One of the biggest new features in Remembary is its innovative support for pictures - every entry automatically includes any pictures or videos in your iPad's photo library that were taken that day. However, if your iPad's photo library isn't up to date or doesn't have the right pictures in it, this feature isn't all that useful.
I've been having a lot of trouble lately getting my iPhoto library to sync properly with my iPad. I thought it might be a problem with available free space, since I have a pretty large photo library (12,000 pictures or so). But even if I limited the sync to only certain photo albums - 5-star favourites and recent pictures from the last 3 months, for example - it would still often skip a lot of the pictures.
After some searching around online and some experimentation, I finally figured out the problem: the "iPod Photo Cache" was having trouble. I've been using iPhoto since 2003 and first started syncing pictures back in 2005 when I got an iPod Nano - I'm sure somewhere in the various upgrades and transitions over the years something got messed up. Fixing it turned out to be easy:
- I went to my home directory in the Finder.
- I opened the "Pictures" folder
- I found the "iPhoto Library" icon - it turns out that double-clicking on it launches iPhoto. Instead, I right-clicked (or CTRL-clicked) and picked "View Package Contents" from the pop-up menu.
- I found the "iPod Photo Cache" folder and moved it to the trash. (If you're feeling cautious, you can just move it to the Desktop and trash it later on after you're sure the rebuild worked).
- The next time I synced my iPad to iTunes, the "Photo" sync settings had been reset, so I had to turn them back on and set them up again.
- Then I waited for an hour or so while my computer rebuilt the photo cache for 12,000 pictures and transferred them to the iPad.
Now for the first time in ages I have a complete photo library in my iPad, and going back through my old diary entries is a lot more fun since they now have pictures in them.