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Texas_Man_Luvs_His_mac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Apr 29, 2012 9:56 PM

Is there a way to find duplicates/triplicates of the exact same file, especially the master, in Aperture (and iPhoto and iMovie)?


I'm finding that the longer I have Aperture running (referenced files), seems the more duplicates I am having show up.


Ideas? Solutions?


Thanks so much



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,700 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:04 PM (in response to Texas_Man_Luvs_His_mac)

    You could try the Aperture Version of Duplicate Annihilator: on.html


    There is also an iPhoto version of Duplicate Annihilator, but both programs are not free.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,590 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 4:14 AM (in response to Texas_Man_Luvs_His_mac)

    Texas_Man_Luvs_His_mac wrote:


    I'm finding that the longer I have Aperture running (referenced files), seems the more duplicates I am having show up.


    Ideas? Solutions?

    Hi Robert.  What is being duplicated, and what is causing the duplication?  Their presence indicates that your workflow needs to be changed, but without knowing what you do it's not possible to suggest solutions.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,700 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)

    That's an excellent point, Kirby! The best way to deal with duplicates is to avoid them.


    But one of the problems might be, that the "Do not import duplicates" option simply does not work when importing from iPhoto.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,700 points)
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    May 5, 2012 12:24 PM (in response to Texas_Man_Luvs_His_mac)

    Hello Robert,

    your long post lets me speechless, and very impressed by your courage. All the best wishes for your future.


    Now Aperture: Let me address some points that are obvious to me - I hope others will chime in with good advice on your workflow.


    One thing is obvious: You need to carefully plan the design of your new Aperture library, if you want to incorporate a lifetime's wealth of media. Don't try to do all at once. Think about the main categories you will need to retrieve your images and plan a folder structure that will allow you to access your projects easily. Each Aperture Library should be designed to fit your own needs, here we cannot help much. Usually it is helpful to organize your folder structure according to events: I have groups of folders for long distance travel, for sailing trips, for bicycle tours, for scientific expeditions, for conferences, for family events. And inside these groups are subfolders with specific projects. You might be tempted to organize by locations, or time, but these tags are available in other Aperture views. But still, others group there library according to date.


    Since I had to start referencing Ap3 files, that helped with the storage on the laptop drive.

    This is for a big library a very good solution.


    But it caused another problem: I can't see the referenced movie files on iMovie. If I can, I don't know how.

    No, you can't, it would be wasteful to do it. Keep the movies in iMovie or iTunes, and use them in Aperture slideshows using the Media Browser.



    Someone mentioned the new Final Cut. I've held out, but might consider going that route for managing all movie files.


    Final Cut has a very steep learning curve. Going from iMovie to Final Cut is like the transit from iPhoto to Aperture. If you are happy with the video edting in iMovie stick with iMovie. I rarely use Final Cut, most things I get done with iMovie; but I am not a very ambitious movie maker. If you could profit from advanced video processing check Final Cut out. You may wish to browse the iMovie Forum and Final Cut Forum for more advice.


    I'll stop here to give the others a chance to chime in




  • arielon Calculating status...
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    Nov 7, 2012 1:26 AM (in response to Texas_Man_Luvs_His_mac)

    Picasa: Tools > Experimental > Show duplicate files.


    You have to add the "iPhoto Library" first.


    or try:


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