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iPhoto '11 (9.3) deleting modified photos...Again!

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Joseph Corl Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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Jun 25, 2012 5:26 PM

Aarg!  Once again an iPhoto 11 upgrade has deleted ALL my modified photos and left only the thumbnails!  Even photos that have been in my library for years suffered, just like last time.


This happened a little over a year ago when I upgraded from iPhoto 9 to 11.  Thousands of modifieds (which are the ones I want to keep!) were simply zapped into non-existence.  The actual files deleted, not the thumbnail.  A few escaped then, but now they too have been simple erased off my hard drive!


Once again Apple has struck.  I ran the innocent sounding iPhoto update that came yesterday, 650.39, and today, again any photo I modified with Photoshop only bring up a black screen when double clicked. When I try to "edit" in iPhoto is says "Image Cannot Be Edited:  This photo was previously editted with another application (Yep, Photoshop CS 5.1....and saved as standard jpeg's....not exactly esoteric Apple!) or with an early version of iPhoto (gee, since you own iPhoto and I've 'updated' this library at least 4 or 5 times over the last 7 years you'd think that would be a non-issue Apple).  Duplicate this photo to edit it.


Are you kidding?  My modified photos are no in the finder.  A "reveal modified" brings up the top level directory.  You zapped them!  I can't duplicate them because there is nothing there!


I can choose "edit in external editor' and the original pops up in Photoshop.  But that pesky modified, Apple knew I really didn't need that photo I took two hours to tweak....any more than I needed them a year ago.


Yes, I tired rebuilding the thumbnails.  No help.  Took about 3 hours.


Beware the iPhoto upgrade!

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    Maybe if you quit emotional RANTing and provided information someone could help


    Like how did you access the photos to edit in PS and how did you save them


    Interestimgnthat no one else has reported this for upgrades to iPhoto '11



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)

    So was your RANT


    Have a great day



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)

    I re-read the thread you linked to (which refers to iPhoto 11's first release, in October 2010, and with respect, you're the only person on the thread with this specific issue - the contents of the Modified folder disappearing. Other people complained about all of the Library or date based chunks.


    We're now coming up on two years and 8 or 9 updates to iPhoto 11. You're the only person reporting this issue - and again, it's a quite specific phenomenon.  What happens if, as iphoto asks you to do, you duplicate the photo prior to editing?


    How is your Library set up? Managed or Referenced? Stored where? Any details that can help us understand why you've been smitten with this thing twice.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)

    I'm trying to get my head around why this quite specific issue might arise - I've been on the forum a while now and simply never heard of this one before.


    When you rebuilt the Library did you make a new one or repair the old one?

  • JaRosti Calculating status...



    This has happen to me too! I am totally livid! All the photos that I modified are the ones that are the most important to me and they are all gone! I lost very important pictures of my kids. First step, first day of pre-school, etc! How will I ever get those back!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)

    3) after editing, I deleted the unmodified "original" and kept only the duplicate (a new master??) that iPhoto created when I chose "edit in external editor"


    It's not a new master, and that's the source of the issue. You've deleted the master and therefore the versions get deleted too.


    Where are you deleting the master from?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)

    Since iPhoto 11 there is no "Modified Version" any longer. iPhoto works exactly like Aperture: All edits are just entries in the database and they are applied live to the master image when you view it.


    (In earlier versions an actual modified file was created.)


    In iPhoto 11 what you see in the Previews folder is just the same an Aperture preview - a handy shortcut for other apps to use via Media Browsers - saves you the bother of exporting just to email etc. But it has no part of your edit history.


    This is for photos edited with iPhoto.


    For images edited with external editors, then the edited version is indeed stored in the Previews folder.


    But in either case, these are linked to a Master, and if you delete the Master then you lose the anchor that holds it all together.


    I'm still not clear on where you're deleting the master from?


    BTW: Removing files from the HD in iPhoto 11 requires emptying the iPhoto trash and then the System Trash

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