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Aperture saving files

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Loukie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 9, 2011 1:02 AM

Where does Aperture save files that are sorted into libraries?  I have downloaded files in both RAW and JPEG formats but cannot locate them on my iMac using either spotlight and Quicksilver.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Schizzo Jo Calculating status...
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    Jun 9, 2011 1:14 AM (in response to Loukie)

    Based on what you said you're using Aperture with a managed library; your files are managed by Aperture and stored in it's library.

    The Aperture library is normally saved in the image folder; if you right click on the libry file and select show content you can find your files in the master folder sorted with subfolder by import date.

     

    DO NOT MODIFY THE LIBRARY!!!! Aperture will stop working; you have to manage your file from Aperture

  • Tony Gay Level 4 Level 4 (1,625 points)
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    Jun 9, 2011 9:29 PM (in response to Loukie)

    The library being referred to is the actual aperture.aplibrary and is located in the finder.

     

    Might I suggest watching the videos on the site here

     

    http://www.apple.com/aperture/how-to/

     

    as these will give you an excellent insight into the way to work with Aperture.

     

    Tony

  • JohnTheAppleFan Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Jun 14, 2011 11:38 AM (in response to Loukie)

    There are 3 ways to move files from one to the other:

    1) You can import an iPhoto library into Aperture if you want to import the whole thing.

    2) You can export the photos to Finder and then import them into Aperture.  Kind of a pain.

    3) The best way is to open both Aperture and iPhoto and drag photos from one to the other.  

     

    Either way is a LOT better than trying to to edit the Aperture or iPhoto databases.

  • Jazzz Calculating status...
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    Jun 2, 2012 7:49 AM (in response to Loukie)

    Thanks for the useful info in this post.

     

    I am currently "test driving" Aperture, but it's driving me nuts that I cannot myself specify where the files (at least the copies) are stored.

    Are there really no way to "customize" these settings? I like to name my files by shooting-date, time etc, and store them in folders per year and per month, i.e. a folder 2012 with subfolders 2012-01, 2012-02 etc. but Aperture just dumps them in some not very easily accessible folder..

     

    Thanks,

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    Jun 2, 2012 8:38 AM (in response to Jazzz)

    Jazzz wrote:

     

    but it's driving me nuts that I cannot myself specify where the files (at least the copies) are stored

    You can, with a fair amount of freedom, using Aperture's File Naming and Folder Naming Presets (available at "ApertureÔ××Presets ... ").  Being driven nuts is the feeling you get when the paradigm is being shifted under your feet.  Please take at look at these posts:

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/17834089#17834089

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/15991642#15991642

    for some comments on Aperture as an Image-manager and not as a File-manager.

     

    If you can make the jump to image-management, you will find that Aperture provides a vastly richer set of organizating tools for Images than the Finder does for files.

     

    Fwiw, here is a good discussion on file-naming, including a post showing my standard file-naming preset:

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/13221205#13221205

  • Jazzz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 3, 2012 8:42 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)

    Thanks Kirby,

     

    A lot of very useful information - haven't read it all yet though .

     

    It seems I need to get my mind-set adapted to the "different" way of working and naming files in Aperture. But I can see that it all makes perfect sense... I am just so used to my current work flow, so it's a hard habit to break

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 5:17 AM (in response to Jazzz)

    Jazzz wrote:

     

    Thanks Kirby,

     

    A lot of very useful information - haven't read it all yet though .

     

    It seems I need to get my mind-set adapted to the "different" way of working and naming files in Aperture. But I can see that it all makes perfect sense... I am just so used to my current work flow, so it's a hard habit to break

    Unless you are inflexible (only you know), the change is worthwhile.  Image-management is something that has been a long time coming.  File-management -- now mastered by the eyes, hands, and brain -- was always (imho) a kind of ill-placed base camp on the way to summitting computer use.

  • Jazzz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 4, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)

    Thanks again. I am sure you are right. Having worked with PS Elements, DPP and other photo editing tools, as well as working with Windows based machines 8 hours a day, does make you used to the old-fashioned way of looking at things. Thanks for promoting this new "perspective" on things.

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