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Olympus Viewer3 and iPhoto problem

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azartguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 13, 2013 7:17 PM

After upgrading to Olympus Viewer 3 I now get the dreaded notice when I try to open iPhoto '11:   "Your photo library is either in use by another application or has become unreadable."

 

Nothing is working to restore the iPhoto Library, including trying to rebuild the Library using iPhoto Library Manager.  I assume the Library is corrupted beyond repair, but I'd like to find out what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again.

 

Any suggestions?

Brian

iPad 2, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)
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    May 13, 2013 11:46 PM (in response to azartguy)

    Brian -

    how did you use Olympus Viewer with the iPhoto Library? Isn't Viewer a program to download from your camera? Please explain more  how you have been working with your iPhoto library when you import your photos.

     

    Where is your iPhoto Library stored? In your Pictures folder?

     

    Léonie

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    May 14, 2013 9:18 AM (in response to azartguy)

    Launch Activity Monitor (located in the Applicatrions/Utilities folder) and see if there's any process with Olympus in the title running.  If so quit the process and try iPhoto again. 

     

    If you are going to use iPhoto you don't need Olymput Viewer.  OV is a file management application which shouldn't be used with iPhoto. You should pick one and stick with it.

     

    OT

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,825 points)
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    May 14, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to azartguy)
    8. Load folder with original ORF/RAW files and edited TIFF versions into iPhoto '11

     

     

    exactly how do you do this?

     

     

    And I woudl sugges tthat you stop after conversion and saving to the desktop - import that into iPhoto and set PS as the external editor for iPhoto - do your PS editing that way letting iphoto keep track of the versions and simplfying your work flow and saving disk space

     

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    May 14, 2013 12:38 PM (in response to azartguy)

    What model of Olympus camera are you using?  If it's supported by Apple you can import directly into iPhoto and edit with Photoshop from inside iPhoto as follows:

     

    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.

     

    iPPSeditor.PNG

     

    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

    iPPSsave.PNG

     

    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:

    PSE9fileprefs.PNG

     

    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:

    PSE9genprefs.PNG

     

    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.

     

    Your Step 8 statment indicates that you can import the raw file into iPhoto;

    8. Load folder with original ORF/RAW files and edited TIFF versions into iPhoto '11

    If that's so you don't need any 3rd party software.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,825 points)
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    May 14, 2013 5:45 PM (in response to azartguy)

    iPhoto supports your camera accroding to what yu say - it is PS4 that does not

     

    Why do you want to use RAW in PS4 - in theory a JPEG is lower quality that a TIFF but I've seen very few times that anyone could see it - and since iphoto uses lossless editing (not available with external editors of course) when you edit in iPhoto you are always referencing the original - you never have generational loss - consider inproting to iPhoto and editing in iPhoto (or Aperture if you wnat the extra controls - most users give up PS after switching to Aperture)

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,825 points)
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    May 14, 2013 9:05 PM (in response to azartguy)

    I did not say lossless compression - I said lossless editing

     

    You are somewhat behind the state of the art in processing

     

     

    and since iphoto uses lossless editing

     

    Yes as I said in theory a JPEG is lower quality than a TIFF - but not enough to make any difference - in other words the compression causes virtually no data loss - it only squeezes out redundant, unecessary bits

     

     

    in theory a JPEG is lower quality that a TIFF but I've seen very few times that anyone could see it

     

     

    IMHO your best route is to move to Aperture and use it - it also has lossless editing (note the word is editing) like iPhoto it will let you have full control of your RAW files - while it can certainly be argued forever I maintain that having the RAW file in Aperture and editing in Aperture will in most cases give you the best end result - few edits require more capabilities that it has

     

    The work flow is much less convoluted and the results will be better

     

    and the issues that caused you to open this thread would not have ever happened

     

     

    LN

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,825 points)
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    May 15, 2013 6:48 AM (in response to azartguy)

    Again we agree on everything

     

    In fact there is reduntant data in most photos that can be removed with zero loss and nearly redundant data that can be removed with so little loss that it is imaterial - As I said every time in theory a JPEG is lower quality in in practice it is just fine for almost every use

     

    However you do what you want - I do not caer and I certainly do not want to agrue when we are in total agreement

     

    Again since iPhoto handles your RAW just fine you can use it or Aperature (which I expect will do nearly all the editing you want - and you can set either to save edites as 16 bit TIFFs rather than JPEGS if that makes you feel good and get the results you want with out the convoluted work flow and the problems that created this thread

     

    And since it is PS that is not handling the RAW you probably need a PS upgrade or Adobe support

     

    But if you prefer that work flow then continue

     

    LN

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,090 points)
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    May 15, 2013 10:09 AM (in response to azartguy)

    So it's a compatibility issue between Photoshop and the Olympus RAW format.  Contact Adobe and find out what version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is needed to edit the ORF files. 

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