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Why does iPhoto create subfolders for an album?

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goldenhill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 2, 2013 11:52 AM

I have have about 20 albums in iPhoto, and I've never had an issue until recently. I created a new album, and have been dragging pictures into the album over the past 4 months or so (it's to update progress on the construction of our new house). When I drag photos into the original album, iPhoto creates a subfolder within the original album. The outcome is that I have 92 "untitled album"s within the original album. Worse, when I sync my phone and want to have this album on my phone, the original album doesn't show up on my list of albums, but the 92 untitled albums do. Is there a setting that I'm missing? This had never happened with the other 20 or so albums I have on iPhoto.

G5, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 1:05 PM (in response to goldenhill)

    What version of iPhoto? What version of the OS?

  • morganica Calculating status...
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    Apr 1, 2013 10:39 AM (in response to goldenhill)

    I'm using iPhoto 11, version 9.4.2, with OSX 10.7.5, on a year-old iMac, and this spawning of untitled albums is making me crazy.

     

    If I import a week's worth of images from my iPhone, iPhoto will create a new album for every import date. If I pick through all those albums to select a bunch of photos of cats that I want to store in my album, "Cats," I select and drag those photos into it.

     

    iPhoto creates dozens of NEW untitled albums for them, under "Cats," with no way to tell what's inside or when it was taken. I just want ONE album with a bunch of photos in it, and I want to be able to create subfolders to "Cats" that lets me name, sort and store as needed.

     

    I've looked through every iPhoto preferences setting I can find, and I can't turn this off. Please help me figure out something here...at the moment iPhoto is loads more work than it's worth.

     

    Thanks--

     

    --cynthia

     

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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 11:45 AM (in response to morganica)

    How are you importing from your phone?

  • morganica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Multiple ways. Sometimes by hooking it to the computer via USB, sometimes by porting in through Photostream, sometimes by importing from Dropbox. In the example above, most of those were USB ports from the phone.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 12:28 PM (in response to morganica)

    Thing is, importing from an iPhone - or anything else - should not automatically create an album, unless you're dragging and dropping directly to the Album heading. Are you?

  • morganica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not when I initially import, no. But it creates an untitled album then, and it also does it when I drag into the album heading where I want those photos to live. In any case, I just want to turn that off--when I drag a photo into an album I want it to live under the root, not create a new album just for that image(s).

     

    Anyone know how to do that? If it's impossible, that's fine, I'll just buy a second copy of Lightroom for this computer, too, and not use iPhoto. But it's doing the same thing for my mom, driving her crazy...and she's not up to Lightroom so I'd rather just turn that "feature" off.

     

    Thanks--

     

    --cynthia

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 1:41 PM (in response to morganica)

    There is no such feature, so I'm trying to figure out what you're doing.

     

    So, it's not actually creating new albums when you import. What's happening is that when you try to add photos to an album, it creates a new album instead? Is that right?

  • morganica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is creating new, "untitled albums" when I import, AND when I add photos to an album. In the example shown above, I selected a bunch of images from the "Photos" folder, dragged them into the album called "Cats" and got all the "untitled albums" you see there.

     

    I would agree it's not much of a feature. ;-)

     

    Thanks

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,300 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 1:46 PM (in response to morganica)

    Try the following:

     

    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist, that resides in your

         User/Home/Library/ Preferences folder.

     

    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

    User/Home/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto folder (Snow Leopard and Earlier).

     

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    or with Lion and Mt. Lion from the User/Library/Containers/com.apple.iPhoto/
    Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.iPhoto
    folder

     

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    3 - launch iPhoto and try again.

     

    NOTE 1: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding down the Option key when launching iPhoto.  You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences.

     

    NOTE 2:  In Lion and Mountain Lion the Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and hit the Enter button - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.

     

    OT

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,745 points)
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    Apr 1, 2013 1:56 PM (in response to morganica)

    I selected a bunch of images from the "Photos" folder, dragged them into the album called "Cats"

     

    Thing is, that's not an Album called Cats. That's a folder called Cats.

     

    Folders hold Albums (or other folders). Albums hold photos.

     

    So, by dragging photos to the Folder you're telling iPhoto to create an album inside this folder, and that's exactly what it's doing.

     

    Notice the different icons?

     

    So, create an Album and call it Cats, and then drag the photos to the Album...

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