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I took a look at the "Modified" folder enclosed in the iPhoto Library package, and noticed a large number of pictures. I found this strange since I don't copy my photo files into the Library and haven't done any editing in iPhoto. Then I noticed

I took a look at the "Modified" folder enclosed in the iPhoto Library package, and noticed a large number of pictures. I found this strange since I don't copy my photo files into the Library and haven't done any editing in iPhoto.
Then I noticed that a lot of these files in the Modified folder were still images taken from video files. So, okay I guess that's just a quirk; I can live with some extra images for my movies files, whatever.
The problem is that some of the files were not taken from movies, and I know for a fact that I have not edited or modified them. The only things I have done is place them in Events and Folders/Albums and maybe give them ratings, but I did some testing and none of this seems to place a file in the Modified folder.
Also, when I click "Revert to original", the file is temporarily removed from Modified folder, but then goes right back a few seconds later. Weird.
Is this happening for anyone else? Can anyone tell me why this is happening and/or how to stop it? Thanks.

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What you're experiencing is normal for iPhoto. A file of the first frame of movies is created so that it can be viewed in iPhoto. However, when played iPhoto passes it over to Quicktime. All portrait oriented photos taken with cameras with the auto-rotate capability get a modified version with the correct orientation for viewing and editing. Just the nature of the beast.
As Terence mentioned, there's checkbox in Preview that, if left unchecked, will cause the photo to be physically rotated instead of just using the rotation tag. To uncheck the box you'll need to use the Save As method.
There's a free Contextual menu application, PhotoTool CM that will batch rotate, losslessly, files from the Finder. It would be much faster than doing each photo individually in Preview.
TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.
I've created an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 08 libraries and Leopard. iPhoto does not have to be closed to run the application, just idle. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.

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