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iPhoto and Aperture library sync problems?

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unodosmac Calculating status...
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Nov 20, 2012 12:25 PM

I have an existing photo library using iPhoto 9.4.2.  I installed Aperture 3.4.3 and was able to import the iPhoto library successfully. However, as I understand it, iPhoto and Aperture use a single, unified library and any changes done in one program sould be reflected in the other. I have tried editing and importing photos in iPhoto but the changes don't show up in Aperture and vice versa. Even when I close the programs and reopen them there seems to be no change. Any ideas?

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iPhoto 9.4.2
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 12:36 PM (in response to unodosmac)

    However, as I understand it, iPhoto and Aperture use a single, unified library and any changes done in one program sould be reflected in the other.

    No, that is not what is meant by "unified library". It means that iPhoto libraries and Aperture  libraries are compatible. You can open iPhoto Libraries in Aperture and Aperture Libraries in iPhoto, and any changes will be visible in the other program, if you open the library with the other program. Both Applications can use the same libraries.

     

    But if you have a separate Aperture library and a separate iPhoto library, any changes you do in Aperture using your Aperture libray will only apply to the Aperture library. To see them in iPhoto you need to open your Aperture Library in iPhoto and vice versa.

     

    See:

    Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture

     

    Aperture 3.3: How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 3:29 AM (in response to unodosmac)

    FYI for anyone else reading this, from the Apple notes it says you cannot have both iPhoth and Aperture open at the same time when they are accessing the same library.

    Yes, exactly. But you can open and browse two different libraries, one in Aperture and one in iPhoto.

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