October 21, 2004

Lisa: Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobe, you're my only hope!

Aaack! I seem to be having a problem that I am hoping someone out there in Internet-land can help me with. I used to have access to Photoshop at my old job, and I have been waiting to process and post a bunch of pictures from my digital camera until I got the Adobe Creative Suite installed on my Powerbook. I finally got the Creative Suite (which includes Photoshop) installed, and yesterday I edited the images that I wanted to post today. I put the images from my Mac onto a USB key (thumb drive, flash drive, whatever) and brought them to work with me today. When I tried to open, preview, and upload the files from my new work computer (a PC), I ran into some problems. The pictures are all pixelated across the bottom in the previews, and Movable Type won't upload them--it just gives me an error message complaining about "premature end of jpeg file." Not only that, but the USB key seems to contain duplicates of every file, with a period and space in front of the duplicate file names. I can't open the duplicate files at all. Is this a Mac/PC compatibility issue? Because one of the main reasons that I got the USB key in the first place was to simplify file sharing between the two computers. Help!!!

Edited to add...the problem was that I pulled the USB key out of the laptop without dragging it to the trash. Everything is fine now, and I panicked for nothing.

Also, what should I be for Halloween? I still like the Leia idea, but I fear it is too close to Halloween to get a decent Leia costume together.

Posted by lisa at October 21, 2004 12:49 PM

Did I take the USB key out of the laptop too soon (as in, without dragging it to the trash) and therefore corrupt the files somehow?

Posted by: lisa on October 21, 2004 01:11 PM

Should we murmur quietly about Mac superiority?

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on October 21, 2004 01:16 PM

that sounds like as good a suggestion as any... you have to make sure that the little blinky light isn't going when you pull the drive out, or you'll have problems.
i've used my usb drive a whole bunch of times between mac and pc, and never had a problem, so i don't think it's a compatability issue.

Posted by: dave on October 21, 2004 03:27 PM

The files that begin with a period and underscore can be disregarded on the PC. They're the resource forks that hold metadata such as the Finder preview, filecreator and stuff like that. Just ignore these files.

As for the premature endings: I'd try to upload the files again to the USB drive and open a few of them on the mac before dismounting the usbdrive and going to work.

Posted by: Harold Bakker on October 22, 2004 07:10 AM
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