Why isn't iPhoto the default for opening photos?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mikebike125, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Mikebike125 macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    This completely baffles me. If someone sends me a photo in an email, and I want to have iPhoto import it, I right click on the photo and it says "Open with", and brings up a list of programs, Firefox, Realplayer, Quicktime, Preview, and a bunch of others but it NEVER shows iPhoto. I have to click on "Other" and then go and find iPhoto and then select it. Why does it not have iPhoto as the default for opening a photo? When I simply double click on the photo, it will open it in Preview so it still isn't in my iPhoto library.

    Why does it do this? I want iPhoto to either be the default for opening up a photo or at a minimum be on the list of "Open with" programs. Does anyone know how to fix this?

    I am using Snow Leopard. Thanks
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    Most people don't want to import the picture into iPhoto, just view it. You can make iPhoto the default by highlighting the photo, pressing Command-I, in the Open With menu change it to iPhoto, then click Change All.
     
  3. oLNutjob macrumors member

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    iPhoto imports all photos into one proprietary chunk, which is bad news for photographers.
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    The iPhoto library is just an oddly organized folder with a special extension. The original photos are still in there and can be extracted and used.
     
  5. Mikebike125 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    I hit Command-I and it brought up the "iPhoto.app info" window. I didn't see anywhere the Change all check box is. Where is it?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    You have to do that with an image or photo, as there are different formats like JPEG, CR2, NEF, PNG and so forth.

     
  7. jamesvdm macrumors regular

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