10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 23, 2008 11:18 AM by Jan Wessel
Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When starting up the iPhoto Browser and click Events it does not show any Events in the iPhote Database. The iPhoto Browser preview pane is dark.
(Yes, they are visible in iPhoto itself)

When I quit Aperture, start the iPhoto Browser again, click Photo's it shows all.
If I then click Events again, the iPhoto Browser preview pane goes dark again, and clicking Photo's does not show Photo's either. (i.e. the iPhote Browser preview pane stays dark)

I tried the rebuild function of iPhoto to do an integrity check.
I tried putting back an older version of the iPhote Library using Time Machine.
I tried deleting the Aperture .plist
Now I am running out of idea's.
Someone ?

MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 4GB
  • rwboyer Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
    I have no idea why this happens but am curious as to why you still want to use iPhoto when you have Aperture. Seems like a waste of time to me but would love to know what the attraction is to doing this.

  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am on the verge of buying Aperture (running the 30 day trial version) and trying to get photo's from iPhoto into Aperture.
    But if that ain't working....
    Then I get a bit suspicous about buying this software.

    On the other hand, as so many people use it, it must be something on my machine, or me doing something wrong.

    I watched the instruction video on the Apple site, and it clearly shows iPhoto Browser going to iPhoto Events and flipping though them.

    So that is why I want to understand what is happening before spending $199
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,940 points)

    Can you see the Events in any other app that integrates with iPhoto? Pages, for instance, or even in any ‘Open...’ Dialogue?

    Open dialogue
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    RB Many folks - myself included - need to keep iPhoto going for those in the household who prefer it.


  • rwboyer Level 4 Level 4 (3,170 points)
    You could just import the whole shebang and try aperture out. If you do end up going with Aperture I have a lot of material that help you get the most out of it here: [Aperture Articles|http://photo.rwboyer.com/category/apple-aperture>

    Good luck - If you shoot a lot of images or have a lot of images you can't really go wrong with Aperture.

  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    In Finder I do not see Media.
    I used Textedit to Open and yes there is Media.
    Including Aperture and iPhoto.
    And with iPhoto the Events are there and I can flip trough them.
    That would indicate the problem is with Aperture I suppose.

    I also ran Diskutility to check and correct privileges.

    As I am in Holland I am running in Dutch, I will switch to English and re Boot the system.
    (Getting desperate... )


  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried to imbed some pics, but didn't succeed.
    So here are some links:

    First time clicking iPhoto Browser
    It says "No items to Show"

    Then click on Photo's:
    Nothing wrong there.

    Now click on Events again:
    The iPhoto Browser preview pane turns dark.

    Then click on Photo's again:
    The iPhone Browser preview pane stays dark.

    I hope this clarifys my problem some more.
    And changing to English did not help.


  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,940 points)
    What’s odd is that the Sharing is available in other apps but not in Aperture.

    Let’s try and reset that sharing feature in iPhoto. TO do this we’ll need to move a file out of the Library and iPhoto will then be forced to re-create it.

    Go to your Pictures Folder and find the iPhoto Library there. Right (or Control-) Click on the icon and select 'Show Package Contents'. A finder window will open with the Library exposed.

    Look there for a file called AlbumData.xml

    Drag it to the Desktop. *Make no other changes*.

    Launch iPhoto.

    Give it a few moments to regenerate the file.

    The Launch Aperture and see if that helps.


  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello Terence,

    That soution was menitoned is some other topic too.
    So I head already tried that with no succes.

    Then I installed Aperture again.
    I have different accounts on my MB, and for some accounts it worked fine.
    But for the account with the problem, no succes.

    Another option was to download iPhoto Library Manager.
    (I had already done that, reading another topic...)
    "The Rebuild function of iPhoto Library Manager is the creation of an entirely new library based on the AlbumData.xml file in the damaged one."

    I was a bit scared, and had to make some space available on the HD.
    It ran for about 6 hours, but it seems to have done the trick.
    When I go into iPhoto, everything looks familiar.

    When I go into Aperture, the iPhoto Browser now sees all iPhoto Events.
    So I am happy again.

    I wonder how does Aperture know to go the Rebuilt Library istead of the iPhoto Library that is still there.
    And can I rename the Rebuilt one back to iPhoto, once I removed that one?



    (P.s and I will drop an email to Brian Webster saying thanks for ceating this nice tool)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (134,940 points)
    I wonder how does Aperture know to go the Rebuilt Library istead of the iPhoto Library that is still there.

    And can I rename the Rebuilt one back to iPhoto, once I removed that one?

    In iPhoto the Default library is always the last one opened. So the rebuilt one is the current default.

    And yes you can.


  • Jan Wessel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I trashed the corrupted iPhoto Library.
    Renamed the Rebuild one to it's original name.
    Put back the saved files from my external HD to the MacBook.
    And I am back where I was, exploring Aperture.

    Thanks for all the advice here!