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Workflow for Merging Libraries without Duplicating Projects

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Nov 26, 2012 2:35 PM

I have a master aperture library that I keep on a dedicated external drive at home.  This is connected to a Mac Mini for serving up my photo, music, and video libraries across my home network.  This master aperture library contains numerous projects with associated albums and smart albums.

 

I do a majority of my editing on my MBP.  At any given time, I'll be working on multiple projects (editing versions, tagging faces, etc.). 

 

My preferred workflow would be to do all of this editing on my MBP, and occassionally (1x-2x a month) connect my external drive and import my MBP library into my Master library.  Then I could purge the files on my MBP.

 

However, when I do this, I end up with new projects in my master library for each time I import.  For example:

 

On my Master library I have: 

Project A (500 photos)

Project B (1,000 photos)

Project C (750 photos)

 

On my MBP library I have: 

Project A( 100 photos)

Project B (50 photos)

Project C (75 photos)

 

When I import the MBP library into the Master library, I would prefer to have: 

Project A (600 photos)

Project B (1,050 photos)

Project C (825 photos)

 

But instead I get: 

Project A (500 photos)

Project B (1,000 photos)

Project C (750 photos)

Project A (1) (100 photos)

Project B (1) (50 photos)

Project C (1)(75 photos)

 

Any suggestions?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)

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