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How to merge projects in Aperture 3.4

1985 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Oct 24, 2012 8:02 PM by nickditoro RSS
nickditoro Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Oct 23, 2012 6:48 PM

The Aperture 3 User Manual states that to merge a project, I should

  • control-click a project
  • choose Import > Library/Project from the shortcut menu (where's that??)
  • In the dialog that appears, select the project or library that I want to merge
  • click import.

 

When I control-click a project, I get a dialogue with

Screen Shot 2012-10-23 at 8.40.26 PM.png

 

Selecting Import has three options: files, folders as projects, and library. Selecting any of these takes me to Finder. Obviously I'm missing the shortcut menu, or perhaps 3.4 changed this function signiicantly.

 

My objective is to consolidate the many small projects that I've added to my library since Aperture 1 days (I use referenced files). Ideally, I'd convert some of these projects into albums beneath other projects, but that doesn't seem to work very well either.

 

Any help will be much appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Nick

Mac Pro (Early 2008), OS X Mountain Lion
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 7:29 PM (in response to nickditoro)

    Hi Nick.  This might be easier than you've made it.

     

    The Projects are already in the same Aperture Library?  Use Projects view (click "Projects" near the top of the Library tab of the Inspector).  Select one or several Projects, and drag-and-drop them on a target Project.  The target Project will be the one you end up with.  All Images in all the selected Projects will be moved into the target Project, and all the selected Projects will cease to exist.

     

    Along with the information you found, this is on this page of the User Manual.

     

    Added:

    The User Manual is simply wrong.  You followed the instructions -- afaict -- and they don't do what it says they do.  My instructions above should work.  Post back.

     

    Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 9:40 PM (in response to nickditoro)

    Glad to help .  The interface is complex.  The second chapter of the User Manual

    is a must-read (in spite of your discovery above).

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 10:33 PM (in response to nickditoro)

    Nick -- Here are my recs -- possible a little bit dated as far as the Apple-supplied stuff, but have a good look on the Apple Aperture resources pages and on the User Manual page "Additional Resources".

     

    My list of resources for learning Aperture.

     

    I don't think any book comes close to Dion Scoppettuolo's  "Aperture 3".

     

    It is available in both Kindle and iBook formats.  (You can read Kindle format on iPads with Amazon's free reader app.)

     

    I mention it specifically here because there are many not-helpful books on the market.

    MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion, 16 GB RAM; 500 GB SSD; NEC; Munki
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 2:20 AM (in response to nickditoro)

    .  Make the most of it and pass it forward.  Aperture is, fittingly, a hole.  Everyone stumbles at first use; I determined myself to understand it, and am happy to provide what waypoints and foodstuffs I can for others making the same trip.  Stop by any time you feel the need for either.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 3:04 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)

    Added:

    The User Manual is simply wrong.  You followed the instructions -- afaict -- and they don't do what it says they do.  My instructions above should work.  Post back.

    The confusion is caused by the fact, that the passage in the manual, that Nick quoted, refers to merging projects from two different Aperture Libraries. And the diction is the old Aperture 1-2 diction, when you could think of an Aperture Library as a project.

     

    I am glad you could sort this out - Kirby; I was confused too by the quoation, and thought, Nick wanted to merge libraries!

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 7:45 AM (in response to léonie)

    leonieDF wrote:


    And the diction is the old Aperture 1-2 diction, when you could think of an Aperture Library as a project.

    Aha!  Now it makes complete sense.  I never used Aperture before v. 3, and couldn't unravel that last bit.  I surmised what it was trying to say, but couldn't figure out why the authors confused Library and Project.

     

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 5:56 PM (in response to nickditoro)

    Note: After selecting "Projects" in the Library Tab, you can just drag one project and drop it on top of another project, for the simplest, and most Mac way, to merge projects.

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