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iPhoto won't import any more photos from Nexus One

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Lohoris Calculating status...
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Dec 30, 2010 9:28 AM
I haven't been importing files for some months, and now I notice it doesn't work anymore.
Last time I did that and it worked I probably had Android 2.1 and OSX 10.5, now I have Android 2.2 and OSX 10.6, so either OS could be at fault.
I mount the SD card, it mounts successfully, iPhoto (8.1.2) opens and detects the SD card, but it doesn't show any photo. Yes there are photos, they are new, and even if I uncheck "hide photos already imported" it's still empty.
The photos are located in /DCIM/Camera
MacBook unibody aluminium, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Android 2.2, iPhoto 8.1.2
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,700 points)
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    Dec 30, 2010 11:14 AM (in response to Lohoris)
    Try drag that Camera Folder to the desktop and see if they'll import from there

    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 (121,700 points)
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    Jan 2, 2011 7:10 AM (in response to Lohoris)
    The point was to try and see where the problem was not to burden your poor self with a lot of extra work. Your welcome.

    Regards

    TD
    MacBook Pro 15 2.4 C2D / iMac 20" 2.66 C2D, Mac OS X (10.6), 4 gig RAM/ 4 gig RAM
  • RobAldred Calculating status...
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    Jan 2, 2011 6:28 PM (in response to Lohoris)
    I have a nexus one, unfortunately this appears to be Android's fault, the way the files are named is ridiculous and seems to be unsupported in software like iPhoto.

    The naming changed between Android 2.1 and 2.2.
    iMac 6,1, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • AppleIIme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 16, 2011 12:11 PM (in response to Lohoris)
    I have the same issue. Definitely broke with an iPhoto update. See here:

    http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/droid-x-help/11644-mac-users-photos-no-longer- show-up-iphoto-9-ilife-11-a-3.html

    "Figured out the Problem, Attempting a solution
    I am having the same issue, and after reading this whole thread I did some tests.

    The phone is not the culprit; I copied ALL of the files from the phone card to a standard SD card and placed it into my card reader and got the same result (iPhoto not working, as described in this thread).

    I then deleted all of the folders/files that were not one of the following:
    the DCIM folder
    standard system folders (normally hidden), like .Trahes, .fseventsd, etc.

    iPhoto worked with the phone files after that.

    Based on this, it seems that iPhoto cannot read the card if it has more than one folder, and since the Android OS requires other folders, this is keeping it from working.

    So then, with the phone still plugged in, I made a new "virtual disk" (just a small disk image with Disk Utility) and in it I created a symbolic link named DCIM pointing to the DCIM folder on the phone. (For those that don't know, a symbolic link is similar to and functions like an Alias, but its compatibility with the system level is better than an Alias, making it more transparent.)

    Mac supports Folder Actions, running scripts in response to changes in folder contents. I am working on a script that will watch the /Volumes folder for newly inserted disk drives. When one is found, it will search for a DCIM folder. If it has one, then it will see if there are other folders. If there are other folders (which will keep iPhoto from working), then the script will generate a small disk image, mount it, then create a DCIM symlink pointing to the DCIM folder on the non-working drive.

    When all is said and done, iPhoto will be able to read the virtual disk, and the symlink will reroute all changes back to the real phone disk as if the disk image weren't there. Thus, it will be usable again. Downside is iPhoto shows two disks, one for the non-working phone and one for the disk image, but it works. I have tried it all manually, so all I have to do is write the script. Hopefully I can finish it."
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • AppleIIme Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 16, 2011 12:18 PM (in response to AppleIIme)
    Solution (until Apple fix the issue their update introduced):

    Locate the Camera folder inside your Android's DCIM folder when mounted.
    Right-click it and 'Create Alias'.
    Drag the Alias to your desktop.
    Now when you want to sync photos, just drag 'Camera alias' from the desktop and drop it over the iPhoto icon on the dock.
    In iPhoto, choose to not import duplicates.

    Hope this helps.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • BrendonB Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2011 9:16 AM (in response to AppleIIme)
    the alias to desktop trick worked for me! I have an andriod G2 with 2.2
    MacBook Pro 2.33GHz Intel Core2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 3GB ram
  • jh3450genetics_jo Calculating status...
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    May 27, 2011 10:00 AM (in response to Lohoris)

    Having the same problem with my Samsung Epic 4g (Froyo 2.2).  Recently upgraded iPhoto.  Would really love it if Apple would fix the mistake they made in the "upgrade".  Hopefully this isn't some ploy to make MacUsers buy iPhones rather than Android phones.  Then again...that's just me speaking.

  • jh3450genetics_jo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 27, 2011 11:28 AM (in response to AppleIIme)

    This didn't work for me (making alias directory and dragging to iPhoto icon).  Samsung Epic 4G with froyo 2.2.  MacBook Pro, 2.66 Mhz processor, 8 gb RAM with updated iPhoto version 9.1.3

     

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