My boss, Dale, is a photo buff who’s considering adding a new digital camera to his life. His friend has an appealing Fuji that’s at the top of Dale’s wish list. Just to make things a little more enticing for Dale, his friend sent him a CD of hi-rez images to show off the camera’s quality.
Problem was, Dale couldn’t import the Jpegs into iPhoto. “What the heck is going on here?” he asked.
Dale tried a couple of workarounds to no avail, then brought me the CD, which I promptly opened up. Everything looked harmless enough. But darn if I couldn’t import the images either.
I opened one picture directly in Photoshop 7 and did a little snooping around. Ah Ha! His friend had unknowingly saved the Jpeg as a “progressive scan.” I saved it again as “Baseline (Standard)” Jpeg, and the new file imported into iPhoto just fine.
I’m sure someday iPhoto will import just about anything. But for the moment, keep an eye on the formats you use. And for Jpegs, stay far away from “progressive scans.”
BTW: Both David Pogue and myself will be leading sessions on iPhoto at our upcoming Mac OS X conference.