10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2010 5:42 AM by BRYNLEYBOY
Urabus2008 Level 1 (0 points)
I have an issue with the order in which photos appear in events and when imported into iphoto.

The photos are in the incorrect time order and I am unable to figure out how to view the correctly. ie photos taken at 6am appear after photos taken at 10am and photos taken at 4pm appear before 10am photos etc.

The events consists of several photos from several cameras but also do not run in order of time they are taken.

I have tried view>sort> date but this dose not change time.

Any help would be great.


Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,630 points)
    Where are you getting the timings on the files from? There are two places that will show date and time - the File and the Exif metadata. iPhoto uses the Exif.

    You can check the exif on the files using an app likeEXIFViewer


  • Urabus2008 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply.

    One thing that I forgot to state was this was not an issue prior to updating to snow leopard.

    iPhoto version is 8.1.1

    The photo info is obtained in the lower left corner of iphoto when you click on a photo.

    Will look into exifviewer but will this allow me to sort the photos or just give me more info on the photos?

    Thanks for your help.
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,630 points)
    This will tell you if the date on the Exif is correct.


  • Urabus2008 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have checked the photos using Exif and the dates and times are correct as displayed in iphoto.

    Is there a way to sort the photos in iphoto to be viewed in the order of the time they were taken when taken of different cameras?

    What is happening is all of camera ones photos (P10001) appear then camera twos (IMG_0477) is it to do with the file names?

    Thanks again for you help.
  • BRYNLEYBOY Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi. I have a similar problem importing some photos from a zip file. They unzip in the right order, but appear randomly when I import them into Iphoto. I've tried copy/paste to another folder and although they import in the right order then, as soon as I click on the film roll they revert to random. Any advice?
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,630 points)
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions.

    That Zip file is in the FInder and the finder sorts by file data - name, kind, creation date...

    iPhoto sorts by photo data - Title, Exif date and time and so on.

    Explore the options in the View -> Sort Photos menu command.


  • Urabus2008 Level 1 (0 points)
    HI again,

    You mentioned iphoto sorts by time any reasons why it does not do this following upgrading to snow leopard?

    The view->sort does not allow time preference... just date and that is my problem.

    I want the photos to be sorted by time ie. The chronological order based on when they were taken regardless of what camera they where taken from.

    Any ideas how I can do this?
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (136,630 points)
    So, if I understand you correctly

    IN an Event, photos are are sorted by Camera, then by date?

    So: Camera A -> Correct date and time sort, followed by Camera B -> Correct Date and Tme Sort

    But you cannot get iPhoto to ignore the Camera models and get a universal Date and Time sort?

    I cannot replicate this in my libraries. I'm always getting a universal D&T sort.

    Try trash the com.apple.iPhoto.plist file from the HD/Users/ Your Name / library / preferences folder. (Remember you'll need to reset your User options afterwards. These include minor settings like the window colour and so on. Note: If you've moved your library you'll need to point iPhoto at it again.)

    What's the plist file? For new users: Every application on your Mac has an accompanying plist file. It records certain User choices. For instance, in your favourite Word Processor it remembers your choice of Default Font, on your Web Browser is remembers things like your choice of Home Page. It even recalls what windows you had open last if your app allows you to pick up from where you left off last. The iPhoto plist file remembers things like the location of the Library, your choice of background colour, whether you are running a Referenced or Managed Library, what preferences you have for autosplitting events and so on. Trashing the plist file forces the app to generate a new one on the next launch, and this restores things to the Factory Defaults. Hence, if you've changed any of these things you'll need to reset them. If you haven't, then no bother. Trashing the plist file is Mac troubleshooting 101.


  • Urabus2008 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your help

    I have fixed the events order. I will wait and see what happens when new photos are imported.

    Thanks again for the advise!
  • BRYNLEYBOY Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your response, have only just returned to this problem.
    I've tried the view options, but it doesnt help - when I sort by date, it removes the rolls from the view, but still retains the pix in the wrong order.
    Any more suggestions gratefully received.