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aRKay Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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Sep 23, 2012 3:02 PM

We had some prom pictures taken with an iPhone 4 that showed up in iPhoto with flashlight eyes.  I managed to repiair the flashligth eyes with the Red-Eye tool and clicked the "Done" button -  that is part of the new iPhoto with Mountain Lion 10.8.2.  That is the good news.  The bad news and purpose of this posting is I used the button on the lower right to share the file via email and the picture iPhoto placed in Mai was the unedited version. Either the "Done" button is not saving the change in 10.8.2 or  I am dooing something wrong


How do you save red-eye edits so the file can be shared?



Ps: My workaround for this suspected iPhoto defect is to disply the edited file in Red-Eye editor and user copy/paste to get it to Mail

iMac, MacBook Pro and iPad2, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:04 PM (in response to aRKay)

    Try this:  launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and create a new, test library.  Import some photos and check to see if the same problem persists. If you're able to save red eye edits in the test library your current library is the culprit.  In that case  make a temporary, backup copy (select the library and type Command+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.



    Since only one option can be run at a time start with Option #1, followed by #3 and then #4 as needed.


    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.




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Sep 23, 2012 5:20 PM (in response to aRKay)

    You're right. iPLM is a verson behind.  But since the test library performed the same try this:  make a temporary, backup copy (if you don't already have a backup copy) of the library and try the following:


    1 - delete the iPhoto preference file,, that resides in your

         User/Home()/Library/ Preferences folder.


    2 - delete iPhoto's cache file, Cache.db, that is located in your

         User/Home()/Library/Caches/ folder. 


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    3 - 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.


    NOTE 2:  In Lion and Mountain Lion the Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and hit the Enter button - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 9:57 AM (in response to aRKay)

    Log into another user account and try the red eye editing there. If is works there then there is a problem with your current account.  There is a possible fix if that's the case.  Post back with the results.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,235 points)
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    Sep 25, 2012 12:06 PM (in response to aRKay)
    it comes up with the flashlight eyes


    The they eyes are not red but appear more white the red eye tool won't work.


    Get rid of Flip4Mac or get the latest version which came out yesterday. You can find it at  If the new version works OK you can keep it.

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