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  • tomcat907 Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 8:52 AM (in response to Terence Devlin)

    Yes, the edited photos are there, the thumbnails are there, but some pictures are black and 0 kb unless you revert to original photo. It is frustrating because it does not happen on all edited photos, only some. As I said, I have had the problem on Sony, Nikon, and Fuji cameras and I am running 10.7.5. It also seems to happen when I have big libraries like after a trip where I have several hundred photos. I can't confirm that, but I don't seem to suffer the same problem if I edit one or two photos in a Library of less than 100.


    Another problem I am having with iphoto is that when I plug my iPhone in and the pictures are being imported, the thumnails just appear gray. The photos are there and they do upload, but you have to import all since you can't see the thumnails.


    I am just managing with my iPhoto at this point until I have time to do my homework on other software like Picasa or Lightroom. It is dissapointing thought since all of my devices are Apple products.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to tomcat907)

    Export the original photos of some of those problem photos to the desktop. Launch iPhoto with the Option key held down and create a new, test library.  Import those photos and check to see if the same problem persists. If it doesn't then your current library is the culprit.  If it does there is one more test to run: log into another user account on you Mac and try editing those same orignial files there in iPhoto.


    This can tell us if the problem is local, your library or account or universal which might mean a reinstall of iPhoto or the system.  Post back with the results.



  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 10:40 AM (in response to mica44)

    See if you can open those photos with Preview and then do a Save As and create a new jpeg file with a diffrerent file name.  Import them into iPhoto and try to edit.  If you can then it is a problem with those files from the camera and not iPhoto or the library.

  • tomcat907 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:34 AM (in response to Old Toad)

    Here's what I did.


    1. Opened one of the photos in the iPhoto using Preview. It is fine.

    2. Go to iPhoto and edit the same photo.

    3. Go back to Preview and try to open the same photo. It gets an error that says the "The file “DSCN0712.JPG” could not be opened because it is empty."

    4. Go back into iPhoto, use "revert to original" on the photo. It reappears.

    5. Go back to Preview and open the reverted photo and it works fine.


    Something in the IPhoto edit program is messing up the JPEGs.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,150 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:41 AM (in response to tomcat907)

    Were these the photos you exported to the Desktop. Those are the ones I wanted you to open with preview and do a Save As to create an entirely new file and then import into your library as new photos.


    If you used Preview as the external editor while in iPhoto that was not what we wanted to do for this test.

  • tomcat907 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:44 AM (in response to Old Toad)

    Here is another clue.


    If I am in Edit Mode, where there is a thumbnail of all the photos in the library along the top, I can see the edited photo OK.


    If I am in the viewing mode where you just click on one of the photos then use the arrow keys to see the next photo, the same edited photo is black.


    Do you think this indicates that the IPhoto Edit program is putting info into the JPEG that it can read, but no other program can?

  • tomcat907 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 21, 2013 11:59 AM (in response to Old Toad)

    I did the other test. Took a photo from the iPhoto libarary and put it on my desktop, changed the name, put it back in the library. Then I edited it. When I went to view it again it was black. I applied "Revert to Original" and it came back.

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