10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2009 4:43 AM by sirslabknit
sirslabknit Level 1 (0 points)
Until recently when deleting a photo in iPhoto, the screen advanced automatically to the next photo having moved the photo to trash. Now the deleted photo remains displayed on screen, and I have to press the right cursor key to advance to the next photo. (The photo is indeed deleted which I can check pressing the left cursor key). This new behaviour is inconvenient and annoying.

I have just tested the same facility on my Macbook, and the original behaviour, i.e. moving to the next picture after deletion works fine.

Am I missing something?

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    Back Up and try rebuild the library: hold down the command and option (or alt) keys while launching iPhoto. Use the resulting dialogue to rebuild.


  • sirslabknit Level 1 (0 points)
    I tried the default option in Rebuild "Rebuild the photos small thumbnails" but this does not solve the problem. I am hesitant to try the other options in case I get into more trouble! Maybe I should just go ahead?
  • LarryHN Level 9 (77,136 points)
    1 - make sure you have a current backup (you ALWAYS must have a current backup - things will happen)

    2 - rebuild from the last automatic database backup

  • sirslabknit Level 1 (0 points)
    For backup I am using Time Machine. I assume that if ever needed to I could recover from the Time Machine drive. Is that what is meant by "automatic backup"? I have also copied the whole of iPhoto library to my desktop. About 180 Gbytes. Thanks for all advice but I am still uncertain of the route to take.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    s that what is meant by "automatic backup"?

    No this is an option when you hold the option (or alt) key and launch iPhoto.

    I have also copied the whole of iPhoto library to my desktop.

    From where? Why?

    Use the Rebuild Options that iPhoto offers.


  • sirslabknit Level 1 (0 points)
    OK. Thanks.

    On my set up which if fully up to date there is no "backup" option when you launch with the option key. There is only a list of photo libraries and an option to create a new library. (I could create a new library and transfer all my photos to it I suppose.)

    I copied my Iphoto library which is in the Pictures folder (use Finder) to the desktop just for extra safety.

    My iPhoto help says use either Time Machine or the Backup utility, which can be found in Applications.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    My apologies:

    The rebuild function is accessed by holding the *command and option (or alt) keys* .

  • sirslabknit Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks again TD.

    I have now done a complete rebuild, i.e ticked every box in the rebuild options.

    The problem ( which I can live with) persists. When deleting a photo the display does not skip to the next photo. It stays on the deleted photo and you must move to the next photo in the Event with the right cursor key. Having said that the photo is in act deleted properly

    I suspect this is an Apple software problem possibly associated with size : 11200 photos 480 events, and 180GB in total.

    Maybe Apple read these forums, else I will find a way of reporting to them direct.

    Many thanks
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    That's a large library but iPhoto is rated for more than twice that - i.e. 250,000 images.

    It suggests to me that there is this minor corruption in the database, and it's in the back up too.

    As the library is large you may not want to go for the next stage:

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. This will create a new library based on data in the albumdata.xml file. Not everything will be brought over - no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your albums and keywords back.

    Because this process creates an entirely new library and leaves your old one untouched, it is non-destructive, and if you're not happy with the results you can simply return to your old one.


  • sirslabknit Level 1 (0 points)
    Terence. Thanks a million.

    I created a new library with Iphoto Library Manager. And the problem I had has gone. That is, after deletion of a photo the display now displays the next photo.

    The process took about 5 hours and my MacPro is the latest. Quite a task.

    The process found a few duplicates but I answered yes to import on these. I can deal with them later. Also it failed to import a small number of files saying they were the wrong format. They were scanned images. No problem with those.

    Nor is a problem that books, slideshows or calendars do not appear.

    I like the look of the software iPhoto Library Manager. I think I may use it to separate photos into "Good" and "Others".

    Thanks again

    John Ellis