Desperately in need of iPhoto help.

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  1. sandmann41 macrumors regular

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    My fiance spent 2 hours mking an iPhoto book and iPhoto crashed. When she reopened it the book hadn't been autosaving like it should have.
    Is there a temp file anywhere that this info is in, or any other way to get the work back?
     
  2. snowdog macrumors member

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    Try to post here as well (It's the official Apple forum) http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=852
    There seems to be a lot of experienced users at that forum.
    (Yeah I know, there are some here as well :D )
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    When you re-opened iPhoto, was the whole photo album empty, or were there just some changes you had made in that session missing?

    If it's the former, then there is a bug in iPhoto that sometimes causes it to launch and think there is no photo album there. You can fix this by closing iPhoto, and holding it while holding down the Option key. A window will pop up, and say that iPhoto needs an album to contine. Point it to yours (should be in your pictures directory), and it should return to normal.

    If it's the latter, iPhoto doesn't database changes like, say, Aperture does, or Photoshop does when you're working in Photoshop native format. What iPhoto does instead is makes a copy of the file as the original, and then permanently modifies one copy while holding the other one. So I'm not sure how this could have happened. It isn't like iPhoto periodically saves things. It changes the file from the very beginning, pretty much. So I don't think there're temporary files of the sort you are looking for. If you look inside a folder in your iPhoto library, for a specific date, you'll see an "originals" folder, and then the images in the root of that date directory will be the modified ones....

    You might also be able to benefit from rebuilding your library. You do this by launching iPhoto while holding Option-Apple.

    Please say if any of this helps? :(
     
  4. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Probably not I'm afraid. The iPhoto books 'save' strangely - it seems like you need to click out of the Book and into the Library every so often to ensure that they save otherwise, if iPhoto doesn't quit properly, your whole book will go poof...
     
  5. sandmann41 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Damn that sucks.
    She actually was going back and forth between the book and the library, still was saving it though. It only saved the first 3 pages :( .
     
  6. sandmann41 thread starter macrumors regular

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    To the other replies, it isn't the album I am having trouble with, all pics are in there. It is the book that didn't save.

    Thank you everyone for the replies.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Rebuilding might still be worth a shot... It shouldn't hurt, in any event?

    Look at this page too: http://homepage.mac.com/butlers/iPhotoExtractor/rebuild.htm

    Good luck!
     
  8. sandmann41 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I posted a message on the apple support forum as suggest, thank you.

    I tried to rebuild but iPhoto just opens normally without giving me any dialog to rebuild.
     
  9. sandmann41 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, figure out what I was doing wrong and got it to rebuild.
    A rebuild didn't fix it though. :(
     
  10. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    I think you have to quit and relaunch iPhoto for your progress on photo books to be saved. A crash likely means it's gone for good.
     

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