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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports Apps
Tiger only hintiPhoto 5, in Tiger, can now embed a ColorSync profile into its imported images. Launch Image Capture, click Options, and select the option to embed ColorSync profiles. Then select a profile from the drop-down menu. You must have your camera connected to access and intially set options in Image Capture, but its preferences are saved and used on subsequent imports.

This is a very welcome return of an essential feature which last worked in iPhoto 2.
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Related to past color problems?
Authored by: joemaller on Aug 09, '05 10:56:13AM

Interesting, I wonder if this feature had something to do with all the color problems that plagued iPhoto 5 and Tiger until the last update?



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: mclbruce on Aug 09, '05 12:36:59PM

This can also be controlled in Apple's ColorSync Utility: device tab. With the camera linked to the computer it will show up in the devices list. Click on the "current profile" and make the change.



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 09, '05 01:31:11PM

I don't understand this.

Image Capture has long had the ability to add a profile to images it imports.

iPhoto 5 on Tiger does not use this setting when it imports the images - I just tried it and it did nothing.

The problem with iPhoto has been that it ignores and sometimes removes profiles from images.

A recent fix prevented it from doing that, but I see no evidence that Image Capture settings have in any changed iPhoto's import behaviour.

Maybe you can elaborate?



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: Old Toad on Aug 10, '05 12:36:01PM
Using Pref Setter you can change the value for the Key "EmbedColorProfile" from NO to YES. I haven't run any tests to see if that really allows your color profile of choice to truly get embedded but you can change it and test it out.

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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Aug 10, '05 01:16:04PM

So there is a hidden prefs setting? Why did Apple never enable it? Do they think we are too silly to use ColorSync profiles in an i-App?

Thanks for this brilliant hint!!!



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 10, '05 03:23:03PM

I Just made a test with latest iPhoto on latest OSX.

iPhoto still does not embed a profile into images imported from my camera. It doesn't embed a profile into images exported either.

So I don't really know what that preference setting does.

There's a quite a commentary about it at http://www.macintouch.com/iphoto13.html



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: Old Toad on Aug 10, '05 12:38:14PM

It should be obvious but I omitted that I was referring to iPhoto's preference file, com.apple.iPhoto.plist.



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Aug 10, '05 01:13:09PM

You are absolutely right. iPhoto uses EXIF tags. But it always did. It will not use the settings from Image Capture to ADD an ColorSync profile to the photo file. This will happen only when using Image Capture.

Because of this Import in iPhoto ist absolutely useless.



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 10, '05 03:09:47PM

That has been my belief for a while.

And with v5 it would ignore any profile embedded in an imported file, treat the pixel data as generic rgb (afaics) and so would really roger it senseless when using an external editor.

At least that bit is fixed now, but for quite a while, I had to use iPhoto as a read-only photo store.



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5 image imports
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Aug 10, '05 04:50:25PM

Absolutely. It was an read-only slideshow program.

Now it is usable. I verified it with two cameras and various ICC and EXIF viewers. At least with Tiger 10.4.2 and iPhoto 5.0.4 everything works now as expected.



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10.4: Embed ColorSync profiles in iPhoto5
Authored by: mclbruce on Aug 11, '05 12:00:34PM

I do get profiles imported with my images in iPhoto 5.0.4, OS X 10.4.2. As I mentioned before I use ColorSync Utility to assign the profile and it works fine in iPhoto. If Image Capture isn't doing the job then I suggest giving ColorSync Utility a try.



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