Read this concise guide to get a better understanding of "Library" and "Masters".
Also read though the first seven chapters of the User Manual (available on-line) -- the manual is well done, and the first seven chapters walk you through the interface (it's complex) and provide something of a foundation for learning how best to use Aperture.
Welcome to Aperture-land. The first steps are the hardest. Many -- nearly all who've made it -- find the time spent getting to know how to use it was well worth it.
Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger
In addition to Kirby's reply :
For the files already in Library Aperture, select them first, go to the File menu > Relocate Master (and chose subfolder format > projet name)
When importing new files : in the import browser (cmd I), go to the upper right of the window.
- Select File Info from the Import settings pop-up menu (just in case)
Below in Aperture Library section.
- Destination pop-up menu : Choose New projet or an existing project
- Store Files pop-up menu : Choose the external disk to store the picture
- Subfolder : Name of the project
I Hope it helps
A fabulous answer:
In the olden days ( ) when hobbyists made their own telescopes from kits, everyone wanted a six-inch lens, and the kit makers shipped six-inch lens blanks. Which the hobbyists used to learn lens grinding. Which is arduous and requires skill. Which the hobbyists didn't have until they'd ground that six-inch blank -- an expensive piece of high-quality material at the time -- into a lumpen flawed approximation of a good lens. Then the hobbyists would contact the kit makers and ask for another lens-blank, so they could build their telescope. At which point they would drop the project because the six-inch lens blank cost so much. And much calumny was rained on the kit manufacturers.
Now the kit manufacturers wanted to promote a hobby, and make, in addition to telescope kits, money (not calumny), so they together and separately hit upon the idea of supplying the hobbyist with _two_ lens blanks: a four-inch blank, and a six inch blank. Nobody wanted a four-inch telescope -- but that's not what the blank was for. The instructions read (I've shortened this part) "Grind the four-inch blank into the most perfect lens you can. Check it and re-check it. Now throw it out. You likely now have the skill to grind the six-inch blank into a useable lens."
Thus endeth our fable.
The point, of course, is: start small and gain skill before committing time and material to a task. Port just a small sub-set of you photos into Aperture. Experiment with it. Try different workflows. Think about how to best use the containers and organization tools Aperture provides. Develop a long-term naming convention for files and Projects. Work out a back-up strategy that is scalable and that you will stick with. My specific recommendation for beginners is: don't worry about Referenced v. Managed at first. Make all your Masters Managed. When you have your four-inch Aperture Library all smooth and even, put the entire thing in the system trash -- and then you can start working on an Aperture Library fit for your photos -- one that will allow you to see far, and clear, for years.