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Remove phantom keywords from images in iPhoto Apps
Over the weekend, I finally completed (well, 95% completed) the transition from my Dual G5 to my new Mac Pro. (If you're interested, last week macworld.com ran a three-part series (1, 2, 3) I wrote on my initial experiences with the new machine.)

When I moved my iPhoto library across, all seemed fine ... except that about 80 of my video clips appeared with the keyword Holiday. I was pretty certain I'd never coded them in that manner, and sure enough, a glance at my list of keywords showed that Holiday wasn't in the list. Now, it's entirely possible I added it at one point, then removed it and forgot about it. In any event, the question was how to get rid of the unwanted keyword on my movie clips. I couldn't just delete it, since Holiday didn't appear in the keyword list (and yet, Smart Albums using a select where keyword contains Holiday worked perfectly).

The solution? I had to use the Keywords tab in iPhoto's Preferences to add the keyword Holiday. Once the word was added to the list, I was then able to delete it from the selected videos without any troubles (and I then deleted the keyword when I was done).

I have no idea how this happened, but if you see something similar, at least you'll know what to do.
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Remove phantom keywords from images in iPhoto
Authored by: adrianm on Nov 20, '06 08:11:14AM

I had a similar issue when moving my iPhoto collection.

I had a smart album for pics tagged with keyword "Wife"

I noticed, however, that there were several pics with keyword "Wife" that didn't show up in the this smart album.

After much head scratching, I discovered that iPhoto had two keywords with the same name, but different internal ID.

I ended up having to use a small applescript to change the name of one of the keywords to "Wife2", which then appeared magically in the iPhoto UI and permitted me to reassign all the "Wife2" pics with "Wife", and finally delete the keyword "Wife2".

Dunno how this happened. Glad wife didn't spot I had two wives for a short time :-)



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Remove phantom keywords from images in iPhoto
Authored by: dzurn on Nov 20, '06 11:51:57AM

Which iPhoto version?

As I recall, the keywords in iPhoto are stored as some kind of internal ID, so it's easy for the keywords to get garbled when moving/converting libraries. But I guess I was hoping that the story had changed with the newest versions of iPhoto.


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