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Has anyone used Aperture with Bitcasa?

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WillyF Calculating status...
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Nov 28, 2012 8:05 PM

I've got a rather large libary in iPhoto, on an external disk. I'd like to move it somewhere offsite.. like Bitcasa or something equivalent, and move to Aperture to manage it. 


Has anyone done this?  Results?



MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 5:50 AM (in response to WillyF)

    Are you asking if it is possible to have the Aperture library off-site and accessed via the web?


    If so then no Aperture libraries need to be on locally mounted OS X Extended formatted disks. Having them on anything else is asking for major problems.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,660 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 5:52 AM (in response to WillyF)

    Like iPhoto, Aperture requires the Library to be on a disk formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) - are the servers on Bitcasa formatted appropriately? (I'd be about 99% sure they are not)


    Secondly, anyone who has tried this with iPhoto has found the process to be deathly slooooooooooow. The amounts of data being moved around are significant and most Internet connections are a long way from instantaneous - and that's not even considering of the onlinle service limits download speeds...






  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 6:09 PM (in response to WillyF)

    Put the library on an external drive (two would best one to use and one as backup) and move the drive to the system you need it on.


    It's not great and in this day and age you'd think there was a better solution but.....

  • w8ufo Calculating status...
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    Jan 24, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to WillyF)

    I know this is a couple of months old, however I figured that I'd throw my 2 cents in here.


    I don't store my Aperture library on Bitcasa for the very reasons stated here, however, I do manage it a bit by using externally referenced files.


    My primary back up is Time Machine, and my secondary backup is Bitcasa, where I sync/back up Documents, Music, Photos, etc.


    To keep the Aperture library to a manageable size, I use reference files.  When I import Raw image files, they're stored in the Aperture Library.  That gets backed up to Time Machine and Bitcasa during regular backups.  Each Quarter, I move the photo files to an external hard drive.  The metadata is still in the library, and I'm able to do searches, etc.  Once that's done, I burn the referenced images to DVD.  If the external drive goes bad, I've got the DVDs to at least do restores.


    My hope is to experiment with Bitcasa to see if I can migrate that external drive, then have Aperture look there for the referenced files.


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