How to Manage Large Image Libraries with iPhoto 2
Subject:   RE: Overide iPhoto startup when mounting disc?
Date:   2003-06-25 12:49:50
From:   anonymous2
Response to: RE: Overide iPhoto startup when mounting disc?

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" "
<plist version="1.0">
<string>San Francisco May 2003</string>
<string>./iPhoto Library</string>

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.

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  • RE: Overide iPhoto startup when mounting disc?
    2003-06-25 14:03:32  chazlarson [View]

    Oddly, the disk also has to be read-only for iPhoto to recognize it.

    I burned an iPhoto CD just for test purposes and tried it in another Mac. Worked fine. Then I made a writeable disk image from it and mounted that image. I figured I'd see if I could add comments and so forth. and maybe figure out how to build the CDs manually. iPhoto wouldn't recognize it as an iPhoto CD.

    I converted that writeable disk image to a read-only image, mounted it, and it popped right up in iPhoto.

    So, in addition to whatever Magic Files are involved, the disk has also to be read-only.