10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2013 2:06 PM by BethanyfromMe
BethanyfromMe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Have the page layout options changed in iPhoto '11?  I had designed a book last fall in iPhoto, and now a relative would like a reprint of it. In the interim I've upgraded to iPhoto '11. When I opened the book to reorder it, I found that the layout had been radically changed- photos that had been on a single page are now used as a spread, etc.

Now I'm trying to restore the layout. I have a PDF of the previous order as a reference, but I'm finding it difficult to duplicate. For instance, I had pages with one vertical and one horizontal photo, and I can't seem to find that layout option now.

Has anyone else run into this? Any suggestions?

I need to get this ordered quickly for a special occasion. Thanks in advance for any help!


iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    Changed from what? From iPhoto 4 yes - from iPhoto '09 minimally and I believe all extentions

     

    With no point of reference I guess the answer is maybe

     

    As to pages with particular orentiation of photos - in most page layouts the photos frames switch automatically to match the photo

     

    Before ordering your book preview it using this method - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1040 - and save the resulting PDF for reference - the delivered book will match it.

     

     

     

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    BethanyfromMe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was using iPhoto 8 before.

    I don't understand why there are fewer options now - that seems like a move backwards.

    I was able to correct most of the layout, although I had to compromise and rearrange photos to adjust for the missing layouts. I still have a glitch on one page; iPhoto won't let me select one of the images to change the frame option, even though I can select and change the other image on the page. It just selects the whole page and goes to the Layout menu instead of Options. I'm going to have to just leave it on the default frame, although I don't like it.

     

     

    Thanks for the link on the PDF. I had used that last time, but couldn't recall how to get to it.

    However, I've just prepped the PDF, and although the first few pages look fine, the rest is all messed up- showing only half of some pages, and showing the rest as 1/4 of a larger white page. The layout looks fine in the All Pages view in iPhoto, but this makes me very nervous about placing the order.

  • 3. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    iPhoto '11 has more option than iPhoto '08 - many more

     

    It sounds like you may have some more issues - any otehr strange "happenings" with your iPhoto library?

     

    LN

  • 4. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    BethanyfromMe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I haven't had problems in general- just with this book project. I just spent about an hour on the phone with Apple support, and thought we had it somewhat resolved by throwing out the preferences file, etc., but the problems are persisting. We even tried creating a new iPhoto Library, since they thought that was the issue....but in working with that since I got off the phone, there are still problems. For instance, the frame orientation still doesn't change with the photo, at least within the theme I'm using (Family Album).

     

    At this point I'm about to throw in the towel on this project.

  • 5. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    Try a different theme - frame orientation does not change for some themes and for some ayouts

     

    This set of examples for iPhoto '09 and the associated discussion may help you - http://www.iphotobookthemes.com/pmwiki.php?n=Main.FamilyAlbum

     

    LN

  • 6. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    That theme are you using?

     

    I know this is like closing the barn door after the horse has gone but for future books you might consider the workflow described in this tutorial: iP08 - Archiving an iPhoto Book for Editing and/or Ordering at a Later Date.

     

    OT

  • 7. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)

    For instance, the frame orientation still doesn't change with the photo, at least within the theme I'm using (Family Album).

    LN

  • 8. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,665 points)

    Duh!  I knew that.  Was just testing you.

  • 9. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    BethanyfromMe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Interesting- I notice that the selection of frames changed even between v8  and v9- for instance, the oval vignette was available in a straight vertical orientation in v8, but in 9 and 11, only in a tilted version. I didn't want that casual a look for this project.

  • 10. Re: iphoto book format- changed in iPhoto 11?
    BethanyfromMe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't know about the archiving option in the link....it looked a little time-consuming, and I'm not sure it would work with these version changes. What happened in this case was that in v11, I had "custom" options which appeared for the page layouts, which the tech I was talking to could not see in his version of iPhoto. Apparently they were saved in there from the previous version. I don't know if some conflict between the two was causing the trouble. When I created the new library and attempted to recreate the album, some, but not all, of those custom options still appeared in that theme.

     

    Anyway- in the end, I used the new library to recreate the album with a different theme (Formal). It is not quite what I wanted, and it was another time investment on top of the 5 hours I had already spent just trying to do this reorder, but I did come up with something I could upload with reasonable confidence that it will print correctly.