6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2007 10:13 AM by merma
Jaimie Jensen1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
When I try and find my pictures on my hard drive, there is only a iPhoto Library icon but no pictures show up. I upgraded my iLife to '08 and now I can't find the folder in which my pictures are stored. I can't drag and drop the pictures from iPhoto for everything! Say I wanted to upload the picture on MySpace, I click Browse and find the iPhoto Library icon but it's not a folder! Is there a different place they are stored? Or do I have to drag and drop everything to my iDisk in order to have a folder with my pictures in it? Any help would be great.

G4, Mac OS X (10.4.8), iPhoto '08
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,920 points)
    chipmunk99

    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.

    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
  • merma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Is there any way to make the whole library available to Windows machines on the network? In iPhoto 06 there were visible to all machines I gave rights to. Now they are in a proprietary format? Can I export all the photos in one shot to create a mirror of the library so other machine with iLife can see the photos? If not, how do I go back to iLife 06?
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,920 points)
    merma

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions.

    iPhoto is not designed to network with Windows machines. Does Windows understand Alias files? If so the hack detailed above should solve the problem.

    The library format is v6 was a hack too, it was never the intended use of the iPhoto Library Folder that it should be browsed by users or other software.

    Now they are in a proprietary format?


    No, it's a UNIX package file. Right-Click on the pkg file and choose 'Show Package Contents'... nothing hidden or proprietary there.

    Can I export all the photos in one shot to create a mirror of the library so other machine with iLife can see the photos?


    Why do that when you can use Sharing?

    If you want the other machine to be able to see the pics, but not add to, change or alter your library, then enable Sharing in your iPhoto (Preferences -> Sharing), leave iPhoto running. On the other machine, enable 'Look For Shared Libraries'. Your Library will appear in her source pane.

    Remember iPhoto must be running on both machines for this to work.

    You can, if you choose, export the lot into a folder, but this won't be updated when you add new pictures or make changes.

    If not, how do I go back to iLife 06?


    Have you got a v6 library untouched? If so, simply install v6 and use on the v6 library. If you don't have a v6 library, then you'll need to re-install v6 and then create a new library from scratch. v6 cannot read a v7 library.

    Regards

    TD
  • merma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok. I understand the most of this reply. What do you mean by 'Hack above'? Are you referring to the work arounds? I will have to look into Windows Alia. Thanks
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (128,920 points)
    I mean the last para of my reply above:

    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
  • merma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    got it.
    I've decided to duplicate the files in the 'show package' onto a differnt network drive rather than risk corrupting the data file originals.
    Thanks for the Help.