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Chapter 9. Troubleshooting > Revert to Original Dimmed

Revert to Original Dimmed

You may see the Revert to Original command in the File menu dimmed, even after you know you've made a change. Here are a few fixes. Luckily, only the first one is likely to be necessary in iPhoto 5; the others happened only when using iPhoto 1.0.

  • Don't drag a photo from iPhoto to another program to edit the photo. If you do that, iPhoto will be unable to track changes you've made and Revert to Original will be dimmed.

  • Using an external application to edit images increases the likelihood that the Revert to Original command won't be available after editing an image. As a workaround, crop the image in iPhoto before you edit in the other application to force iPhoto to start tracking changes (iPhoto copies the original image in a folder called “Originals” in the folder that holds the photo in the Finder).

  • Use the Show Image File AppleScript script to locate its file in the Finder. There should be an Originals folder in the same folder as the photo; open it and -drag the original file for the problematic photo to the Desktop to make a copy. Switch back to iPhoto, delete the problematic photo, and reimport the original that you copied to the Desktop.


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