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iPhoto 11 and Picture file extensions

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Bob Gold Level 4 Level 4 (1,360 points)
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Mar 25, 2012 4:54 PM

Since upgrading to iPhoto 9.2.1, I've noticed that after importing, iPhoto no longer displays the picture's file extension below the pic, or in the information window.  All my files have a .CR2 extension when they are imported.  All pictures that were in the iPhoto llibrary, prior to upgrade to 9.2.1, display their file extensions below the pic, and in the information window.

 

I've not been able to locate a preference that allows me to display the file extension in iPhoto...  Is it no longer possible to see the file extension in this version of iPhoto?

 

Thanks,

Bob

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Powerbook G4, Mac Plus
  • PoeperPilot Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2012 2:17 PM (in response to Bob Gold)

    go to the iphoto menu bar on top, click view and select titles.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 7:25 PM (in response to Bob Gold)

    By default the title is the file name

     

    LN

  • PoeperPilot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to Bob Gold)

    No it doesnt show the extension on my system neither. The only place shows the extension is when the iPhoto reads the memory card before imporing them. As far as I know, and I could be wrong that every photo in the iphoto library is jpg unless you choose file>export in menu bar then you will have the options of exporting them as original/current/jpeg/tiff/png.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 2:05 PM (in response to PoeperPilot)

    As far as I know, and I could be wrong that every photo in the iphoto library is jpg

     

    This is untrue.

     

    In the iPhoto Library every file is stored exactly as imported - Raws as raw, Jpeg as Jpeg, tiff as tiff etc.

     

    iPhoto is about Photos not files. So, whether a file is a jpeg or Raw is of little consequence to it. It treats them all the same.

     

    When you process an image the decisions you make are stored in the iPhoto database and your original file is not touched in any way. When you view the shot, the decisions you made are applied to the image live, and can be changed at any time - this is why it's lossless editing. This applies equally to Raw and Jpeg, lossless and lossy formats alike.

     

    In common with all such lossless editors, the only way to access your processed image is to export it to a new file - and this can be in Jpeg, Tiff or png. (You can, of course, export the Original - but that's not processed)

     

    To avoid the tedium of always having to export anytime you want to email a quick snap to your grandmother, iPhoto generates previews. These are "good enough for most things" versions of the edited shot, and they are what's used in the Media Browsers and what you get if you drag from iPhoto to the Deskop. These are Jpegs.

     

    But if you want better quality versions of your photos then you can use the File -> Export route.

     

    As iPhoto is about Photos, it's not especially interested in the File Extension. It's more concerned with the Kind of the shot. So, in the info window it will tell you if it's a Raw or a Jpeg or a Png.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • SURFnSELL Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2012 11:24 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    I selected pictures for Airplay/photostream to my AppleTV. That selection was followed by a prompt informing me that only a few file formats are allowed. List viewing the pics by extension/type would significantly simplify the process of deselecting conflicting pics.

     

    I'm currently selecting each one of my 6500 photos to see which will work with Photostream/Airplay.  That still doesn't help me solve the issue for various digital frames with multiple & different file type compatibilities including video formats.

     

    iPhoto was supposed to make handling photos easier, to the point of making it simple.  You really didn't help resolve the original issue posted Terence, but thanks for the lecture.

     

     

    I myself am using iPhoto '11 (version 9.4.2) and would be very appreciative of anyone who is able to help us resolve Bob's original post.

    D.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 11:41 PM (in response to SURFnSELL)

    If you understand how a database works and understand the result you want it is easy

     

    For example my Apple TV interfaces directly to my iPhoto library because that is the easiest way so that is the way I set it up

     

    For photo frames I simply select the photos I want and export them to a desktop folder with the mazimum dimension set to the maximum dimension of the frame I am going to use and then drag that folder to a SD card and plug it into the frame

     

    Given a specific set of needs, implemmenting them is trivial

     

    LN

  • SURFnSELL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 12:42 PM (in response to Bob Gold)

    I have connection issues with my AppleTV and it seams to disconnect routinely.  I haven't used it much and am trying to resolve that issue as well.  Separate from that, how do you interface directly with AppleTV.

     

    And by the way Bob, I'm at the point where I am rebuilding my files via another post...  Currently on step 1, and if that doesn't work, I'm going to export the entire library to a folder and then group it by file type to narrow down and change the format via preview and replace the files deleting the originals.

     

     

     

    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 #1, followed by #3 and then #4 as needed.

     

    If #1 fails continue with:

     

    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 but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

  • Yorkie29 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 1:21 PM (in response to Bob Gold)

    Some of the responses here are missing the point.  Some of us want/need to see the files extensions.  I shoot using a Nikon D90 and each image is captured in jpg and Raw format.  Both are importred into iPhoto by default when I plug in my memory card.  However, there are operations that I ONLY want to apply to the jpg images (eg exporting for use outise iPhoto).

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,870 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 1:32 PM (in response to Yorkie29)

    In the info window for a photos you see if it is RAW or JPEG

     

    You also can make smart albums based of RAW or JPEG (or TIFF for that matter)

     

    However may I point out that what you are doing is pointless - when you import into iphoto you immediately get a JPEG preview for every RAW - So you are doubleing the amount of storge you use and making things very confusing by shooting RAW + JPEG - shoot RAW and when you need a photo you choose to export the original (RAW) or a JPEG - no wasted storage - no confusion of what file extention is there - simple, straight forward and efficent

     

    LN

  • Yorkie29 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 2:16 PM (in response to LarryHN)

    I shoot both only for special events and places.  The jpgs are immediately available to show/ post to twitter/ send to others etc.  The Raw process separately when I want to do further work in photoshop ie outside iPhoto.  It's just that when I get home from a holiday for example it's just quicker to load all into iPhoto even though i do not do anything with the Raw ones there.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 2:32 PM (in response to SURFnSELL)

    Create a smart album with the criteria Name contains ".CR2". 

    Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 2.29.43 PM.jpg

     

    That will display all of the raw files in the library.  You can flag them or assign a star rating so you can see in the thumbnail view which are derived from the RAW files.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-09-23 at 2.31.53 PM.jpg

     

    OT

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,680 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 3:23 PM (in response to Yorkie29)

    I shoot both only for special events and places.  The jpgs are immediately available to show/ post to twitter/ send to others etc.

     

    And so are the iPhoto Previews... So, again, you don't need to shoot both.

  • Yorkie29 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2013 11:37 PM (in response to Old Toad)

    Thanks for this.  Obviously .NEF in my case (Nikon) but I get the point.

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