9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2007 9:57 AM by Marjorie Colletta
Harrison Bergeron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I thought this went too smoothly. I just transferred all my files via firewire from to my new MacBook Pro from my two year old PowerBook G4. All the dated (year, month, date) pictures folders have disappeared. All the pictures show up in iPhoto -- although a little jumbled --- but there are no folders showing in the finder.

(I discovered this when I went to attach a photo to an email in Mail.)

Where are they? Help. Thanks in advance.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), previously a PowerBook G4
  • 1. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Smtr Level 5 Level 5 (5,450 points)
    Harrison,

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions.

    With the new version, the iPhoto library is now contained in a package file. You can open it, but there's really no need. It has always been advised that the user stay out of the Library folder, because any changes made there will damage the library. Now that it's a package file, it's a bit more obvious that you are not meant to tamper with the contents.

    To attach a photo to an email in Mail, use the email button in the iPhoto application. To use a photo outside of the iPhoto application (ex: web-based email or uploading to a website) select the photo and export it to a Desktop folder. To edit a photo using another application, set the external editor in iPhoto's Preferences.

    Regards.
  • 2. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)
    Harrison

    You can also drag and drop pics from the iPhoto Window to Mail.

    There are three ways (at least) to get files from the iPhoto Window.

    1. Drag and Drop: Drag a photo from the iPhoto Window to the desktop, there iPhoto will make a full-sized copy of the pic.

    2. File -> Export: Select the files in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export. The dialogue will give you various options, including altering the format, naming the files and changing the size. Again, producing a copy.

    3. Show File: Right- (or Control-) Click on a pic and in the resulting dialogue choose 'Show File'. A Finder window will pop open with the file already selected.

    The change was made to the format of the iPhoto library because many users were inadvertently corrupting their library by browsing through it with other software or making changes in it themselves. If you're willing to risk database corruption, you can restore the older functionality simply by right clicking on the iPhoto Library and choosing 'Show Package Contents'. Then simply make an alias to the folders you require and put that alias on the desktop or where ever you want it. Be aware though, that this is a hack and not supported by Apple.

    Regards

    TD
  • 3. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Harrison Bergeron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TD, between yours and Smtr's response, I think I get it now. I'm old enough that I don't like change for change sake. I didn't realize the old method was so flawed. I had seen the new email button in iPhoto, but I figured there had to be another way of adding a photo into a document/email already in process.

    Thanks, again.

    Harrison
  • 4. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Jane B Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Thanks for the hack tip. I also just ran into this PROBLEM after switching from G4 to MacBook Pro, iPhoto to iPhoto8. Very frustrating.

    I for one, do not like the change. I use iPhoto for my personal as well as professional downloads, I am not a professional photographer, but I use some of my own photos in my design work and iPhoto had been fine up until now. I do a lot of PhotoShop work and not being able to get into the Original files easily is a pain. Will try the hack, hate to think I will have to organize another way, other software; it used to be so fast and easy to copy a photo and drag it to another folder for PhotoShop.
  • 5. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,670 points)
    Getting photos into photoshop is extremely easy - go to preferences ==> edit photos in program and select photoshop - when you double click on a photo to edit (or select edit) it will open in Photoshop - when you save (NOT save as) in Photoshop it will save to your iphoto library and life will be good

    If you want the option of editing in either iPhoto or Photoshop after you set Photoshop as the external editor change the setting to edit in main window - then right click (control click) on a photo and the contextual menu will allow you to select edit in Photoshop -- double click will edit in iPhoto

    Larry Nebel
  • 6. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)
    Jane

    There's actually no need whatever for the hack now:

    There are three ways (at least) to get files from the iPhoto Window.

    1. *Drag and Drop*: Drag a photo from the iPhoto Window to the desktop, there iPhoto will make a full-sized copy of the pic.

    2. *File -> Export*: Select the files in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export. The dialogue will give you various options, including altering the format, naming the files and changing the size. Again, producing a copy.

    3. *Show File*: Right- (or Control-) Click on a pic and in the resulting dialogue choose 'Show File'. A Finder window will pop open with the file already selected.

    To upload to MySpace or any site that does not have an iPhoto Export Plug-in the recommended way is to Select the Pic in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export and export the pic to the desktop, then upload from there. After the upload you can trash the pic on the desktop. It's only a copy and your original is safe in iPhoto.

    This is also true for emailing with Web-based services. If you're using Gmail you can use THIS

    If you use Apple's Mail, Entourage, AOL or Eudora you can email from within iPhoto.

    If you use a Cocoa-based Browser such as Safari, you can drag the pics from the iPhoto Window to the Attach window in the browser. Or, if you want to access the files with iPhoto not running, then create a Media Browser using Automator (takes about 10 seconds) or use THIS

    Also, for 10.5 users: If you use the extended Open or Attach dialogue (with Column View) you can scroll to the bottom of the Shortcuts and find the Media browser there. Select any pic you want from there.

    You can set Photoshop (or any image editor)as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically.


    Regards

    TD
  • 7. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Mactash Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    One question for you guys - How do you now archive from iPhoto 08? I like to archive some of my photos off at times as they mount up (12,000!). But with this new version I either have to do them individually or create a DVDs neither of which is what I want.
    Is their an archive feature in iPhoto that I haven't yet found?

    thanks!
  • 8. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,770 points)
    Mactash

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions.

    What do you mean by archive?

    Do you mean move files to an external HD?

    If so, simply copy your iPhoto Library to the external - now you have two copies. Then on your internal version remove any pics you don't want to keep there.

    Now you have a full library on the external and a smaller subset on the internal

    To choose which library to use, hold down the option (or alt) key when launching and select 'Choose Library'.

    To move files between the two, use iPhoto Library Manager.

    If you don't want to keep the files in a library, then select them in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export - and yes, you can export more than one at a time...

    Regards

    TD

    Message was edited by: Terence Devlin
  • 9. Re: Where did my picture folders go?
    Marjorie Colletta Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I tried to export a picture, but get an error message saying, "unable to create users/apple/desktop" which isn't very helpful. Can't drag them to the desktop either. This has only happened since upgrading to ilife '08, followed all the instructions. And in '07 was able to email these pictures directly from iphoto or attach in an email using mail without opening iphoto. Now when I attach them in iphoto, nothing happens, the process looks to be working, but no email opens.