Why does iphoto 11 rearrange the photos in my albums, even after setting manual sort?
After several iPhoto not responding episodes, I rebuilt my iPhoto Library. The albums then seemed to be rearranged in date order. I resorted the order of photos in an album how I wanted it, made sure view in manual order was checked. When I next opened iPhoto, the order had been changed. This happens time and again. I have had to resort to creating slideshows of all my albums - at least those photos stay in the order I set them.
It looks like there is a thread on this exact topic on the Apple Support Communities forum. In particular, the 5th post down (by 'Anonymity0123') at the following link seems to offer a solution: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/....
I hope this helps.
O'Reilly Media Customer Service Team
Anonymity0123's solution doesn't work for me. The only workaround I have found is to:
sort the photos in the album how you want them;
before quitting iPhoto, make a slideshow of the album.
When you re-open iPhoto, the album may or not be as you sorted it, but the slideshow order WILL have stayed as you left it.
It's easier to sort an album than sort a slideshow, because you have two degrees of freedom to move things around, instead of being limited to a one-dimensional timeline.