6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2012 1:04 PM by nickcornwall
nickcornwall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have all my photos in Aperture on my iMac

I also have a Macbook Air

I want to export some photos from iMac to MbA via external hard drive, work on them, and then return them to iMac

How do i do this?

Do I copy and paste, export originals, or versions from Imac to MbA?

When I return them from MbA to iMac will they replace the originals?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: exporting to external hard drive
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    What is your Aperture version?

     

    Assuming you are using Aperture 3 or later, I'd suggest to collect all images that you want to export and edit on your MBA into one or more projects. Then export these projects as a new Aperture library to your external drive.

    Edit this new library on your MBA, and when you are done with that, you can import and merge the edited Aperture library into your Aperture library on the iMac.

     

    When you import the edited library into your Library on your Mac you will be prompted, if you want to add or to merge the images. Select "Merge", and the edited images will replace the originals ( you will also have to specify, that the images in the imported library shall be kept, if there is a conflict).

     

    This exporting as library and merging back is more convenient then exporting the images directly, since this way you will be able to preserve Aperture's lossless workflow and keep the originals as well as the adjusted images.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: exporting to external hard drive
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    No need -- afaik -- to consolidate the Images into a Project.  You can "export➞work on elsewhere➞import & merge" Projects and/or Albums.  Much better, imho, to put the Images in an Album, and then use "File➞Export➞Items as Library".  I suggest checking both “Include Previews in exported library” and “Consolidate masters into exported project”.  The created Library will contain all of the Images in the selected Album, including each of their Projects (but each Project will contain only the Images in the Album).  Elegantly done, imho. 

     

    OP:  After working on them on the MBA, import and merge the Library back to the iMac.  You can then delete the Album if it's no longer needed.

     

    Full instructions on this page from the User Manual, starting with the section:  Merging Libraries

     

    Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger -- small clarification.

  • 3. Re: exporting to external hard drive
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,740 points)

    No need -- afaik -- to consolidate the Images into a Project.

    That's more elegant, agreed. I was simply cautious, because I once had problems with an export, that did not contain at least one project. I am glad, that you confirm that the album-only version really works.

    “Include Previews in exported library”

    Including the originals is a must; I should have mentioned it, but why the previews as well? Much more data to transfer?

  • 4. Re: exporting to external hard drive
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    leonieDF wrote:

     

    Including the originals is a must; I should have mentioned it, but why the previews as well? Much more data to transfer?

    Excellent question  .  It forced me to go back and make a list of what Previews are used for:

    - displayed in the Viewer until the full-res Image is rendered

    - used for Image when Original is off-line

    - shared with iLife and iWork (and, afaik, any program that uses the OS X Media Browser, inc. the Desktop and Screensaver Preferences pane)

    - share with iDevices (not sure how this one works)

    - drag-able to other programs

     

    So there is little reason to include Previews in this case.

     

    I'm somewhat lazy in this regard: I just set up Previews to always be there.  That way they are never missing, and the topic doesn't come up.  The cost is storage space, which I value, but much less than time, and some delay when copying Libraries.  There is one huge advantage, imho, for those who have referenced originals: the Preview serves as a last-ditch back-up.  Almost all the Libraries I use are mostly referenced.  I like the fact that if I lose a Library somehow, I still have the originals, and if I lose the originals somehow, I still have high-quality Previews.

     

    But again, for the OP: there is no reason to include Previews when you are exporting a Library you are going to merge back into the originating Library.  Chapeau Léonie!

  • 5. Re: exporting to external hard drive
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    leonieDF wrote:

     

    No need -- afaik -- to consolidate the Images into a Project.

    That's more elegant, agreed. I was simply cautious, because I once had problems with an export, that did not contain at least one project.

    But if it contained an Image, it had to have a Project.  That's a core principle.  (Not disputing that you had a problem.)

  • 6. Re: exporting to external hard drive
    nickcornwall Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much. Hope to have some time tomorrow to use your wise words!