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    Exclamation Where have my photos gone??!!!
    i-Photo asked me if I wanted to update - I had been advided by a fellow Mac user that is was always a good idea to update so I did and as a result every photo taken in the past month has vanished.

    Have my photos gone for good?

    This is very upsetting, I have tried the trash and don't know where else to look - it has put me off updating anything again.

    Please assist if you can,

    C
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    I don't know if this could have had anything to do with it but my laptop did fall from my desk as I was fumbling about in the dark at around the same time.

    It only fell a couple of feet and seems to be ok.
    "Man's function is to live not exist."

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    Why don't you look on disk where they were last time you looked for them on disk?

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    Your photos have been transmorgafied into the evil vortex that is iPhoto, do a search for them on google, they may show up.

    On a more serious note, learn to import photos off your camera and into a folder structure that makes sense to you and your way of shooting. Otherwise when things go wrong, like they have, you will be left with a massive clean up task, and have no idea what images are stored where.

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    You can try rebuilding your iPhoto liubrary. Instructions at Apple's support site
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    If you are using iPhoto 08, then iPhoto's library becomes one big file and the photos are not accessible using finder. But I'm guessing they are now showing in iPhoto application as well...

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    They are accessible in finder once your right click on the iphoto icon within the photo's folder. You then just left click on the "Show package contents" option. That's who I adjust my pictures with photoshop. Before you could easily just use finder as the photo folder was like any other folder.

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    Oh. Nice. I just drag and drop from iPhoto into Photoshop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goobimama View Post
    Oh. Nice. I just drag and drop from iPhoto into Photoshop...
    I do that too. I love the drop and drag on the mac, you don't have to go through all the saving business like on a PC. I drop and drag pictures from the internet. Free ones of course.

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    That is odd, my family iMac has been updated many times, including iPhoto. I've never lost photos from iPhoto, or songs from iTunes.

    Go to your iPhoto Library in your Pictures folder:
    Macintosh HD Users Pictures iPhoto Library.

    Click on the folders and search through. It could be a link problem. The photos might be in there, but havn't linked to view in iPhoto.


    Kimberley Creative Freelance Graphic Designer
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    There's about 20 missing, all recent - I have looked everywher, they should of course be at the bottom of the library thumbnails. I can't do a Google search because I didn't name them - I have about 3,000 photos altogether, maybe 4.

    Maybe I should update i-photo.
    "Man's function is to live not exist."

    Jack London

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    Quote Originally Posted by wytwolf View Post
    They are accessible in finder once your right click on the iphoto icon within the photo's folder. You then just left click on the "Show package contents" option. That's who I adjust my pictures with photoshop. Before you could easily just use finder as the photo folder was like any other folder.
    Oh Thanks for this tip, I'm a noob and one of the problems I had was finding individual photos to use as a file (e.g upload to net when you have to browse to find the file etc).
    BTW I still don't get the reason why all the photos are being held in iPhoto application, that makes it a huge file (my photo library size is in gigs). I love to use iPhoto but at the same time want to have my pics on my external HD.
    is there anyway to make iPhoto just index the files so that my internal HD space is not wasted?

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    Stay out of the finder! You will corrupt your photos! Apple changed the file structure on purpose to keep users from using the finder and corrupting/losing their photos! Do everything from within the app itself. If you want to upload to, say Facebook, use the export function to export your photo to the desktop and upload from there. You can set your iPhoto preferences to use Photoshop or other as the external editor, and then when you click on "edit" in iPhoto, Photoshop will open, you can edit and it will save the photo back where it was.

    Just stay out of finder!!!!!
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    again that screwy iphoto...

    does a good job in showing photos. somebody did a bad job in designing the application itself.

    people wih RAW capabilities love to "touch the photos" with their hands, so Finder(hear me well) is their thing. why in the world to use a photo for uploading on a website, dropping into Photoshop or just simply deleteing them will require a user to ask permission from iPhoto to do that ??

    people looove variety and freedom of their activity.
    absolutely bad design, as well as finder itself some times.

    they bring people from windowses and linuxes to macs, but forget to deal with them - in the end they will go back from where they came(come on, 64bit will be everywhere soon, BSDs run on that for some time now).

    apple will need to stop hiding bugs in their development path by obscuring with silly excuses like - "to use a photo you have to export it first" (what ???).


    I personally like the idea of a system that has in the package standard apps that are designed for what they do. That was the only reason to buy a macbook. Now I see unfinished applications hidden under aqua skin.

    I want to use this, but something tells me they don't want this so much - marketing campains are important only .

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    iPhoto is intended for those who don't know much about computers but want to use them nonetheless. It gives those non-tech savvy a chance to use computers the way they were meant to be. The library has been closed because people used to fiddle around in there and corrupt the entire library.

    If you want to edit RAW and other such high end stuff, then go ahead and use Aperture or Adobe's Lightroom. There's more than enough in there to satisfy your raw urges.

    I use iPhoto for all my family photos and such, and Lightroom for all my professional photos. And what's the problem in launching iPhoto and dragging the pics across to the photoshop icon in the dock?

    If you still have some issues, get yourself a media browser which will give you easy access to all your pictures/iTunes music/movies...

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