7 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2006 8:20 PM by MarthaN
upscene Level 1 Level 1
I was on vacation and was emptying my digital camera into my G4 laptop into iPhoto 5 (same OS 10.3.9 as i have on my imac G5). Now, that I'm home, I'm trying to import those photos into my iPhoto on my G5. I copied all the folder/files over to my desktop with no problem and filed them properly into the iPhoto Library directory. But, when I try to drag the photo files into iPhoto, it starts to import and then i get this error: "The following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file type or the files may not contain valid data).

I get this same error if I go the Add to Library (apple + O) option as well.

I haven't changed the file types at all--they're still .jpg

I dont' get what the problem is. I've dragged .psd files into iPhoto before and it's been fine.

I was trying to find a way to sync the two iPhoto's up together, but that doesn't seem to be an option.

Anyhelp would be great. Thanks.

iMac G5/G4 laptop 17", Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • lori_diloreto Level 6 Level 6
    Hi upscene,
    If you dragged the files/folders directly into the iPhoto Library folder in the Finder, that is your problem. Photos have to be imported. when they are imported, iPhoto copies them into the library.
    close iPhoto
    What you need to do is drag out ONLY the folders you dragged into the library folder in the finder. Drag them to the desktop, and now open iPhoto
    Drag the folders from the desktop into an open iPhoto viewing window to import them.

    Here is more info for you:

    --First thing to know and remember is this...Do not drag any images, folder of images into the iPhoto Library in the Finder. Images have to be imported into iPhoto within the application. Do not scan images and save them into the iPhoto Library folder in the Finder. Save them to another location such as the Pictures folder or even the desktop. You can then import them into iPhoto.
    If you have already put files/folders in the iPhoto Library folder in the Finder then you will also find out that if you try to import them into iPhoto you will get an error message. No worry, just drag them to the desktop and import from there.
    --All images that you import are shown in the library view. You can choose how you want to view, by rolls, by date, by rating, etc. When you put images in an Album, slideshow, book, etc, you are actually just putting pointers to those images in the library. You are not adding more images. If you delete an image from the Album it will still be in the library. If you delete an image from the library it is deleted from iPhoto's database and your hard drive (unless you have it backed up somewhere else)
    --You have a folder of images on your hard drive and want to import them into iPhoto. Drag the folder of images into an open iPhoto Library window and the folder of photos will be copied into the library, resulting in a new roll with the name of the folder. You now have two copies of those photos, the ones in iPhoto's database and the ones on your desktop. You can keep the ones on your desktop that you just imported as backup or you can delete that folder.

    -- you scan a picture/pictures and save it in a folder. You cannot scan directly into iPhoto or the iPhoto Library folder in the Finder.
    You want all your photos in iPhoto so you import them into iPhoto.
    Now you have two copies of that picture/pictures, so you can delete the originals that were in the scanned folder and keep the one/ones that were imported into iPhoto.

    -- You download pictures from your camera into iPhoto.
    There is now one copy of each of the pictures. (DO NOT HAVE IPHOTO DELETE THE IMAGES FROM YOUR CAMERA! DELETE THEM MANUALLY WITH THE CAMERA-if something goes wrong with the import and they are never imported and then they are deleted from the camera you might end up losing those images)
    You want to change something about a picture you imported, such as
    cropping it or changing the size, or changing the orientation.
    Once you do that to a picture, you now have two copies of the picture
    in iPhoto, the original and the edited one. The edited one will be in the library organize view. The original is packed away in an Original folder in your iPhoto Library folder under the date of the roll. You can always revert to the original by control clicking on the photo and choose "revert to orginal" You will not have this choice if you used iPhoto Diet to get rid of the Originals.
    (a quick note on cropping within iPhoto...when you are in edit mode, you automatically will be in the crop mode with cross hairs to highlight the crop area. To finish cropping you must click the crop button and then go back to library view and your cropped picture will be there.

    3.You want to use Photoshop or another graphic program to edit a picture in your iPhoto library.
    You can open up prefs for iPhoto and choose "when double clicking on
    photo ..do" choose "other" and select Photoshop. Now you can edit all
    pictures in your iPhoto library in PhotoShop by double clicking. If you save the photo with the same name and as a flattened file it will be saved right into iPhoto and you will see the changes. If you don't want to save it into iPhoto then do a "save as" and save to the desktop. You will then have the original photo still in iPhoto and your new edited photo on the desktop.

    Or, with iPhoto open, you can drag a picture from the library window
    to your desktop (you see a + sign on the pic you are dragging). You now
    have two of the same picture, one in the iPhoto library and one on your desktop. You can open up the one on your desktop in any graphic program and work on it. The one in iPhoto stays the same. You can also share/export the picture/pictures to your desktop or folder to work on them or do batch processing, etc. You will still have the originals in your iPhoto Library.

    Or, you can open up the ~/Pictures/iPhoto Library/folders and option drag any
    picture out of the folder to your desktop. Notice that you will see a plus sign while dragging the photo. This is copying the file to your desktop
    I would advise anyone not to do this as they might forget to use the option key and drag the photo out. Next time you open iPhoto the photo will be missing.

    Two Apple kbs for you to read

    Don't tamper with files in the iPhoto library folder
    About the iPhoto Library folder

    Don't forget that in Library view you can Control click on any picture and get a contextual menu with many options. One is to revert to original.

    As far as the syncing, there is really no way to sync two working libraries.
    I have an iMac and an iBook. I use the iMac for all my iPhoto editing, organizing etc. I import all photos to the iMac.
    Every couple of weeks i copy the iPhoto Library folder from the iMac to my iBook Pictures folder, thus replacing the old library with the newer one from the iMac. Since I have the same username on both computers this worked out great for me.

    When on vacation I use the iBook to download my photos to, but I use Image Capture and put them in dated folders. When I get home I just copy the dated folders to the iMac and import them into iPhoto there.

  • chloec6 Level 1 Level 1
    I have 1000's of photos on my hard drive. Most of them were edited in Photoshop Elements and saved in .jpg format under OS 9.2.2. When I try to import them into iPhoto 5 I get the same message (The following files could not be imported. They may be an unrecognized file type or the files may not contain valid data).

    I've tried "Add to Library" and dragging them into an open Library window. Why won't iPhoto accept any of these files?

    iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  

    iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • lori_diloreto Level 6 Level 6
    Hi chloe6,
    Where are the photos on your hard drive? Do they have the extension jpg?
    Do the files open in Preview? If they do, have you opened in Preview and then "save" the file, then see if iPhoto will import it?
  • jnr727 Level 1 Level 1
    While in iDVD I tried to import some picture from iPhoto. While the operation failed, I could then no longer find any of the 2000 photos I have in iPhoto. I have browsed iphoto libraries, renamed libraries and re-imported them with no success. After renaming the library to old, creating a new one in iphoto and reimporting it, its empty.

    Any time I try to load the library I also get a message stating that the files could not be imported and that there may be an unrecognizable file type.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • chloec6 Level 1 Level 1
    The photos are:

    Macintosh HD >Photos>Halloween 2004>photo.jpg

    Yes, they all have .jpg

    Yes, they open in Preview.

    Will try the Preview/Save route but that would be very cumbersome since I have 1000's of photos.

    Thanks for your reply.

    Hi chloe6,
    Where are the photos on your hard drive? Do they have
    the extension jpg?
    Do the files open in Preview? If they do, have you
    opened in Preview and then "save" the file, then see
    if iPhoto will import it?

    iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • MarthaN Level 1 Level 1
    Are you able to Preview the pictures - you know, see the little thumbnail when using finder, or opening them up in Preview? I can't, and I fear that my new camera is messed up. When I use Finder to open up the jpg, I get the "the document xxx could not be opened".

    I ask this because it seems the Canon S2 is notorious for corrupting memory cards, and unfortunately I found this out after buying one. Windows users complain about "Memory card error" and I don't know if it is related, but I can't transfer my pictures to my Mac (either to a folder or straight to iPhoto) if I use a card reader.

    I've verified that the cards, the reader, and the USB connections are ok.

    See http://tinyurl.com/k7mxp at www.stevesforums.com for further discussion.

    I'm really interested in hearing if and how you resolve this.

  • lori_diloreto Level 6 Level 6
    Hi Martha,
    I have the Canon S2 and it was giving me the same error.
    I was getting the memory card error and the batteries problem and also it was giving me the darndest time with turning on and shutting off.
    I finally bit the bullet and called them and told them all three problems. I also told them there were many postings on the web with the same problems.
    they fixed the camera for free and it works great now.