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How to lock versions to prevent inadvertent modification?

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When I process valuable images in Aperture I like to use versions to capture different stages of the editing process. From such a version I may then derive one or more further variants either for different purposes or for comparison of different processing options. At some point I obtain one or more versions that I consider final. It would be very useful to be able to lock or "freeze" versions (not only the final ones) in that procedure in order to prevent them from being inadvertently modified.

I could not figure out how to do that, does anybody have a solution?


Thanks for any advice.

Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,560 points)

    I don't know of any lock mechanism in Aperture. I use color labels to alert me to the fact that a version must not be changed.


    To finalize your edits you might consider to create a new master image capturing your version, either by editing the version in an external editor or by export-import., but that would break the connection to the original master.





  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    This seems worthy of a feature request.  "Aperture→Provide Aperture Feedback".


    I use color labels as well.  "Green" is fully developed.  "Blue" is "Sold".


    But I learned that it really is only the print that is "final".  I regularly make small changes based on how an Image will be printed.


    To me, a case can be made for an Image lock in Aperture to prevent accidental alteration, but it remains important to understand that digitization has in a profound way de-stabilized our notion of final.


    I think, also, that the desire for a lock is more psychological than practical.  In daily use of Aperture for two years, and the development and processing of tens of thousands of Images, I have only once had to spend more than two minutes trying to recover from an accidental change of adjustment or metadata.


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