4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2013 4:00 PM by MalcW
MalcW Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

I used iLife '08 with iPhoto to create several slideshows complete with soundtrack (made with the help of Garageband) and transitions.  On changing computers to incude iLife '11 all my slideshows that I had prepared have gone.  I can create new slideshows in iPhoto '11 (actually 9.4.3) that show up in the appropriate place but all the old ones have gone.  I spent a lot of time creating these.  Is this expected behaviour?  There appears to be an album that has been created which holds the photos for the slide shows but the order of the pictures has reverted to date order and so the original order is also lost.  I know this because on 1 slideshow I was fortunate enough to make a Quicktime movie of it and so can compare.  Sadly I only made the one Quicktime movie of just 1 slideshow.

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Using external Cinema Display
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,685 points)

    How did you transfer your old library to the new computer running iLife 11? Do you still have the old Mac with the library on it?



  • MalcW Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    I used Time Machine to transfer all the files across.  And I thought I'd checked it all out.  Clearly I hadn't checked this!  And sadly, the old machine has now gone. And so have all the back-up files too - since I thought everything was OK.  I only discovered this today and now wish I had the old library back!


    In fact I've been looking at this over the last few minutes and sadly there are around a dozen or more slideshows that have simply disappeared.


    My fear now is that if I go to the trouble of making more slideshows what will happen to them when I upgrade in the future?

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (131,685 points)

    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 #3, followed by #4 and then #1 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.  However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost. The original library will be left untouched for further attempts at fixing the problem or in case the rebuilt library is not satisfactory.

  • MalcW Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Thanks for this.  I been away for a couple of days - hence the delay.  I am away again for 4 days over this weekend so may not get to this until next week - so if you hear nothing I'm not being rude - just tardy!






    PS - I already have iPhoto LIbrary Manager so should be OK.