4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2009 10:51 PM by BgMC
BgMC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have over 7000 images. Some of the Iphoto thumbnails are from my desktop file and some from the DATA file copied into Iphoto. I want to rebuild my thumbnails using all of the pictures on my desk top, not copying them/duplicating into Iphoto. The reason I want to rebuild Iphoto is years ago while copying and moving pictures on another PC the picture data was deleted and the date data of the pics was lost. If I load the images, Iphoto mixes the images up. I have organized all the pics on my desktop into folders by month and year. When I tried to rebuild, old photos show up again so I deleted the original Data (photos) in Iphoto and after rebuilding they reappeared with many images just black boxes. I was expecting a blank page so I could start to build the thumbnails from my desktop folders.

How do I get a blank screen/no images in Iphoto? Select all the images and drag to trash? To be safe I have all my pictures saved on 2 ext hard drives. Also can a select a group (i.e. by month) and change all the date info at one time?

If you can help...THANKS

iMAC, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (131,900 points)
    BgMc

    It’s difficult to advise you because you’re using non-standard terms. I’m worried that if I misunderstood something that I might give you a bum steer.

    Some general principles: Don’t “clear iPhoto”. Instead make a new Library: Hold down the option (or alt) key key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'.

    When you have this new Library working you can delete the old one.

    In general, if you have a Folder of images and you drag them to the Source (or left-hand) Pane in iPhoto the pics will be imported and a new Album and Roll will be created. This may help.

    Some of the Iphoto thumbnails are from my desktop file and some from the DATA file copied into Iphoto.


    I have no idea why you would want thumbnails. Surely you want the full sized files? What’s a desktop file? Do you mean Desktop Folder?, also what’s a DATA file?

    I want to rebuild my thumbnails using all of the pictures on my desk top, not copying them/duplicating into Iphoto.


    This makes no sense to me. Why are you rebuilding thumbnails? And if you don’t want to use iPhoto then why are you posting here?

    so I deleted the original Data (photos) in Iphoto and after rebuilding they reappeared with many images just black boxes


    Here’s a really good general principle:

    Don't change anything in the iPhoto Library Folder via the Finder or any other application. iPhoto depends on the structure as well as the contents of this folder. Moving things, renaming things or otherwise making changes will prevent iPhoto from working and could even cause you to damage or lose your photos.

    Regards

    TD
  • BgMC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TD,

    Very helpful advise. Sorry for the confusing terms.

    When I mention Iphoto thumbnails I mean pictures. Since I can view the pics small I called the thumbnails.

    I know what to do now.

    Thank you very much.
  • BgMC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TD,

    I have started to build another library but the year and month that appears when scrolling is wrong. Years ago the data on the pictures go messed up while transfering my pictures. For instance a group of pictures taken in July 2001 shows as December 1999. How can I change the date associated with the picture? Can I select a group of pictures and do this? It will take me months one by one.

    Thanks
  • BgMC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TD,

    I got it... found our how to change batch pic info in HELP.

    Thank you very much!