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fielker
09-14-2016, 07:03 AM
I am trying to sort out all my photos, but some, mainly older ones, are blank when opened in Preview. Most of these are TIFF files, though some are labelled as Document.

The TIFF files, when viewed as icons, show the picture is there.

How can I get at the actual pictures?

Ember1205
09-14-2016, 11:05 PM
Have you tried opening them in a browser? Or other app? Maybe importing them into Word?

Typically, thumbnails are stored as part of a JPEG file. I'm wondering if maybe the extension got changed somehow?

fielker
09-15-2016, 06:07 AM
Moving them into Safari or Pages still results in a blank. I don't have Word.

One used to be able to attach a file to replies here, but I can't see how to do this now.

ferrarr
09-15-2016, 07:50 AM
Have you run Disk Utility recently? Maybe run Repair Disk from your Recovery Partition or original Disc?

fielker
09-15-2016, 10:18 AM
Disk Utility has checked my heard disk and everything is OK.

ferrarr
09-15-2016, 11:08 AM
What OS X version are you running? Does your Disk Utility also have Repair Permissions?

fielker
09-15-2016, 12:12 PM
I have OS 0.7.5 Lion. I have repaired permissions: still no joy.

IWT
09-15-2016, 12:39 PM
I am trying to sort out all my photos, but some, mainly older ones, are blank when opened in Preview. Most of these are TIFF files, though some are labelled as Document.

The TIFF files, when viewed as icons, show the picture is there.

How can I get at the actual pictures?

It's a long shot I admit; but you presumably have iPhoto as an app. Could you try dragging the "awkward" photo files into iPhoto and see if it will reveal them to you?

And please post back.

Ian

fielker
09-15-2016, 12:50 PM
Yes, Ian, I did try that but it didn't work!

fielker
09-16-2016, 11:18 AM
I've now found that if I move a TIFF photo icon into iPhoto and edit in some way, it is converted into a JPEG file. However, blank files remain blank, even the ones that show an image on the icon. Obviously it is not TIFF that is the sole problem; it's just that most of the blanks happen to be TIFF, but some are JPEG.

fielker
09-16-2016, 11:28 AM
Another curiosity: I have some TIFF files which will not import into iPhoto. Nor will those photos which are "Document".

fielker
09-21-2016, 07:46 AM
Another photo problem! When I try to open some JPEG files I am told "The file - couldn’t be opened because you don’t have permission to view it." Yet when I check Get Info my name is there with Read & Write against it.

fielker
09-21-2016, 08:02 AM
Well, a restart seems to have cured that problem - for the moment!