Well chickadees, I don’t have time to write you an interesting blog post today, and I am not entirely sure when I might have time again. You see, I went into the “genius bar” at my local Apple store for help with some crashing issues my brand new (less than a year old) Macbook Pro was having. The genius that helped me suggested I upgrade to the latest operating system. I told him I hadn’t done so yet, because I saw so many negative reviews about it online, but he insisted that was the only way forward.

The "genius" that helped me suggested I upgrade to the latest operating system.

The “genius” that helped me suggested I upgrade to the latest operating system.

The genius did remind me to run a backup before updating to the new system, however he  omitted letting me know that I should update any apps I rely on before doing so. He also forgot to tell me that OS X Yosemite no longer uses iPhoto to manage your photos. The result? Massive amounts of my time (we are talking 100’s of hours) are going to be usurped by a twisted form of 52 card pickup – only we are not talking about just 52 cards, it’s 45,000 photos all tossed out of the custom files I spent last five years organizing! GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

twisted form of 52 card pickup - only we are not just talking just 52 cards, it's 45,000 photos all tossed out of the custom files I spent last five years organizing!

A twisted game of 52 card pickup – only it’s 45,000 photos all tossed out of the custom files I spent last five years organizing!

How can a company just change apps, no longer offering the old standard one without offering a means of transferring the data from the old one to the new smoothly? According to the genius bar and Joint Venture business office – I must now re-sort every single photo into folders manually one by one all over again. They call that progress? Isn’t the whole point of software to make our lives more efficient?

Inide the mind of a "genius" They call that progress?

Inide the mind of a “genius” They call that progress?

Apple! Why Fix It If It Ain’t Broke? There was absolutely nothing wrong with iPhoto? Sure, offer a new app that is more mobile friendly, but show some respect for business that are using the old app professionally! For those of you using Apple products, BEWARE!

Worse off than I started by far

Thanks for the headache Apple

PS. While I do see some interesting new features, my computer has more of a latency issue now that I have upgraded to OS X Yosemite, so the problem I sought help for in the first place was not in fact helped by the upgrade.

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  • May 19, 2015
    12:37 pm

    Unfortunately, ONLY if you had upgraded to the latest version of iPhoto before upgrading to Yosemite, or at least that is what they told me after the fact. I had already tried bringing iPhoto up in spotlight, and re-downloding iPhoto from the app store, but it said “no longer available in US.” I’m going in to see their “most experienced genius” this afternoon, so I’ll mention it to him – but so far they have not been able to recover my files intact.

  • May 23, 2015
    8:46 am

    After 3 full days of working on nothing else (grrrr, I am so far behind with work), and climbing the chain of command at Apple, I FINALLY found senior genius that knew how to deal with the situation, and I am very happy to say all my photos are in the albums in the new Photos app. I’m not terribly keen on the editing part of the new app, and there is a huge latency issue with Safari in the new operating system, but otherwise all is well. Keith in Cuppertino you are my hero! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

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