3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2012 10:30 AM by Old Toad
petalas82 Level 1 (0 points)

Question I just installed iLife 11' and everything seem to have installed/update good except my iphoto, now it will not let me open iphoto. It says " You cant open this application iPhoto because it may be damaged or incomplete." Please help I dont want to lose my photo's. Thanks

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • LarryHN Level 9 (74,475 points)

    1 - Do you have a good, current backup? If you do not then you will lose all of yoru photos and other files sooner or later - software, computers and people fail and when they do a gooc backup is your only savior


    2 - for this try to install again and see if it resolved the issue - if it does not install the latest update for iPhoto '11



  • petalas82 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok so i reinstalled iLife 11 and now I can open iPhoto but once it opens I get a new error saying " You cant open your current photo library using this verison of iPhoto, you have made chages to your photo library using a newer virson." Then i have to click on quit.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (133,355 points)

    Sound like your library is damaged a bit. If you have the space available on your hard drive and don't aready have a backup copy of the library make a temporary, backup copy (select the library and type Commadn+D) and apply the two fixes below in order as needed:


    Fix #1


    Launch iPhoto with the Command+Option keys held down and rebuild the library.



    Select the options identified in the screenshot


    Fix #2


    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library


      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button, navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.
      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the File ➙ Rebuild Library menu option
      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.


    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments but not books, calendars or slideshows. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.