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

3874 Views 27 Replies Latest reply: Jan 18, 2013 1:36 PM by Joseph Corl RSS
  • Eric Jerome Calculating status...

    I am running OSX 10.8.2 on an Imac (3.4 Ghz Intel Core i7) when I did a software update and chose "iPhoto 11" version 9.4.2 (710.42) all of a sudden my entire iphoto library and all photos are gone.


    I am a very savvy Mac user of 22 year and a programmer.


    There is no longer an iphoto library here:

    user >  Pictures > iPhoto Library


    All my original photos are missing as well. They are completed gone from my harddrive.


    There is nothing to backup and nothing to restore.


    This is a complete nightmare. I had 10,000+ photos that are completely wiped off my harddrive.


    There is definitely something going on here with this new update. The software itself had to have completely erased all of my photos off my hard drive.


    Believe me I have NOT moved the folder or accidently moved it to the trash.




    My library and all pictures were on my drive then after update to iPhoto ALL GONE.


    This really is happening. CAn someone at APPLE please enlighten us to what the heck is goign on here???????

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,855 points)

    This is a different issue from the one on the thread, where the Use was deleting masters.


    No one from Apple is here. You need to contact them directly. In the meantime, restore from the back up you made prior to upgrading.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,435 points)

    What system version are you running?


    With the latest update I can't actuallly test what i did before:


    1. import
    2. choose edit in external and iPhoto creates a duplicate to edit in PS
    3. save changes
    4. delete original (everything was still fine at this point btw)
    5. then edit in iPhoto (crop or other)
    6. rebuild library (which happened on the updates both a year ago and now)

    You must not be running the latest version of iPhoto or the system as that duplication issue when using an external editor has been fixed for some time now.  At least with 10.8.2 and 9.4.2.  At the time the two duplicates were linked and moving or deleting one did the same to the other most times.  What version of iPhoto are you running



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,855 points)

    If I do subsequent editing, I drag it to the desktop, edit in Photoshop, delete the original from iPhoto, then import the newly edited version, so once again iPhoto sees this as a master.


    Another source of dataloss.


    If you do this all you're getting is your iPhoto preview, a lower quality version of your image.






  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,855 points)

    You sure about that? I just did two tests: one with an 8.5mb Nef and it yielded a 2mb jpeg, and another 2.2 MB Jpeg yielded a 2.1 MB Jpeg.


    But it brings a more real issue into focus: as you're obviously not interested in lossless processing or version control, why are you using iPhoto?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,855 points)

    I think I figured that out:


    If the file is edited or Raw then there's a version in Previews, and that's what dragging gets - as Raw automatically generates a preview on import.


    If there has been no editing done then there is no Preview and so you get the Master.


    I repeated the test on a file that hadn't been edited and got the same result as you.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,055 points)

    And I see the same results as TD


    Either dragging or exporting current give those results for me



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,435 points)

    You're Photosshop workflow is why you're having problems as Terence has already pointed out. The following is the correct way to use Photoshop with and within iPhoto:


    Using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements as Your Editor of Choice in iPhoto.


    1 - select Photoshop or Photoshop Elememts as your editor of choice in iPhoto's General Preference Section's under the "Edit photo:" menu.




    2 - double click on the thumbnail in iPhoto to open it in Photoshop.  When you're finished editing click on the Save button. If you immediately get the JPEG Options window make your selection (Baseline standard seems to be the most compatible jpeg format) and click on the OK button. Your done. 


    3 - however, if you get the navigation window



    that indicates that  PS wants to save it as a PS formatted file.  You'll need to either select JPEG from the menu and save (top image) or click on the desktop in the Navigation window (bottom image) and save it to the desktop for importing as a new photo.


    This method will let iPhoto know that the photo has been editied and will update the thumbnail file to reflect the edit..


    NOTE: With Photoshop Elements  the Saving File preferences should be configured as shown:



    I also suggest the Maximize PSD File Compatabilty be set to Always.  In PSE’s General preference pane set the Color Picker to Apple as shown:



    Note:  to switch between iPhoto and PS or PSE as the editor of choice Control (right)-click on the thumbnail and select either Edit in iPhoto or Edit in External Editor from the contextual menu. If you use iPhoto to edit more than PSE re-select iPhoto in the iPhoto General preference pane. Then iPhoto will be the default editor and you can use the contextual menu to select PSE for your editor when desired.

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