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iphoto export error: unable to create /Volume/.../ only for ORIGINAL file

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Jun 12, 2013 10:01 PM

   A simple test case: exporting two jpeg's, both in the library master file, different file names.  Iphoto '11 and it's library on a new (3 mos) mac-mini exporting to folders on western digital MyBookLive NAS.  Successfully exports  jpeg and tiff formats every time with various quality, size, naming conventions and it doesn't care.   But every attempt to export the originals gives "unable to create /Volumes/Public....  I tried different volumes on the NAS.


  Export target is  a MyBookLIve NAS.  Previous responses to this error question the file system of the target disk.  I believe the data partition is ext4 (Linux) It's working fine for time machine, os x storage, and true network storage.    Seems unlikely that's the issue since it fails for just the original file and works as long as there is some processing of the image format first.  


Unnecessary conversions of jpeg degrade image quality.  The idea was to use iphoto to organize the photos and export the best ones to the NAS for display on a big screen.   Not working out.


This is weird, any ideas?



iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    Obvious test: can you export the original to the desktop?


    Also, not clear, is the Library on the NAS?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    That is curious. Never seen that one mentioned before. I'd begin with a basic restart of everything - Mac and NAS and try again.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)

    If you export to the desktop can you copy the original from the desktop to the NAS?

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,885 points)
    For the record, a link (alias in mac-speak?) on the mac-mini to a NAS folder doesn't work.


    This confuses me - as I understand your question your library in on the Mac Mini and you are tying to export photos to the NAS - how does this relate to the question?


    It may be that the best solution is to export to a desktop folder and then use the finder to move those photos to the NAS - followed by deleting the desktop folder



    iPhoto seems an inexpensive, simple way to generate albums on a NAS for this application.



    iPhoto is inexpensive - hence its significant limitations - more expensive programs (like Aperture) are much more robust  --  IMHO it is an outstanding program and an outstanding value - but it is not everything to everyone



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    Honestly, I don't really understand the utility of a database tool like iphoto/aperature/photo mechanic versus a simple file structure.


    Two words: Lossless Processing


    Then two more: Better searching - make that three: Much Better Searching


    Last words: Infinitely more power when it comes to organisation.


    Lossless processing means that your original is never touched, it's treated as a digital negative and all editing is virual and not committed until you export a file. So, especially if you're shooting Jpeg, there's no quality degradation. As a side benefit: endless multiple versions with no wasted disk space.


    The Finder will, at it's most basic level, search on date and filename. It will do more of you poke around, but it's only ever leveraging file data. It treats all files the same: pdf, Jpeg, Raws, mp3 and so on. But each of these data types have quite specific metadata also available - in the case of images IPTC and Exif for a start. Photo apps leverage this data so you have more to search on


    This is not such a problem when you have 500 photos, but when you have 50k or 500k trying to remember if that shot of your puppy is IMG_1234.jpeg or IMG_2134.jpeg can be difficult.


    Finally, the finder is limited when it comes to organisation. Files in Folders. Some basic structure, like say Year-Month-Day and off you go. Again...not such a problem when you have 500 photos, but when you have 50k or 500k... you get the picture.


    Here's a canned answer I use to demonstrate some of the organisational features in iPhoto:


    I use Events simply as big buckets of Photos: Spring 08, July - Nov 06 are typical Events in my Library. I use keywords and Smart Albums extensively. I title the pics broadly.



    I keyword on a



    Where basis (The When is in the photos's Exif metadata). I also rate the pics on a 1 - 5 star basis.



    Using this system I can find pretty much find any pic in my 45k library in a couple of seconds.



    So, for example, I have a batch of pics titled 'Seattle 08' and a  typical keywording might include: John, Anne, Landscape, mountain, trees, snow. With a rating included it's so very easy to find the best pics we took at Mount Rainier.



    File -> New Smart Album

    set it to 'All"

    title contains Seattle

    keyword is mountain

    keyword is snow

    rating is 5 stars



    Or, want a chronological album of John from birth to today?



    New Smart Album

    Keyword is John

    Set the View options to Sort By Date Ascending



    Want only the best pics?

    add Rating is greater than 4 stars



    The best thing about this system is that it's dynamic. If I add 50 more pics of John  to the Library tomorrow, as I keyword and rate them they are added to the Smart Album.



    In the end, organisation is about finding the pics. The point is to make locating that pic or batch of pics findable fast. This system works for me.


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