Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to Birmingham Mike)
Your Library should be an index of all of your work as a photographer.
Libraries can hold hundreds of thousands of Images.
When you need to free space on your system disk because your Library has grown too large, you should convert some (or all) Image's Masters from Managed to Referenced, and put the Referenced Masters on other drives. This is covered regularly. Read the User Manual and scan the forum for advice.
As with any data you have on your computer, your Library should be backed-up regularly, and you should regularly test the back-up to make sure it works.
There is no reason to "archive" Images when using Aperture. Aperture is your archive, as well as your workshop.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2012 8:24 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)
Thanks Kirby - that makes a lot of sense.
I've let my library grow into a real mess with lots of folders and smart albums. I'd like to tidy it all up, but am worried that if I, say delete a folder, I may be deleting a bunch of images, and not just the folder. got any tips?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2012 8:43 AM (in response to Birmingham Mike)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2012 9:15 AM (in response to Birmingham Mike)
The only time you need to worry about deleting masters is if you delete projects. You can delete anything else, albums or folders and not worry about deleting the master.
EXCEPT in one case if the folder contains projects, in all other cases you're ok.
Now is the best method to reorganization your library going in and just deleting a bunch of things, I would say no. You need a plan, some idea or where you're trying to get.
So read the many posts of Kirby, then devise an organization that fits your needs.
One other important point, make sure you have a good working backup of your library. Knowing that no matter what you do you can always recover your images is very liberating. You'll be more likely to try out things you would be afraid to try out if you couldn;t recover.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2012 9:43 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)
thanks guys - that's really helped.
It's something i've been putting off for a while (and knowing that the longer i leave it, the worse it's going to be). I'm using timemachine to backup almost daily.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2012 9:54 AM (in response to Birmingham Mike)
And this, too.
Aperture is _very_ flexible. Re-organizing is easy. Having a plan takes some time.
Time Machine works well. For any major re-organization of Aperture you should create a stand-alone back-up of your current set-up (Library and any Referenced Masters). Time Machine is a rolling back-up. This gives you a (second) fixed back-up, and is easier to restore (if needed).
Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2012 2:48 PM (in response to Birmingham Mike)
Without disagreeing with any of the previous advice, please note that the most important archive is a backup of the original images done prior to import into Aperture or any other images management application.