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  A RAW Look at iPhoto 5
Subject:   iPhoto5
Date:   2005-01-31 07:32:28
From:   lafleur
iPhoto 5

I received iLife 5 on Wednesday 19 Jan 2005.... I proceeded to install it on my wife's Emac 700mhz system... This system has 1.5gb ram and a 80gb HD...
It also has iPhoto 4 with over 12,000 photos on it... A lot of photos!!!... Good thing I have a back up!!!

Installing iLife from the DVD was easy, 20 minutes later if was done...

I started up iPhoto 5, it told me that it needed to update the iPhoto database... 26 hr later it was still "hung" and I killed the task. restarting iPhoto 5 it againg told me that the database needed to be updated and this time it toke only 4 minutes...

BUT, when I looked at the library, all the structure of the library was there with the correct number of photos in each album, the correct name under each photo, but each photo was replaced by a gray box... NO PHOTO'S!!! clicking on the photo caused iPhoto 5 to crash.....

WARNING iPhoto 5 is NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME.... It has BUG's and you may lose all of your photos!!!!!

I have been an Apple developer for over 20 years and am not please to see a product released that has not been real world tested... Apple should be ashamed of it self for releasing a product that people put there trust in to save their lifes photos........

tom lafleur

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  • Derrick Story photo RE: iPhoto5 Mishaps
    2005-01-31 09:14:48  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    That doesn't sound good at all, Tom.

    Does anyone else have a similar hardware configuration and library size who has updated to iPhoto 5? I'd like to hear how it went.

    Here is a note on MacFixIt about the grayed out thumbnails:


    One reader, StanT, said:
    "I had the gray thumbnail issue show up on one of my two libraries. After a bit of sleuthing, I noticed that some of the subfolders in the library did not have the correct access privileges. After changing those, I relaunched and my
    thumbnails returned. This is more likely to happen if two users are sharing the same library."

    Thanks Tom for detailing your experience. I hope we can find a fix for the situation, because iPhoto 5, when it's running, is really fun.