Currently Being ModeratedNov 9, 2012 2:08 PM (in response to Kevin on Vashon)
Kevin, what is your Aperture version?
In Aperture 3 I do not know of any setting, that can be used to change the default "(1)" appendix to "_1".
One strategy would be to avoid the generation of duplicate names in the first place. You could change the file name preset to include the "_1" or something similar for all filenames, so that you are sure, that no duplicate name will be generated. That is what I amdoing when exporting to a folder that already may contain images.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 9, 2012 2:20 PM (in response to léonie)
Sounds like you need a batch file renaming program.
There's a few programs on the App Store that'll do this, however, there is one I've found that is free: http://djhomewrecker.com/blog/?p=187
Note that the program seems to have been abandoned a few years ago, but it still works well for me.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 9, 2012 4:12 PM (in response to léonie)
This solved my problem. When I looked closer, I saw that I could add a new name format on Export Version to use the "versionName_counter", with no spaces. I didn't notice at first that I had this option.
This will do exactly what I need.
Why do I need to do this instead of just overwriting the old image online?
This is for a large catalog. My version names are the same as the item skus, i.e. "itemsku_1.jpg". When a new picture is posted online, it needs a slight file name change ("_1, _2, etc), to ensure the users browser and the content delivery network (AWS Cloudfront) feed the latest images instead of cached versions.
I'm liking Aperture a lot and find a diminishing need to jump Photoshop / Lightroom / Bridge.