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iPhoto 11 deleting some keywords

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geena Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Mar 30, 2011 9:25 AM
Hi all,

Yesterday I started trying to add keywords to my photos in iPhoto. It went well for about 100 photos, then started getting a bit wonky.

If I added keywords a, b, c, d to a photo and then clicked outside the keyword box (say, to add location data, which was not doing well with batch editing), 2 of the keywords would just disappear. It was the same two keywords for every photo. I'd have to go back and add them again and then they'd stay.

Any idea what's going on there?
MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Mar 30, 2011 11:33 AM (in response to geena)
    Try the following:


    1 - apply all of the keywords to one photo. This will be the keyword "mule" file.
    2 - export the mule via the File ➙ Export ➙ File export menu option with the Format=JPEG and the check box to include the keywords checked.
    3 - create a new, text library and import the mule file (this will bring in all of your keywords into the new library) and a couple of others.
    4 - see if you get the same behavior as in your original library.


    Post back with the results.



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  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Mar 30, 2011 5:02 PM (in response to geena)
    I suggest you create 2 smart albums: 1 for problem keyword 1 and one for problem keyword 2.

    Then create 2 new keywords to replace those two. In one smart album 1 add new keyword1 to all of the photos. In smart album 2, add new keyword 2 to all the photos.

    Now open the keyword pane and delete those two original problem keywords.

    Repeat your keyword assignment process using the two new keywords and see if there's any change.

    If not you may have to reinstall iPhoto.
    3Ghz iMac, 4G RAM, 1TB HD; MBP 2.16 Ghz 2G RAM; 1.5TB/160GB HDs;, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Canon:i850/8600F, Epson R280; 4G Nano, 30G Video iPod; iPad 3G
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Mar 31, 2011 9:08 AM (in response to geena)
    If I did have to reinstall iPhoto, would all the work I've done so far be erased?


    No. The iPhoto library contains all of your photos and organizational efforts. Reinstalling the iPhoto application will have no affect on the library.
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