Unable to upload images in Wordpress on Local Host

I am unable to upload images in wordpress. I am working in a local environment on my Mac, using Xampp.  This may be an additional clue (my htaccess file is not writeable).

The error I get: "The uploaded file could not be moved to wp-content/uploads/2013/09."
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Does wp-content/uploads/... exist?
Does wp-content/uploads/... have write permissions?
deitercat2Author Commented:
It does exist.  I' dont know how to change permissions via the localhost.
You do it directly via clicking on the folder, File menu and Get Info.
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deitercat2Author Commented:
Thanks.  The permissions were set to read and write for me, I changed the permission to read write for everyone else, but unfortunately, I'm still getting the same error. I checked the permissions for both wp content and the uploads directory.
this might work.

1 Use your ftp client to open the folders on your website.
2 Right click the wp-content folder and open "properties".
3 There you will see the chmod 775 setting. Change it to 777.
4 Do the same to the "uploads" folder.

Also go in WP settings and uncheck the box which says "organize your uploads in days/months".

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deitercat2Author Commented:
It was the second part of your solution that did the trick for me, after unchecking the box for "organize your uploads in days/months."After I did that  it worked just fine.    Thank you.
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