iPhoto Surprise

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Kirsten Ruhl
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iPhoto Surprise

Post by Kirsten Ruhl » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:06 pm

I wanted to look at a couple of pictures in iPhoto and found the program unable to open and with a "Need to Upgrade library" Window:

I am not aware of having had a "previous" version of iPhoto, but apparently right now my iPhoto software and the library do not belong together. They used to belong together not all that long ago! My library belongs to an older version now?
I must have installed an automatic upgrade!?

Is it safe to proceed with this?
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Re: iPhoto Surprise

Post by Jay Cline » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:12 pm

Your newer operating system version of iPhoto is asking you to update your iPhoto library. Let it happen. Your photos are backed up, right?
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Re: iPhoto Surprise

Post by Kirsten Ruhl » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:57 pm

Thank you, Jay.

Yes, photos are backed up.

I just updated library after reading your post - it took less than a minute and looks quite normal.
Thanks for giving me the courage to go ahead!

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Re: iPhoto Surprise

Post by Stephen Hart » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:28 am

There is a small gotcha to keep in mind here. If you export photos to a disk from iPhoto, one way it can do it is to make an iPhoto library on the disk. When inserted, that will automatically open iPhoto and will show up as a second library within iPhoto. That's handy.
But, those libraries will only work with iPhoto of the right version.

The photos are all still there as files, but you'd have to dig into the folders in the Finder to get at them.

So for many purposes, it's better to export files from iPHoto as regular files.
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