8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2012 10:37 AM by birdy176
birdy176 Level 1 (5 points)

The iPhone app has disappeared from the Applications Folder and clicking on the dock icon does not open it.


When opening the Photo Library, this message appears:


Album Data File for this library is malformed. Encountered unknown ampersand-escape sequence at line 7. See iPhoto Library Manager help for trouble shooting info.


That led me to a long trouble shooting site about what to do about the AlbumData.xml File. Not being a programmer, the instructions are of no help and I am desperately looking for ways to have my iPhoto app back.


My photos were all saved to a dedicated external drive to prevent their loss. Have just deleted iPhoto '08 (or think I did...) which resided on the internal HDD.




Can I purchase an upgrade of iPhoto? Or do I have to upgrade to Lion? Will a new version of iLife or iPhoto - which I would gladly purchase - eliminate that "line 7 ampersand" error that now prevents access to iPhoto?


Re-installing my OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.3 from Apple disk did not work.


I have some 12,000 photos and movies (am 84 years old...) on the external drive and cannot access any of them. Have installed Picasa just to be able to download my movies and pictures until I have a working version of iPhoto again.

Please help!


Thank you!

iMac (20-inch Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.6.7), Panasonic VDR-D300, Fuji Finepix
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,910 points)

    The version of iPhoto you had will be on the System Restore disks that came with your computer. To use the version of iPhoto on the App Store you would need to also update the OS to Lion, minimum.


    As for installing Picasa, Image Capture (in your Applications Folder) can do that job.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,941 points)

    TD does not mean that Image Capture can install Picasa as it sounds but that Image Capture comes with every Mac and it will download movies and photos so Piasa may not be needed 



    to reinstall iPhoto - go to your receipts folder ("Your hard drive" ==> library ==> receipts) and remove any iPhoto receipts and reinstall from the restore disks that came with your computer - do a custom install of bundled software only



    For more information  <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/132243/2008/02/pacifist.html"> click here for the MacWorld article on reinstalling OS X applications.</a>




  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,388 points)

    See if a Software Restore disk like one of these came with your Mac.  If so you can use it to reinsatll iPhoto and then update it to the latest version of that particular version:




  • birdy176 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you for your replies, TD, Larry and OT.


    Have tried to re-install my original Leopard disks but there was no Software Restore disk. The iPhoto icon reappeared in the App folder but wouldn't open the file when returned to the dock. Have perused every advice you have given here and tried them all, including the very informative links.


    The suggestion to delete "Receipts" led me to a window with 4001 ominous error and exception warrnings.


    Image Capture downloaded the latest batch of JPGs from the camera directly into Picasa.


    Short of buying a new computer, is there any way I can order a new version (am on Snow Leopard now) so as to re-activate my iPhoto that came with my Leopard v. 10.5, upgraded to Snow Leopard 10.6.3? That might not fix my problem if there's something hidden that could re-appear in a new version.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,941 points)

    Are those purchased Leopard disks or the restore disks that came with your computer? Purchased Leopard idisks do not have iLife on them - it is a seperate purchase - the restore disks that came with your computer have iLife on them


    You can purchase an older version of iLife on eBay or Amazon



  • birdy176 Level 1 (5 points)



    The disks are gray,inscribed as : Install disc 1 &2, "Part of Hardware Bundle, not to be sold separately".


    Disc 1 is version 10.5.2, disc 2 says version 1.0.


    I thought I have iLife but if you feel I don't, what do I specify when looking on EBay? A search in Finder brings up only "iLife Sound Effects", dated May 2007.


    My iPhoto simply disappeared. It worked perfectly well in Snow Leopard until two weeks ago. I had made no changes. I like the "Event" feature and editing features and installed Picasa just as a backup and it's doing its job.


    I have a dedicated external drive for Time Machine which I expected to help but a lengthy restore to about a month ago accomplished nothing more than bringing the iPhoto badge back into the Application window without giving me access to iPhoto itself.


    Thank you for your patience.

  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,941 points)

    the restore disks that came with your computer have iLife on them

    THey are on disk 2


    reinstall from the restore disks that came with your computer - do a custom install of bundled software only



    What exactly happens when you double click on the iphoto icon in the Applications folder?



  • birdy176 Level 1 (5 points)



    I did the re-install, just as you suggested last week and also observed choosing "bundled software only", to no avail. It took about half an hour before it signalled that "Installation was successful". The only result was that the large iPhoto icon took its place in the Application Folder.


    As for your question: Double clicking "slingshots" the iPhoto logo onto the dock where it bounces once.


    Clicking or dbl. clicking on it (on the dock) does not have any effect - it doesn't even "blink"..