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Transfer photos from G5 (OS 10.5) to Mac Pro (OS 10.6)?

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Glenn Haste Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Jan 6, 2013 11:48 AM

I am in the process of moving from one machine to another, and I've transferred a lot of apps from the "leopard" machine to the "snow leopard".  Among others I've moved iPhoto,  iPhoto Library, and iPhoto Library Manager.  When I try to open iPhoto or iPhoto Library, an error message comes up -  "iPhoto cannot be opened because of a problem".  There's more, saying "Check with the developer....You may need to reinstall the app".  There's also a long Problem Details and System Configuration. I could append that, but I feel that this problem may have been addressed before - but I haven't been able to find it.

   Glenn Haste

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    First, make sure that you have installed Rosetta as one of the optional installs from your 10.6 installation. That's required to run a PowerPC program from a G5.

     

    Transferring a program such as iPhoto sometimes does not work when the program requires various files in various places to run properly. If you didn't move all those files over and to the right places, it might not run.

     

    You might consider running Migration Assistant and telling it to move Applications over. Migration Assistant takes care of all those other files and details. However since you've already done some of this manually, I don't know how this will work with your setup.

     

    A simpler approach might be to go to the App Store (on the new machine running 10.6) and simpy purchase the latest version of iPhoto. It is very inexpensive and that version should run and it will be properly installed by the App Store installer. iPhoto Library is a special kind of folder that looks like a file. It can just be copied in total to your Pictures folder. It should then be opened by iPhoto automatically when you run the new version of iPhoto.

  • glennhaste Calculating status...

       In a chat session today,  I learned that there is no iPhone for Snow Leopard in the apple store.  They said that iPhone should have been included in the OS installation. It was not.  They said that I should use the installation disc with the optional custom install choice to put an OS 10.6 iPhone in my applications folder.  But iPhone is not included in the list of packages that could be chosen.  I have, however, used the custom install to add Rosetta.  After that install I still get the error message "iPhoto could not be opened because of a problem".  In desperation I installed Tiger (OS X 10.4) on one of the hard drive partitions. That iPhone works, but entirely too well.  When I use the iPhoto for that OS (10.4) to open the iPhoto Library transferred from my G5, it takes a library that contains roughly 1K images and creates a library with about 10K images.  As far as I can tell, all the images that were in the small group are present in the large group.  So, I could, by a process of culling about 9K images, produce a photo library like what was on my G5.

       I find that I do have a copy of migration assistant.  It's on the partition that contains OS 10.7 Lion, which, so far, I have never used.  I fear that trying to use that would add one more layer of complexity.

       As of now, I have one solution to transferring photos, but that one is extremely unattractive.

  • Drew Reece (Re:co) Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

    glennhaste wrote:

     

       In a chat session today,  I learned that there is no iPhone for Snow Leopard in the apple store.  They said that iPhone should have been included in the OS installation. It was not.  They said that I should use the installation disc with the optional custom install choice to put an OS 10.6 iPhone in my applications folder.  But iPhone is not included in the list of packages that could be chosen.  I have, however, used the custom install to add Rosetta.  After that install I still get the error message "iPhoto could not be opened because of a problem".  In desperation I installed Tiger (OS X 10.4) on one of the hard drive partitions. That iPhone works, but entirely too well.  When I use the iPhoto for that OS (10.4) to open the iPhoto Library transferred from my G5, it takes a library that contains roughly 1K images and creates a library with about 10K images.  As far as I can tell, all the images that were in the small group are present in the large group.  So, I could, by a process of culling about 9K images, produce a photo library like what was on my G5.

       I find that I do have a copy of migration assistant.  It's on the partition that contains OS 10.7 Lion, which, so far, I have never used.  I fear that trying to use that would add one more layer of complexity.

       As of now, I have one solution to transferring photos, but that one is extremely unattractive.

    Are those 'iPhones' meant to be 'iPhoto'. It doesn't make sense otherwise, let me guess typed on iOS?

     

    iPhoto isn't part of the OS install unless you are using an original grey installer disc that had iLife included.

     

    Migration Assistant has been a part of the OS for many years, but Apple keep moving it around.

    Try looking in the following locations…

    /Applications/

    /Applications/Utilities/

    /System/Library/CoreServices/

     

    It is pretty reliable at moving from older systems so try a migration from the G5 disk to 10.6. There is the real possibility that the G5 version of iPhoto just won't work unless you use an installer.

     

    You may be able to find an old copy to install correctly. I think iLife 09 and iLife 11 support 10.6.8. The App Store version doesn't support 10.6.8 so persionally I'd look for iLife 09 so you don't miss the last lot of bug fixes.

     

    PS. Make sure the OS is upto date when you test.

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    The App Store version doesn't support 10.6.8 so persionally I'd look for iLife 09 so you don't miss the last lot of bug fixes.

     

    The App Store does support 10.6.8 and it shows iphoto for sale there for $14.99. I see it there running the App Store application on an iMac that is running 10.6.8.

  • Drew Reece (Re:co) Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)

    Try & buy it.

    iPhoto 11 was available from the App Store for 10.6 but now if you read the requirements it states 10.7.5. I guess if you brought it a while ago you might still be able to download it for 10.6, but since the App Store is useless at allowing you to revert to different versions or buy old versions I doubt it is much help here for Glenn.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    Sorry, Steve - the current version in the App store is Lion and above only.

    There have been a few threads on this subject, and unfortunately the only remedy left appears to be to find a copy of iLife '09 or iLife '11 (I'd recommend '09 for SL) on Amazon MP, eBay or similar.

  • glennhaste Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, I did find iPhoto '11, and I found that it will work in both Lion and Snow Leopard.  I downloaded it and I tried to use it in SL to open my iPhoto library from my G5 (10.5).  A message came up to the effect that iPhoto '11 had to reformat the earlier version and it proceeded to do so.  Once that was completed I had my old friend, the old iPhoto library.  So, my search for a method to transfer my photos has inally met with success.

       And yes Drew Reece, all those iPhones should have been iPhotos!  I never noticed the typos!  Thanks to all who contributed to this result!

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