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Every Other File Unreadable on Export.

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May 29, 2011 1:52 AM

Whenever I try to export photos from iPhoto to a Flash Drive to use on my TV, digital photo frame or friend's Windows computer, iPhoto seems to export two files for each photo - one is the normal photo file and one seems to be some sort of copy of it with the prefix  ._  before each filename. Obviously these additional files can't be read by TVs or photo frames, meaning that when I view a slideshow on these other devices, every other photo comes up as an unreadable file error message.

 

Yet if I put the Flash Drive back in the Mac, these other files can't be seen and therefore can't be deleted.

 

The Flash Drive has been formatted as a FAT32 disk in order to try and make sure it's compatible.

 

Anyone know what this second file is for and how to get around this problem.

 

My Mac is a 17" iMac - PowerPC G4 - 1.25 GHz - 768 MB RAM - running 10.5.8.

iPhoto is iPhoto 4.0.3.

 

P.S. I realise it's an ancient iPhoto version I'm using, but I did upgrade to iPhoto 6 a while back, but was disappointed with the Slideshow features compared to version 4 so I Time Machined back.

(This thread has the details of those issues, though I got no replies):

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2631510?threadID=2631510&tstart=0

 

Any thoughts or advice on my current problem most gratefully received.

Mac OS X (10.5.8), 17" iMac PPC G4 1.25 GHz 10.5.8
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,670 points)
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    May 29, 2011 2:23 AM (in response to legolas-woodelf)

    What you're seeing is the Resource Fork of the file. The FAT on Windows doesn't understand it and it shows as this apparent second file.

     

    http://www.macupdate.com/find/mac/resource%20fork

     

    Lists many of the apps and utilities that you can use to strip these from the files.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,670 points)
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    May 29, 2011 2:58 PM (in response to legolas-woodelf)

    No, Resource Forks and ds_store files are not the same thing.

     

    Resource forks are part of the actual file. Ds_store files are part of the folders that contain the files.

     

    I have used both Blue Harvest and the Grim Ripper (see link above) with success.

     

    Regards

     

     

    TD

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