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iPhoto to Aperture: My experience

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Apr 29, 2012 8:46 AM

Several weeks ago I migrated three iPhoto Libraries from iPhoto 8 to Aperture 3.23. (In limited testing iPhoto 9 migration appeared to have similar results).


I summarized my experience in a blog post [1]. I'll share my overall impression here, since others may be in the same boat.


Briefly, if you are a demanding sort, wait for Aperture 4.1 and iPhoto 10.x.


My migration process was fraught with traps and errors that resulted in loss of 'metadata' (image descriptions, etc). Video migration was particularly problematic. I spent many, hours experimenting and testing. I had to repeat the imports several times to find the best path. Some data loss cannot be avoided; Aperture does not store iPhoto Event or Album descriptions. Keyword consolidation is a tedious process.


At the end of the road Aperture gives me many new features, scalability, and a (relative) confidence that I'm committed to an application with a demanding and technical user base.


On the other hand, I miss iPhoto's many clever features for managing Events/Rolls. Aperture is taking me back to the days of Albums. I also miss the speed and ease of simple data entry in iPhoto, such as titles, descriptions and keywords. (Keyword assigment in Aperture is clumsy if you don't have a numeric keyboard.)


Most users of iPhoto are probably not as demanding as I am. If you think of yourself as a picky sort who hates to lose data, however, I do urge you to read my (ad-free, just a personal blog) posts before you migrate. If iPhoto 8/9 is not driving you crazy, I suggest waiting for Aperture 4.1.




and more detail on the video import experience in


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