Currently Being ModeratedNov 9, 2012 1:32 PM (in response to ArturoCelleru)
That seems counter intuitive to how Aperture is desinged with it's Project Box...???
Your library design will be much more flexible, if projects are smaller items - they correspond more closely to the events you used in iPhoto.
So the second solution - each photo shoot a project - and then grouping the projects hierarchically in folders of folders of folders -..... is what I'd recommend and what I am doing with my main Aperture library.
Have a look at Kirby Krieger's user tip:
It describes how projects and folders can be used to structure the library.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 9, 2012 3:52 PM (in response to ArturoCelleru)
This is digital not film so try to forget folders as much as possible. It is really easy if one thinks digitally instead of film-think.
Let each shoot be a Project like Léonie suggested.
The Litter name is a keyword
The Litter number is a keyword
The Dam's name is a keyword
The Sire's name is a keyword
Each animal's sex, color, AKC#, birth date, awards, etc. are keywords
The Litter date is a keyword (hint: use 120812 instead of 081212 for sorting purposes; computers see year-month-day-hour-minute-second).
When you keyword properly Albums of any type are instant. Folder usage is bad form more often than not.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 9, 2012 4:27 PM (in response to SierraDragon)
keywords are useful tags, but don't think folders are useless, only because they have been around for hundreds of years.
Both - keywords and folders - serve completely different purposes.
Keywords are best used to assign categories - disjoint, unique labels; I would use them for tags like the breed of the dogs or the sex.
But for tags that are neither categories nor are disjoint, I prefer custom tags or the IPTC content tags.
i.e.The Litter name, The Litter number, The Dam's name, The Sire's name.
These are not disjoint categories, and conceptually better modeled as content tags, imho.
Folders can be useful for two purposes - navigational and computational:
- When navigating the library they will serve to group related library items, so you can collaps them and get them quickly out of the way, when you want to move library items around.
- When defining searches or smart albums they restrict the scope of the search and the search will be quicker, if Aperture has not to scann all projects.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2012 3:23 PM (in response to léonie)
You are totally correct regarding custom tags instead of keywords depending upon the instance.
My main point is that Folders are mostly misused. Images need to be keyworded or tagged and linked to Albums, generally not put in folders. With digital images almost always folder organization of images is just wrong, because folders by definition locate an image in just a single category. And few images are ever just in a single category.
Some usage of folders can be helpful. Folders of Projects (e.g. 2001 Projects, Client royalfrenchel, etc.) make sense to help collapse a large number of Projects. However note that even in that simple two-folder example images cannot be in both folders at the same time without splitting the folders up.
IMO users should spend time carefully establishing how to keyword/tag and aggressively avoid using folders as much as possible. Eg. in Arturo's instance "week5" should be a keyword, not a folder. That way if one wants to make a brochure and use 5-week-old puppy pix it is an easy search on "week5" to retrieve pix to create an Album to peruse for brochure purposes. If "week5" instead comprises multiple deeply nested Folders subset to every litter of every Dam the process of retrieving becomes a nightmare.
I welcome further discussion of this important topic.