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iPhoto privledges, a real PIA

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Reed4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Apr 27, 2013 3:23 AM

My wife and I went on a holiday andn took many photos on both our iPhones, then we shared using Photo Stream.

We are both trying to document our trip using each others pics, but this has been a real pain in the ***.

Every time we try to insert a photo that may have come from the other's iphone, it will not allow due to privledges.

What the **** do we do????

I thought using Apple was easy and this is pathetic to say the least, given that we have shared the photos, so thought that implied that we can use them.....

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 3:38 AM (in response to Reed4)

    How exactly is your setup?

    Do you have separate iPhoto Libraries on different Macs? Or one shared iPhoto library used in two different accounts on the same mac?


    then we shared using Photo Stream.

    Did you share the photos to Shared Photo Streams or did you share them to your respective "My Photo Streams"?




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 1:53 AM (in response to Reed4)

    The way you are doing this should work just fine.

    • "Selected the photos in iPhoto, them dragged them to Photosteam, selected new Photostream, and shared using the prompt within iPhoto"
    • "I imported the shared photos into my library"


    How are you using the shared photos in Pages? I open the Media Browser in Pages and drag the photos from the "Photos" tab > iPhoto (Photo stream or events) to the document. Is that what you are doing? What exactly is the error message (some permission problem) you are seeing?


    Can you use the photos in Pages, if you export them from iPhoto and drag them to the document?


    If you export the originals to your Desktop and use "File > Get Info", what are the permissions you are seeing?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:38 AM (in response to Reed4)

    Yes, try re-importing from the shared photostream to your library. This looks like the file cannot be read.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,845 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 7:44 AM (in response to Reed4)

    That is an indication that iPhoto has lost the connection between the thumbnail and the photo = Back up your iPhoto library, Depress and hold the option (alt) and command keys and launch iPhoto - rebuild your iPhoto library



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,105 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 10:26 AM (in response to Reed4)

    Apply the two fixes below in order as needed to your library: 


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.




    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #3, followed by #4 and then #1 as needed.


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


    1 - download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.


    2 - click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.


    3 - Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option.


    4 - In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.


    5 - Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Apr 29, 2013 1:54 AM (in response to Reed4)

    Unfortunately it did not fix my problem. Have to think the problem resides in iPhoto, and not PhotoStream, but not sure.

    The Photo stream photos are stored in your user library and not in your iPhoto Library until you import them - there may be a permissions problem with the folder containing the images in the User Library.


    You may want to check, if the photos downloaded to the User Library are readable or corrupted, and if the permissions are set correctly.


    Open this folder and browse the sub folders:


    ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets

    (to open this folder quickly, select the complete line above, ctrl-click it, and use the "Reveal" command from the pop-up menu).


    Are the image files readable by Preview?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Apr 29, 2013 2:13 AM (in response to Reed4)

    Good to know, that that at least is working.


    Re Library size: Have you checked the size of the iPod Photo Cache folder inside your original iPhoto Library?  That folder can be quite large, and it will not be restored by iPhoto Library Manager.


    iTunes: Understanding the iPod Photo Cache folder

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    Apr 29, 2013 3:26 AM (in response to Reed4)
    So next question - what is the risk in deleting this Cache?


    There is no risk. It is even recommended by Apple, if you look at the support article I pointed to:

    If you need to free up space on your hard drive, or are directed to do so by another article, you can locate and remove the iPod Photo Cache folder(s). A new one will be recreated the next time you sync Photos with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Deleting this folder will not remove the original images from your library.

    The only drawback is, that the next sync with iTunes will take longer, since the cached previews will have to be recreated. And you will need to keep enough free space to be able to recreate this Cache.

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