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can't open library in iphoto

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I get a error box: "You can't open your current photo library using this version of iPhoto. You have made changes to your photo library using a newer version of iPhoto. Please quit and use the latest version of iPhoto."
1. I can't open iPhoto to find out which version I am using...I think 6.
2. I can't find a "newer version"
3. Software Update under the Apple menu doesn't offer a new version.
4. I checked under "Downloads" under iLife/iPhoto on the Support website, and no indication of what version I should be using.

HELP! I leave for Africa on Monday the 10th!!!! And my G4 is supposed to go with me!
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  • Smtr Level 5 Level 5 (5,450 points)
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    Mar 3, 2008 9:44 PM (in response to Bud oh)
    You can find out what version you have without launching the application. In the Finder, in your Applications folder, select iPhoto. (Click once, not twice, to select.) Then do File > Get Info and the version number will be reported at the top of the Info box.

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  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Mar 4, 2008 1:27 PM (in response to Bud oh)
    Hi, Budoh. That error message appears whenever the iPhoto application can "see" any iPhoto library that was created with a later version of iPhoto. It can appear, for example, when someone using iPhoto 7 has given a CD or DVD of pictures that she's burned in iP 7 to a user of iP 6: when that disc is in his computer, the iP 6 user will get the error message on trying to open iP 6. It can appear when an external hard drive or flash drive containing an iP 7 library is connected to a computer that contains only iP 6. I'm not sure an iP 7 library on a computer that's networked with a computer containing iP 6 can trigger it, but I suspect so.

    The point is, in any case, that the message may not be talking about your main iPhoto Library — it may have to do with another iPhoto Library to which your computer temporarily has access. If such a library is on a CD, DVD, external drive, flash drive or other storage device that can be removed or disconnected from your computer, do that, and then try opening iPhoto again.

    If, on the other hand, your own iPhoto Library really has been "touched" (opened or altered) by a later version of iPhoto, there is no way to downgrade it again for use with the older version.
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  • Mobebk Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2008 4:41 PM (in response to Bud oh)
    Im guessing you copied over an iPhoto library from another computer, and that computer had a newer version of iPhoto in it. Please be more specific in reporting problems (was it working fine before, did you do some type of upgrade, was something copied, etc..), otherwise we are all guessing as to what got you into the predicament.

    If my guess is correct, you got 2 options: upgrade iPhoto or create a new library and import the photos from the newer iPhoto library into them.

    1. hold option + click the iPhoto icon in your dock and create a new library
    2. import the Originals folder from the desired iPhoto library. If it's an iPhoto 08 library, control + click the iPhoto Library, and 'Show Package Contents' and copy over the original folder to the newly created Library
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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)
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    Mar 5, 2008 12:10 AM (in response to Bud oh)
    This can also be caused by

    1. A Photos CD in the disk drive: Eject it and try again.


    2. A damaged database file:

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords back.


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