3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2012 1:11 PM by Terence Devlin
anrhie2003 Level 1 (0 points)

I upgraded to mountain lion the other day and to imovie 11. i retained my old version of iphoto after reading bad reviews about it. when i was starting a new project with imovie, the iphoto thumbnails on the lower right side wouldn't load, despite it being open for more than 12 hours. i tried repairing the permissions on iphoto but still no go.

this morning, i tried uploading pictures on facebook.again, the thumbnails of iphoto would not open in the dialog box. I also tried attaching a picture to an email, no thumbnails either.

all commands that would require uploading or attaching a picture from iphoto will not load. i have a considerable amount of pictures, but it's crazy if i have to wait for days on end just to load those thumbnails.

any suggestions?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,883 points)

    As a Test:



    Hold down the option (or alt) key and launch iPhoto. From the resulting menu select 'Create Library'



    Import a few pics into this new, blank library. Is the Problem repeated there?

  • anrhie2003 Level 1 (0 points)

    i created a new blank library and the 5 pictures that i inserted there appeared when i tried attaching it to an email...so i'm thinking maybe it's taking a long time to load because of the size of the library... but will it really take hours on end?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,883 points)

    No it shouldn't do.


    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 Repair Database. If that doesn't help, then try again, this time using Rebuild Database.


    If that fails:


    Option 2

    Download iPhoto Library Manager and use its rebuild function. (In Library Manager it's the FIle -> Rebuild command)



    This will create an entirely new library. It will then copy (or try to) your photos and all the associated metadata and versions to this new Library, and arrange it as close as it can to what you had in the damaged Library. It does this based on information it finds in the iPhoto sharing mechanism - but that means that things not shared won't be there, so no slideshows, books or calendars, for instance - but it should get all your events, albums and keywords, faces and places 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.