OK, gang, I’m getting ready for Aperture 3 and could use some friendly advice so that I don’t run off the road and into the ditch as I wend my way down the Aperture highway.
Here’s the background story. In 2007 I bought a 20” iMac and commenced shortly thereafter to use iPhoto for storing and organizing my Nikon digital images. I have never used iPhoto for editing but instead have always used Photoshop Elements as an external editor. (I currently use PSE 6 for Mac and intend to retain it as an external editor with Aperture 3). I acquired iPhoto Library Manager and currently have the many thousands of images in my iPhoto Library broken up into dozens of sub-libraries, each with a number of albums.
I plan to download Aperture 3 from the Apps Store in the near future and have acquired the following in the meantime:
- New 27” iMac with Lion, 2 TB HD, and 8 GB RAM
- “Aperture 3” by Dion Scoppettuolo
- “Focus on Apple Aperture” by Corey Hilz
- Three Aperture Help items: User Manual, Exploring Aperture, and Keyboard Shortcuts.
I have done some skimming of the above written material and expect soon to review it in much greater detail before downloading Aperture 3. If it sounds like I’m a bit apprehensive about Aperture 3 and am going overboard in preparing for it you’re right! I’m hoping to avoid unexpected surprises that might throw me for a loop.
One of my biggest concerns is what to do with my existing iPhoto Library. Should I leave it as is or should I import it into Aperture 3? Will all of those many sub-libraries still be distinct entities that look the same as they did in iPhoto with the same content and format? Most of those sub-libraries are smaller than they need to be, and I would like to combine many of them. Would this be reasonably easy to do if I imported my iPhoto Library into Aperture 3?
Are there any particular issues about Aperture 3 that have given users problems that I need to be aware of? If it's of importance I shot JPEGs only for a long time but recently commenced shooting RAW only, so most of the images in my iPhoto Library are JPEGs. I expect to continue to shoot RAW only after I acquire Aperture 3.