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Subject:   RE: Overide iPhoto startup when mounting disc?
Date:   2003-06-23 08:04:51
From:   anonymous2
Response to: RE: Overide iPhoto startup when mounting disc?

Changing the 'When I insert a picture CD' pop-up to 'ignore' does allow an iPhoto burned disc to mount without launching iPhoto. I had forgotten that preference pane. I recall thinking that preference pertained to the KODAK photo CD standard.
Now I wonder what constitutes an iPhoto disc. Burning plain Finder folders of image files does not kick start iPhoto when they are mounted, even with the preference set to 'Open iPhoto'. I'll test burning a disc (volume) titled 'iPhoto Disc' from the Finder; and burning an iPhoto Library folder from the Finder.
That would allow my slideshow program to be included on the archive cd; that is how I originally wanted it to work. When you mount the archive its icon is there at the top level. THANKS for the input. Tony
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  • RE: Overide iPhoto startup when mounting disc?
    2003-06-25 12:49:50  anonymous2 [View]

    There is an invisible XML file on the iPhoto Disc which contains the metadata info that relates to the album. I suspect that iPhoto (or the OS?) looks at this to determine if iPhoto should be launched.

    I discovered this when I wanted to make an iPhoto CD on my own. In particular, I wanted the iPhoto Library to be something other than the default when the disc loaded into iPhoto.

    Here is my modified XML file:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.
    com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
    <key>ArchiveName</key>
    <string>San Francisco May 2003</string>
    <key>ArchivePath</key>
    <string>./iPhoto Library</string>
    </dict>
    </plist>

    look for the string after the key ArchiveName. This controls how the Library will look in iPhoto.

    The XML file need not be invisible; it just is by default when iPhoto makes the discs.

    Hope this helps.