1614 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2008 2:12 PM by Terence Devlin
I suggest you go to the Apple Downloads site and manually download and install updates. IMO it's safer and, in the case of system updates, you can make sure you get the COMBO updater which is much better than an incremental one.
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. Just put the application in the Dock and click on it whenever you want to backup the dB file. 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's now an Automator backup application for iPhoto 5 that will work with Tiger or Leopard.
Your response makes no sense - you ask for help and got it - and you now attack the very experienced level 5 support volunteer you gave you an excellent answer
There are Combo updates for both OS and for applications including iPhoto - and what makes one think the combo updates do better is EXPERIENCE - the same thing that gives them a level 5 rating
You have a good answer that will help you if you use it - it is totally your choice as to whether you use it or not
Old Toad has made a suggestion for your issue:
I suggest you go to the Apple Downloads site and manually download and install updates.
He then as some general advice on the subject of downloads:
IMO it's safer and, in the case of system updates, you can make sure you get the COMBO updater which is much better than an incremental one.
You’ll note, of course, that he specifies *in the case of system updates, you can make sure you get the COMBO update...*
So, even a cursory reading will be able to see a suggestion for your specific problem and so general updating advice.
His answer was wrong. Terence Devlin's answer was correct.
His EXPERIENCE did not amount to much in this case.
Here is the link to the iPhoto 7.1.4 combo updater that will update to 7.1.4 from any of the following versions"
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
iPhoto 7.1, 7.1.2, or 7.1.3
It pays to look before you complain - experience trumps flying off the handle every time
Message was edited by: LarryHN
I was not referring to combo updaters for the applications but making a general statement about using the download page and using the system updates as an example.
The reason combo updaters for system updates are safer is that they contain all the other updates leading up to it. Often a user will not apply the updates when they come out. If they then apply an incremental update it might not update earlier files that needed updating by earlier updates. This has resulted in system problems for many users. If you search in many of these forums for combo update or combo updater you'll find many posts with the same suggestion I make.
Evidently the Software Update didn't catch the required QT update. Using the Apple Downloads page you can see what has been released and what you need to apply to keep current. Or not .
Hi Old Toad,
I'm also having this problem with the iPhoto 7.1.5 Update. I tried what you advised by downloading the update directly, and when I try to run it, I get this error: "An eligible iPhoto application was not found in the location /Applications."
There aren't any updates on apple updates available to me, so I have no idea what's going on...
Many thanks for any help...