10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2013 12:10 AM by Mark Uhrich
Mark Uhrich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

When I crop photos (Edit - Crop), the crop window has a mind of it's own.  I select crop, click and drag a corner or edge, and then another, and the window moves and resizes to something else.  It takes a number of tries moving the window or edges back and forth until I can get the crop that I want.  Note: I do not have the restrict aspect selected.  It's very anoying.  What to do?  (iPhoto '11 v9.4.2 on OSX 10.7.5)


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,755 points)

    Try trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder.

     

    (On 10.7 or later: Hold the option (or alt) key while clicking on the Go menu in Finder to access the User Library)

     

    (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

     

    What's the plist file?

     

    For new users: Every application on your Mac has an accompanying plist file. It records certain User choices. For instance, in your favourite Word Processor it remembers your choice of Default Font, on your Web Browser is remembers things like your choice of Home Page. It even recalls what windows you had open last if your app allows you to pick up from where you left off last. The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you've changed any of these things you'll need to reset them. If you haven't, then no bother. Trashing the plist file is Mac troubleshooting 101.

  • 2. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    Mark Uhrich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for that quick response.  Is there any other way - so that I don't need to reset my libraries, etc?  (I have several libraries for different purposes.)  I would like to avoid having to reset things, if I can.

  • 3. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,755 points)

    I don't believe that anything in my suggestion would "reset libraries".

  • 4. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    Mark Uhrich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Clearly I don't understand, despite the clarity and detail of your explanation.

    I have several iPhoto libraries for different purposes and switch between them depending.

    Will deleting the playlist require me to reselect all those libraries - to re-establish the links to them?

  • 5. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    You have to select each library each time you change to it - that will not change - all that will cahne is that all of your preference settings will be reset to the defaults and if youhave changed any form the t=default you need to reset them - and the first time you lanch iPhoto it will look for the default library (in your pictures folder) - so if that is not the firat one you want to use you need to depress and hold the option key and launch iPhoto selecting the library you want to use

     

     

    (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

     

    The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you've changed any of these things you'll need to reset them. If you haven't, then no bother.


    LN

  • 6. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    Mark Uhrich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you to both of you.

    I did this - deleted the playlist and reset my preferences.

     

    The behavior is still the same - crop window has a mind of it's own.  No improvement.

     

    Now what?

  • 7. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,645 points)

    BTW - this is not a playlist - it is  a plist

     

    As to your original question I;m wondering if it is user and you are grabbing the wrong place or dragging too far or something - there have rew if any similer reports here and since the plist did not change anything it may be something you are doing

     

    Watch the crop tutroial and see if it helps  --  http://www.apple.com/findouthow/photos/

     

     

    LN

  • 8. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    oldroy55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too am having the same problem as Mark - and I am quite sure it is not in my case related to how I am using the crop window. If I move or resize the crop window as soon as I set the new position it's as if iPhoto is using an algorithm to optimise the new crop window and arbitrarily changes its position and/or size.

     

    I have also deleted my iPhoto plist file but that didn't help either.

     

    I am using iPhoto 8.1.2 on Mountain Lion and I do not think that this problem always existed. I believe it crept in with one of the OS upgrades.

     

    This is a very frustrating problem.

  • 9. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    Mark Uhrich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Back on this again.   The problem is still there. 

     

    Yes, it was "plst" that I deleted.  That didn't change anything.  I thought the problem went away briefly but it came back. 

     

    I looked at the tutorial but it is very simplistic and shows an older version of iPhoto.

     

    It is very frustrating.  Buggy software that doesn't work as it should.  (It is supposed to just simply work.)

     

    Any other suggestions?  Will be much appreciated.

  • 10. Re: Difficulty Cropping - crop window has mind of it's own
    Mark Uhrich Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Don't know what happened but the problem has gone away. The system healed itself.

     

    I had tried all the things suggested without any results.  The strange behavior was still there.

     

    However, after some weeks, the problem went away by itself.  Maybe it was one of the regular updates.  Maybe the underlying core system did some maintenance.

     

    It is working normally now.

     

    Thank you to everyone for your suggestions.  We can close this file now.