Random loss of photos

Some of my iPhoto thumbnails lost their photos yesterday evening and only the file name remains under an empty grey box. When I tried looking up the file name in Finder, the following thread came up:
(my name) = library = iApps= iPhoto = Album Data.xml. When I clicked on Album Data.xml the board game 'Big Bang 4 in a Row' came up. On advice from a user in another forum (I couldn't locate this one at the time) I downloaded a 'zapper' programme and deleted the board game Big Bang. Now when I click on Album Data.xml I get the error message code 10660.
What does all this mean? Have I lost these photos for ever? Does anyone know why? Can I stop it happening again? I have a free copy of Open Office.org 2.1 and have often wondered if it has been interfering with my files, as it sometimes behaves erratically? If anyone has any answers I would love to hear from them. Linda.

Linda
I had been moving things around in the iPhoto library folder in the Finder.
You'll need to create and populate a new library.
To create and populate a new library:
Note this will give you a working library with the same Rolls and pictures as before, however, you will lose your albums, keywords, modified versions, books, calendars etc.
Move the iPhoto Library to the desktop
Launch iPhoto. It will ask if you wish to create a new Library. Say Yes.
Go into the iPhoto Library on your desktop and find the Originals folder. From the Originals folder drag the individual Roll Folders to the iPhoto Window and it will recreate them in the new library.
When you're sure all is well you can delete the iPhoto Library on your desktop.
In the future, in addition to your usual back up routine, you might like to make a copy of the library6.iPhoto file whenever you have made changes to the library as protection against database corruption.
To access files: There are many, many ways to access your files in iPhoto:
For 10.5 users: You can use any Open / Attach / Browse dialogue. On the left there's a Media heading, your pics can be accessed there. Apple-Click for selecting multiple pics.
To upload to a site that does not have an iPhoto Export Plug-in the recommended way is to Select the Pic in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export and export the pic to the desktop, then upload from there. After the upload you can trash the pic on the desktop. It's only a copy and your original is safe in iPhoto.
This is also true for emailing with Web-based services. If you're using Gmail you can use THIS
If you use Apple's Mail, Entourage, AOL or Eudora you can email from within iPhoto.
If you use a Cocoa-based Browser such as Safari, you can drag the pics from the iPhoto Window to the Attach window in the browser.
Or, if you want to access the files with iPhoto not running, then create a Media Browser using Automator (takes about 10 seconds) or use THIS
Other options include:
1. *Drag and Drop*: Drag a photo from the iPhoto Window to the desktop, there iPhoto will make a full-sized copy of the pic.
2. *File -> Export*: Select the files in the iPhoto Window and go File -> Export. The dialogue will give you various options, including altering the format, naming the files and changing the size. Again, producing a copy.
3. *Show File*: Right- (or Control-) Click on a pic and in the resulting dialogue choose 'Show File'. A Finder window will pop open with the file already selected.
Regards
TD
Message was edited by: Terence Devlin

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