Currently Being ModeratedJul 6, 2012 1:35 PM (in response to dr. john1985)
what version of iPhoto? and or the OS? are you mucking around inside the iPhoto library? Don't - there are no user servicable parts in it and any change to its sturcture of content can corrupt your library and cause data loss
When I'm in Events mode and browsing iPhoto, I can get the app to show me the individual files, but I don't know where to find them.
What does this mean?
Often there are six copies of any given file with (EDIT) appended to one of the copies.
where are you seeing this?
All one needed to do to get around this problem was to go to ~Library/Pictures and make sure that iPhoto Data wasn't the selected folder for iPhoto. The solution was to select iPhoto Library as the source for iPhoto.
I have no idea where you saw this but it is way off base - the iPhoto library is a SQL database and pointing iPhoto to anything other than a complete iPhoto library will not do anything - nothing - no wrong photos - nothing - iPhoto only works with a complete database by default the iPhoto library in the pictures folder
The Pictures folder is in your user account
How did the rebuilt library com into existience?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2012 12:01 PM (in response to LarryHN)
I use iPhoto '11 v9.3. I own a MBP i7 dual core running OS 10.4.7. How did I get to the individual photo files? By selecting an indivdual photo, going to the "Edit" menu on iPhoto, and dropping down to the "Reveal in Finder" command. I saw folders marked by date full of individual photo files. I clicked on several of them which seemed to be duplicates named in series; for example:
All seven photos were identical and all were of thumbnail size.
Also present were photo files marked with (EDIT) such as
Again, both photos identical and both in thumbnail size.
I opened these photos with Lemke's GraphicConverter. You say this is an SQL database and cannot be interpreted by any other application but iPhoto. (I had to look up the definition of SQL.) From my non-tech point of view, I was struck by the fact that there was so much duplication, so many (EDIT) files, and all in thumbnail size which is how they appear in iPhoto. I didn't delete or rearrange any of the files. I won't monkey around with that database again.
There are two iPhoto libraries in my ~Pictures folder. One is iPhoto Library which is blank. The other is Rebuilt Library which contains all the data; it was created at the suggestion of the iPhoto application I was running in about 2006-2007. I don't recall exactly how I accomplished this.
There are still some photos which are at normal size. I recall going through the approximately 4,500 photos in my iPhoto collection (there have to be copies in here) and taking out thumbnail duplicate photos. I took a photo journey to Africa a few years ago, and some of those photos seem to be thumbnail now, which makes me panic; however most of the other photos I have in iPhoto are thumbnail size now. I don't know how to proceed from here. At the time I did it, looking at the individual photos in the folders seemed like a reasonable thing to do. I'm a doctor, and I felt like doing some exploratory surgery. But I won't do that again.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2012 12:45 PM (in response to dr. john1985)
It sounds like at some point in the past you imported one Library to another. When you do that every version and thumbnail is imported like a distinct photo, (and you lose all your Albums, Keywords etc., the link between Original and Previews is destroyed, the non-destructive editing feature is ruined and so on. In summary: it's mess.) I wonder if that's why...
I recall going through the approximately 4,500 photos in my iPhoto collection (there have to be copies in here) and taking out thumbnail duplicate photos
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2012 10:24 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)
As long as the full-sized photos are not lost, I can handle it. However, so many (perhaps 85%) of the photos in iPhoto seem to be thumbnail, and I can't seem to get at the regular sized photos any longer. I wonder how I'd get rid of the thumbnails and select the regular size photos in the SQL database using iPhoto, assuming the standard sized photos are still there and uncorrupted?
Given the staggering number of photo files in my iPhoto app, perhaps there are so many duplicates which are thumbnails of the standard size photos which are still in iPhoto. I don't have time to go through each photo one-by-one to check for this. Perhaps this could be an ongoing project.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2012 1:20 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
I seem to recall in 2010, on a long flight to London, I got frustrated and started deleting the thumbnail photos using iPhoto. If I recall correctly, many of them were replaced by normal sized photos eventually after I deleted enough thumbnail duplicates. So, your hypothesis is probably dead on. And it is a mess.