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iPhoto and Read Only files on PictureCDs Apps
If you try to import photo files (.jpg) from the Kodak CD directly into iPhoto, you'll have a problem - You won't be able to edit your pictures!

For some reason (bug?) iPhoto doesn't realize that when files are stored on a CD, they are usually set to Read Only. And when you copy a read only file from a CD, you usually have to turn off the read only attribute to allow editing the file. Well, iPhoto forgets(?) to turn off the attribute if you import directly from the Kodak CD.

So, you have two choices. You can either turn off that attribute using the UNIX chmod command, or, as it turns out, you can do the two-step import
  1. Copy the files from the CD into a temporary location (say the 'Shared' folder).
  2. Import the photos into iPhoto from that temporary directory. Ah...success.
I think iPhoto should be modified to automatically turn off the read-only file attribute when importing from CD's.

[Editor's note: Combining the info in this tip with the recent tip about PictureCD's and ImageCapture, you shouldn't have this problem if you have ImageCapture set to load the images to disk first. I'm not sure if this applies to all images on CDs, or only those that are specifically marked as Read Only during the write process. Since CD's are inherently Read Only, this may very well apply to any image on a CD ... but I'm not going to burn one just to test the theory.]
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bug report filed
Authored by: bryanzak on Feb 25, '02 12:14:30PM

I filed a bug report with Apple on this the day after iPhoto came out.

I suspect this will be fixed in a "1.0.1" release

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