6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2012 7:41 PM by léonie
samanthavictoria01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My old mac went to computer heaven due to an accident with a water bottle. Luckily I had all my back up aperture libraries saved on an external harddrive. I upgraded from the 3.0 version to the 3.3.1 aperture version for my new computer but now when I try to open my old libraries I first have to convert them (which works fine) but while all the folders come up and the layout is right all the actual files are blank. Does this mean I have lost all of my photographs? I have never had a problem working from these libraries before and sometimes I imported the photorgaphs from my camera directly onto these library stored on my external harddrvie. shouldn't this mean that the referenced masters are on my external harddrive not the harddrive of my old computre?

Please help! Thank you very much in advance,

Samantha.


Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • 1. Re: Aperture library Blank
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,775 points)

    Samantha,

    but while all the folders come up and the layout is right all the actual files are blank.

    what do you mean by  "came up blank"? Do you see  empty blank frames instead of the thumbnails?

     

    Or are there badges indicating broken references?

     

    sometimes I imported the photorgaphs from my camera directly onto these library stored on my external harddrvie.

    And how did you import exactly? I do not understand "directly onto these library". Are they imported referenced or managed into this library?

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: Aperture library Blank
    samanthavictoria01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Léonie thank you for your help. Sorry for being so vague. So when I say they are blank that is exactly what you say empty blank frames with a little badge in the corner which I'm not sure what it indicates but yes I think broken references. When I say that I import from my camera onto the library I mean I have opened one of the libraries which are on my external harddrive and when I import the photographs from my camera I am 'importing into this particular aperture library'. Does this help you with your questions?

  • 3. Re: Aperture library Blank
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,775 points)

    badges.png

    Samantha, which of the three badges is it? Or is it a completely different one from this list: Aperture 3 User Manual: Understanding Badge Overlays

  • 4. Re: Aperture library Blank
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,775 points)

    The upgrade from version 3.0 to 3.3 is a major upgrade, and the upgrade of the library can be problematic, when the library has issues. Before you do anything else, make sure you have a backup of your Aperture libraries. Then I'd try to repair and to rebuild them., see:

    Repairing and Rebuilding Your Aperture Library: Aperture 3 User Manual

     

    Then check, if the images still are blank.

    • If the badge is the upper one in the picture above, you will probably only have to regenerate the thumbnails: select the images in the browser (try it with a few images only first) and use the command "Photos > Generate Thumbnails".
    • But if you see one of the lower icons, then Aperture cannot find the original image files.
    • Ctrl-click your Aperture library, select show package content from the pop-up menu and check the "Masters" folder in the Finder window that opens. Are there original images inside, when you dive down into the set of nested folders inside?

     

     

    Post back when you have checked this.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 5. Re: Aperture library Blank
    samanthavictoria01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks Leonie got it to work! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year

  • 6. Re: Aperture library Blank
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,775 points)

    A happy New Year to you too!

     

    Léonie