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pemarsh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Do you need to upgrade to iphoto 11 for Lion?  I have read aboutso many buggy problems with iphoto '11---i really dont want to take the chance of screwing up the computer.  We have over 20,000 pics in our library.

Maybe Ill run a test run on our laptop!

  • Kyzelios Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    It's hard to say until Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) is officially released, however that being said there have been success stories in the past with using older versions of iLife with newer versions of Mac OS X.

  • Will Bryan Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Any news to the above described issue.  When I upgrade to Lion will all my files remain in the same places including iPhoto?

    I know I should make a back up when doing any type of OS upgrade or install, but can I expect my files to remain in the smae place and when I open iPhoto after upgrading to Lion will my photos be the same?

  • MadisonP Level 5 Level 5 (4,735 points)

    Greetings Will,


    1. You are absolutely correct, always backup before you do any kind of software or hardware change on your computer.


    2. Apple suggests using iLife '11 in conjunction with Lion as thats the version that was tested. 

    -- I have personally tested iPhoto '06, '08, and '09 with Lion and they work in general, but not perfectly.  This makes sense as they were created before Lion ever existed so some of the code doesn't match up with the new OS.


    Lion does not move any files in the default location where iPhoto stores your pictures (Your User > Pictures > iPhoto Library).  As long as you have not moved your library to a non-standard location there should not be any issue with file movement associated with Lion.


    Regardless, backup your data regularly, especially when considering a large change like a new OS.



  • MadisonP Level 5 Level 5 (4,735 points)

    Found the link I was looking for after my original post


    iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, iDVD, and Garageband: Versions you should use with OS X Lion

  • badcyclist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have iLife 11, which was working fine with Snow Leopard.  Just tried it after installing Lion, and now it isn't working very well.  It lost the "button" to go into full screen mode, for one thing.  I can get pictures full screen by pushing control/command/F but can't edit in full screen mode.


    I am going to try to download the latest version of iPhoto again to see if that helps....

  • badcyclist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Nope, trying to install 9.1.5 again didn't work.  If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share; otherwise I just submitted a bug report to Apple.

  • nuno c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My photos they all desapeared!!!! I have instaled the Lion and they are gone!

    I go to Time machine and I cannot find them either. CAN ANYONE HELP ME PLEASE!?!?! I had over 25.000 photos!

    Thank you

  • icepick3000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have an iphoto library with 90,000 pics and I went back from Lion to SL.. it was just to buggy for me. Iphoto kept on crashing and library rebuilding also crashed. The iphoto 11 is so full of bugs.. the previous version was a lot more stable.

  • Grampa Doodie Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)



    The full screen button has been moved to the very upper right corner of your iPhoto window. Use your Esc. key to get rid of full screen mode.



  • Nathan.To Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sadly I can relate to many of the issues here. I upgraded to Lion and now my iPhoto library is seriously messed up. I have tens of thousands of photos with faces and places. I look at the faces now, and they are all over the place.


    So, WARNING: Do NOT upgrade to Lion if you use iPhoto.


    It was sort of stable on SL (though the places/locations feature is unusable).

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,515 points)

    Why would you assume that upgrading to Lion is bad for everybody, just because you had a problem. I've uograded severl machines and more thn 10 Libraries with no issues whatever. Perhaps, if you provided details of what you did and the results some one might help you with your local problem.






  • Nathan.To Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I upgraded to Lion from SL using the App Store install.


    I then opened iPhoto and discovered that many of my face associations with photos were of the wrong faces, when they had not been previously, or not even of faces at all.


    The number of phtos that have the wrong face association is about one in ten, and reaches back over many years of photos.


    It was OK before the upgrade, and not after the upgrade. It is that simple.





  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,515 points)

    That's a symptom of a damaged Library. Try restore from your back up. Or, if that's not possible:


    Option 1

    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. Choose to Rebuild iPhoto Library Database from automatic backup.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    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. .





  • Nathan.To Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    Many thanks for the ideas. I tried the rebuild in option 1, but that didn't work.


    I looked at the tool for option 2 also. That would, as you say, lose all of my book and calendar projects, which I really don't want. Or, at least, if that is what I need to do, then I may as well start again from scratch.


    It is clear that whatever option I choose, I have a lot of work to do to rebuild my library. Since iPhoto has been quite flaky, and the usability in '11 is on a downward trend, I shall investigate Picasa, and probably others, before deciding on my next steps.





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