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priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi ,


If i save few pics from an external hard disk to the MAC desktop and then import it to iphoto, then is there a need of keeping pics on the desktop, as i guess that once they are imported to iphoto, they automatically gets saved. Also if they do get saved, where do they originally get stored and is the size taken for storing in iphoto same?



MacBook Pro
  • Logan P. Level 1 (10 points)

    You can delete the pictures as long as "Copy photos to the iphoto library" is check in Iphoto Preferences < Advanced.  Only do this after the import.


    The files are stored in the iPhoto library in iphoto, your not going to find them in finder.  They're stored in the same file size.


    Hope that answers your questions.



  • priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)

    okay what i did was i copied them onto the desktop, from there i imported them into iphoto & when i deleted the pics from desktop, i was still able to access them in iphoto, hence its safe to delete them once i have imported them to iphoto, isn it?


    Yes i chcked Iphoto Preferences< Advanced and the option for 'Copy items to the ihpto library' is checked in.


    Also when i am tryin to zoom the pic by using twi finger pinch i am not able to do that, any idea on that?



  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,551 points)

    That sounds like a hardware issue.  Ask in the forum that covers the input device that you're using.



  • priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)

    but in the evening i zoomed like that and it happened. but now it is not happening >:(

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,551 points)

    Try the following:


    1 - delete  the iPhoto preference file,, that resides in your Home/Library/Preferences folder. 

    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file,, Cache.dbt, that is located in your Home/Library/Caches/ folder. 

    3 - reboot, launch iPhoto and try again.


    NOTE: If you're moved your library from its default location in your Home/Pictures folder you will have to point iPhoto to its new location when you next open iPhoto by holding down the Option key when launching iPhoto.  You'll also have to reset the iPhoto's various preferences..

  • priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)

    but where can i find home/library/preferences folder.

    i am not able to find it anywhere .

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,551 points)

    This is your Home/Library/Preferences folder:


    Click to view full size

  • priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)



    Yeah i very well understood why we clear cache.dbt but do not know the logic about clearing iPhoto preference file,, that resides in  Home/Library/Preferences folder, although i have already done that, Could you please tell me why we should clear this file too?



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    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.

  • priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)

    wow  that really helped.

    can you tell me which is the better and preffered option to follow between having copy items to photo library  or not having it savd in photolibrary?

    Also i found out that when we view a pic in full screen the zoom pinch does not work, is it like that?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)
    can you tell me which is the better and preffered option to follow between having copy items to photo library  or not having it savd in photolibrary?


    It is much better - particularly for someone inexperienced with Macs and/or iPhoto - to allow iPhoto to copy items to the Library on import.




    A Referenced Library is when iPhoto is NOT copying the files into the iPhoto Library when importing. The files are then stored where ever you put them and not in the Library package. In this scenario you are responsible for the File Management.


    This is an attractive option for some users at face value, but it contains a significant number of issues that you might want to consider before making the decision to run a Referenced Library


    How to do it:


    iPhoto -> Preferences -> Advanced and uncheck the box at 'Copy items to the iPhoto Library'


    Now when you import iPhoto makes an alias in the Library Package that points to the stored file. Note: iPhoto still creates a thumbnail of the image and it makes a Preview of edited photos inside the Library Package.




    1. You are responsible for file management. That's more work:


    You must first move the files from your camera to the storage location before importing.


    If you want to delete files then you must first trash them from iPhoto and then afterwards find them in your storage and trash them.


    Thereafter, you cannot move the files on early versions of iPhoto at all, on iPhoto 08 and later you may move them on the same Volume or Disk. If you move them to a new volume or disk the aliases my break. If they are on an different volume and you move them the aliases will break.


    You cannot rename the files.


    Migrating: moving to a new machine, moving the files to another disk are all a lot more complex.


    2. You gain no extra functionality from running a Referenced Library. Nothing. This is just storage. You still manage the files via iPhoto. You edit them with iPhoto or via iPhoto's External Editor setting, otherwise your changes will not be available in iPhoto. You don't save  byte of storage space.


    3.  If you have the Library on one volume and the photos on another you if anything changes in the path to a file (Like if you upgrade your machine, move the files on the NAS or on to another one?) then the alias will break, and you may have to repair it manually. For every photo in the Library. One at a time.


    Why do you want to run a Referenced Library?


    Because my photos won't fit on my HD?


    You can run a Managed library from an external disk. Make sure the drive is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled)


    1. Quit iPhoto


    2. Copy the iPhoto Library from your Pictures Folder to the External Disk.


    3. Hold down the option (or alt) key while launching iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Choose Library' and navigate to the new location. From that point on this will be the default location of your library.


    4. Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.


    You're worried about accessing the files?


    There are many, many ways to access your files in iPhoto:   You can use any Open / Attach / Browse dialogue. On the left there's a Media heading, your pics can be accessed there. Command-Click for selecting multiple pics.


    Open dialogue-1.jpg



    (Note the above illustration is not a Finder Window. It's the dialogue you get when you go File -> Open)


    You can access the Library from the New Message Window in Mail:


    New Message Window.jpg


    There's a similar option in Outlook and many, many other apps.  If you use Apple's Mail, Entourage, AOL or Eudora you can email from within iPhoto.


    If you use a Cocoa-based Browser such as Safari, you can drag the pics from the iPhoto Window to the Attach window in the browser.


    If you want to access the files with iPhoto not running:


    For users of 10.6 and later:  You can download a free Services component from MacOSXAutomation  which will give you access to the iPhoto Library from your Services Menu.


    Using the Services Preference Pane you can even create a keyboard shortcut for it.

    For Users of 10.4 and 10.5 Create a Media Browser using Automator (takes about 10 seconds) or use this free utility Karelia iMedia Browser


    Other options include:



    Drag and Drop: Drag a photo from the iPhoto Window to the desktop, there iPhoto will make a full-sized copy of the pic.


    File -> Export: Select the files in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export. The dialogue will give you various options, including altering the format, naming the files and changing the size. Again, producing a copy.


    Show File:  a. On iPhoto 09 and earlier:  Right- (or Control-) Click on a pic and in the resulting dialogue choose 'Show File'. A Finder window will pop open with the file already selected.    3.b.


    b: On iPhoto 11 and later: Select one of the affected photos in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Reveal in Finder -> Original. A Finder window will pop open with the file already selected.


    You want to edit a shot with another editor?


    You can set Photoshop (or any image editor) as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically. This is the only way that edits made in another application will be displayed in iPhoto.






  • priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)

    phew, it would be wrong to say i understood everything but still then i managed to get 70% of it


    what about zoom pinch? it does not work when we view a pic in full screen? Also if i edit a picture , where doed it gets saved, how cna i access it and by what nae it gets saved?


    Thanks mate!

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    I don't know anything about the zoom/pinch thing.


    Also if i edit a picture , where doed it gets saved,


    It's stored in the iPhoto Library


    how cna i access it and by what nae it gets saved?


    You can access it using every single one of the methods above. It gets saved with the same name as the original.


    To access the original: File -> Export and set the kind to Original in the Export Dialogue






  • priyank1 Level 1 (0 points)

    okie but if i will edit apicture and it will get saved by the same name, will not it replace the original picture?

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