3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2008 12:41 PM by Old Toad
JCrew7384 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently updated iPhoto to the latest release, 7.1.4, and today after importing some new pictures, when I clicked on File -> Export, the Export pop-up box did not show up. It just didn't open. Computer did not hang, no spinning cursor, nothing. I restarted iPhoto. Nothing. I restarted computer and tried again, still nothing.

Why would the export box not appear. I haven't changed anything since before the update and the export option definitely worked then...


iMac, MacBook, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    The usual reason for this happening is that a third-party export plug-in is incompatible with the new version of iPhoto.

    You can manage (disable and remove) plug-ins using the Get Info window. Select iPhoto in the Applications folder and go File > Get Info. A new window opens and you'll notice the plug-ins pane.


  • JCrew7384 Level 1 (0 points)
    I removed all exporter plugins and re-added one by one. It appears that the HTMLExporter option was the one causing the issue... Isn't that a standard Apple one?
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,522 points)
    You must have a damage plugin or messed up permissions. Reactivate that plugin and repair disk permissions with Disk Utility. If that doesn't help you may need to reinstall iPhoto from the disks it came on. If you don't use the HTML exporter then just leave it inactivated.

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto (iPhoto.Library for iPhoto 5 and earlier) database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger or later), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 6 and 7 libraries and Tiger and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.

    Note: There now an Automator backup application for iPhoto 5 that will work with Tiger or Leopard.