Weird Icon Issue

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by peterj1967, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. peterj1967 macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2002
    I have a feeling I am missing something simple, but I figured I'd ask.

    I exported a group of images from iPhoto to a folder on my desktop. About half of the files show up with a thumbnail of the image as the icon, the rest of them show up with the generic jpeg image icon. Searched through these forums, did some web searches and couldn't find any cures. Fixed permissions, since that seems to be the fix for everything, but no luck.

    What am I missing, how can I get those files with generic icons to show the preview of the image as the icon? Seems like it should be pretty simple.

    Thanks in advance
  2. peterj1967 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2002
    Ok, this is a shamelss bump, but there has to be some easy fix...

    Any equivilent in os x of rebuilding the desktop?

    The only utility I found was it works, but I don't want to spend money on an app for something the os should do?

    Please help me eliminate generic icons for image files.

  3. Freg3000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 22, 2002
    New York
    This happens to me all the time. I do not have a solid idea as to why it happens, but I have a shaky theory.

    I once noticed that in a folder with images over 5 MBs and a few under, the thumbnails for the <1's loaded, the 5's did not. Perhaps it has something to do with the size of the image itself.

    Good Luck.
  4. The Reaper macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    why doesn't Mac OS X save a prerendered preview for every image, as an icon? so rather than having to generate previes on the fly, it just uses the file's backup preview icon. photoshop does something like this - rather than having generic photoshop document icons, the icons are minature versions of the image.
  5. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    it all depends on whether you have rotated the image or cropped or made any minor changes within iphoto previous to exporting it. usually when the image has been altered, it associates the Preview (app) icon with the image and takes away the image preview.
  6. peterj1967 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2002
    Man, that's one of the stupid bugs that isn't a big deal but it's a pain....

    Doesn't seem like there is a simple way to get those preview icons back, other then a big old cut and paste job. Slow, but it works.

    Open the image in Preview, copy, Close the image, click on the icon, get info, paste the image, ta da.... New icon



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