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My Iphoto icon has turned into a "package"

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May 7, 2012 8:42 AM

My Iphoto icon has turned into a "package" after I tried to correct some authorization issues with the folder. (I followed the directions correctly as far as getting the authorization issue corrected) Now I can only get thumbnails and cannot find the high res images.  When I open Iphoto and click on the thumbnail I get a gray screen with an exclamation point. Are my high res images lost?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,855 points)
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    May 7, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to jb_slate)

    You iPhoto icon has been a package sicne iPhoto 08.

     

    The ! turns up when iPhoto loses the connection between the thumbnail in the iPhoto Window and the file it represents.

     

    What version of iPhoto? Assi=uming 09 or later...

     

    Option 1

    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. Choose to Rebuild iPhoto Library Database from automatic backup.

     

    If that fails:

     

    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords back.

     

    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one. .

     

    Regards

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,855 points)
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    May 7, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to jb_slate)

    Restore from your back up. If the files aren't there then that's your next step.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,855 points)
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    May 7, 2012 9:11 AM (in response to jb_slate)

    Then how did you rebuild?

     

    But it's moot: if the files aren't there then...

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,425 points)
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    May 7, 2012 2:37 PM (in response to jb_slate)

    What version of iPhoto are you using?

     

    OT

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,425 points)
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    May 7, 2012 4:29 PM (in response to jb_slate)

    The iPhoto Libraries should exhibit the iPhoto icon in the iPLM open window:

    iPhoto Library Manager001.jpg

     

    Try the following.  It will create a new library with all of the orignal files that are currently in the Originals folder of your library.  If those photos don't show up then they are long gone as Terence pointed out:

     

    Start over from scratch with new library

     

    Start over with a new library and import the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from your original library as follows:

     

    1.  Rename the existing library folder to iPhoto Library-org.

    2.  Open the library package like this.

     

    Click to view full size

     

    3. Launch iPhoto and, when asked, select the option to create a new library.

    4. Drag the Originals (iPhoto 09 and earlier) or the Masters (iPhoto 11) folder from the open iPhoto Library package  into the open iPhoto window.

     

    Click to view full size

     

    This will create a new library with the same Events as the original library but will not keep the metadata, albums, books slideshows and other projects.  If the photos are missing then you can delete this new library and continue using the original library sans those missing photos.

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