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Saturday, 14 May 2005

MacOS X: Disabling iPhoto launch

Filed under: — Sebastian Kirsch @ 13:15

I don’t use iPhoto on MacOS X, but iPhoto keeps popping up every time I connect my digital camera, which is very annoying. I searched in vain in the iPhoto preferences and in the System Preferences for a way to disable this, but couldn’t find any. (Other applications, like Mail.app or Safari have an option in their preferences, for example “Default Web Browser:” or “Default Mail Client:".)

It turned out that the option is hidden in the Preferences of “Image Capture", not in iPhoto – an application I’d never used or opened before. Congratulations to Apple!

According to this page, there used to be a pane in System Preferences for chosing the default applications before MacOS X 10.3. In 10.3, these options were moved to the individual applications’ preferences. This seems counter-intuitive, to say the least. Why not make it available in both places?

Fortunately, RCDefaultApp makes this feature available again. Perhaps the author can also find a way to make actions like the iPhoto launch configurable via this panel.

Oh, another tip I got today: How to make hidden folders accessible in Finder: Click on the “Go” menu, then on “Go to folder", and enter the full pathname. I have not found a way to make all hidden folders visible in Finder, in just the way that they are visible on the console. This is still very annoying. If someone has a fix for this, I would be grateful to hear it.

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