pics can be accessed there. Command-Click for selecting multiple pics.

    Open dialogue
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    (Note the above illustration is not a Finder Window. It's the dialogue you get when you go File -> Open)


    You can access the Library from the New Message Window in Mail:

    New Message Window
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    *For users of 10.4 and later* ...

    Many internet sites such as Flickr and SmugMug have plug-ins for accessing the iPhoto Library. If the site you want to use doesn’t then some, one or any of these will also work:

    To upload to a site that does not have an iPhoto Export Plug-in the recommended way is to Select the Pic in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export and export the pic to the desktop, then upload from there. After the upload you can trash the pic on the desktop. It's only a copy and your original is safe in iPhoto.

    This is also true for emailing with Web-based services. However, if you're using Gmail you can use iPhoto2GMail

    If you use Apple's Mail, Entourage, AOL or Eudora you can email from within iPhoto.

    If you use a Cocoa-based Browser such as Safari, you can drag the pics from the iPhoto Window to the Attach window in the browser.

    *If you want to access the files with iPhoto not running*:

    For users of 10.6 and later:
    You can download a free Services component from MacOSXAutomation which will give you access to the iPhoto Library from your Services Menu. Using the Services Preference Pane you can even create a keyboard shortcut for it.

    For Users of 10.4 and later:
    Create a Media Browser using Automator (takes about 10 seconds) or use this free utility Karelia iMedia Browser

    Other options include:

    1. *Drag and Drop*: Drag a photo from the iPhoto Window to the desktop, there iPhoto will make a full-sized copy of the pic.

    2. *File -> Export*: Select the files in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export. The dialogue will give you various options, including altering the format, naming the files and changing the size. Again, producing a copy.

    3. *Show File*: Right- (or Control-) Click on a pic and in the resulting dialogue choose 'Show File'. A Finder window will pop open with the file already selected.

    You can set Photoshop (or any image editor) as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically. This is the only way that edits made in another application will be displayed in iPhoto.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 i5 / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • MacTrappy Calculating status...
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    Mar 12, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    I recently took possession of a new iMac running Lion (OS X 10.7) and needed to import an iPhoto Library from iPhoto 5.

     

    I had the latter on an external disk, so I connected that to the new iMac.

     

    This all worked smoothly, as follows:

     

    Following TD's advice, I just cleared out existing iPhoto Library folder on my new iMac in Pictures (which probably wouldn't have existed if I hadn't opened iPhoto); then copied that folder over from the external disk.

     

    Then opened iPhoto; it said it wanted to convert the library; fine.

    After a short time, it said that

    'Photos found that are not a part of this photo library have been placed in the folder /Users/..../Pictures/iPhoto Library Recovered Photos.'

      

     

    Then says that the photo library won't be readable by previous versions after upgrade so I said Upgrade.

     

    Then it said that there was a  problem accessing one or more files. So I said Repair permissions.

    (That required an admin. login - as I was using a non-admin. username.)

     

    That was it !


    Much smoother than I feared. No problem at all, in fact. So thanks to TD and others for posts here.

  • Victor Chisholm Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2012 8:20 PM (in response to MacTrappy)

    I was in the same situation as the original poster, importing photos from iPhoto 5 to iPhoto 11. I also followed TD's helpful advice: "The correct procedure is to simply copy the iPhoto Library folder from that flash drive to the Pictures Folder on the new machine. Then launch iPhoto. It will automatically update the Library to the 11 format. That's it."

     

    As with MacTrappy, "...it wanted to convert the library" which guided me to download iPhoto Library Upgrader. The only thing that wasn't perfectly clear was that I had to manually naviagate  to the Applications > Utilities folder to find the Upgrader after "expanding" the download. I think I also had the message about making the album unusable to my earlier version of iPhoto, but this wasn't a problem as I had a backup. I got the same message about 'Photos found that are not a part of this photo library have been placed in the folder /Users/..../Pictures/iPhoto Library Recovered Photos.' I was not asked to repair any permissions.

     

    Thanks to all in this thread because I would not have figured this out on my own, and it does seem to have worked.

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