iPhoto 6: Unable to import .jpe files

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When you try to import a .jpe file from the Finder into iPhoto 6, you may receive an alert message indicating that the file could not be imported because it is in an unrecognized format.

Additionally, iPhoto 6 may unexpectedly quit if you attempt to import a .jpe file directly from a digital camera or when you try to edit a .jpe file that you brought into your library prior to upgrading from an earlier version of iPhoto.


Files ending in the .jpe extension are JPEG formatted photos created by some digital cameras that contain an embedded color profile. In order for iPhoto 6 to properly recognize these files, you will need to update to iPhoto 6.0.4 or later. If you drag or drop a .jpe file onto the iPhoto window or icon in iPhoto 6.0.4, you may get an unrecognized format alert. Be sure the file name ends in .jpeg or .jpg.

Published Date: Oct 7, 2016