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Removing Photos from iPhoto

Despite iPhoto's long history, many people continue to be confused about exactly what happens when you delete a photo. There are three possibilities.

If you delete a photo from an album, book, card, calendar, or saved slideshow, the photo is merely removed from that item and remains generally available in your iPhoto library.

If, however, you delete a photo while in Events or Photos view, that act moves the photo to iPhoto's Trash. It's still available, but...

If you then empty iPhoto's Trash, all photos in it will be deleted from the iPhoto library and from your hard disk.

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TidBITS Changes

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In response to a number of suggestions, several small changes have been made in the TidBITS stack. They will not transfer to the previous stacks already in your TidBITS Archive, but they will be present from now on.

First, there is an invisible button at the top of the screen which shows the menu bar when you move into it and hides the menu bar when you move out of it. Some people mentioned that this was annoying on a large screen. We don't have one and didn't notice. The button now checks to see if you have a large or small screen and only shows or hides the menu bar if you have a small screen. The same check happens at startup for automatically hiding the menu bar as well.

Second, the Delete Card button now has OK as the default because clicking the OK button was a pain for everyone, especially large screen users again. Now just hit Return to delete the card.

Third, just for your information, the Index button only has an effect after you have changed a title, added a card, or deleted a card. Sorry if it's misleading, but it will be integrated in the next major upgrade.

We are working on a major upgrade to the TidBITS stack, but it will some time before we send it out because we want a really well designed interface and data handling stack. We weren't expecting such an enthusiastic response and had designed and tested the current stack in a day or so.

Thank you for your support and please feel free to send us any suggestions or comments.

-Adam C. Engst
-Tonya Byard


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