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creating a referenced library

500 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2012 12:52 PM by living the dream in Montana RSS
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Dec 3, 2012 7:48 AM

I've got a 350 G library on an external drive.  It's nicely organized into files and projects.  I want to put these images on my MBP internal hard drive, and duplicate their organization, but only as referenced images to avoid taking up unnecessary space.  Seems like it should be easy enough, but I can't seem to get it done. 

Do I start with Aperture open with the library on the external hard drive and export the images as referenced files, or start with the library on the MBP and import images as referenced files

I know there is a ton written about this, and I've consulted Aperture Manual but still can't figure it out.

 

Any help greatly appreciated!

 

S

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,205 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 9:05 AM (in response to living the dream in Montana)

    The library goes where you put it.  Use the relocate masters command from within Aperture to move the files.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 10:38 AM (in response to living the dream in Montana)

    So you want to move the orignals to the internal drive of the MBP and keep the library on the external drive?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to living the dream in Montana)

    So you want the library on the internal drive and the masters on the external?

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,205 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 10:42 AM (in response to living the dream in Montana)

    This doesn't make sense.  Referenced in Aperture has a very specific meaning.  It means the images themselves are not contained within the Aperture library package itself.  It is the alternative to "managed" masters where the originals are within the Aperture library (and thus able to be backed up by Aperture's vault).

     

    If stuff is working already, but you want to move the location of the referenced files, again you would use Aperture's "relocate originals" to do so.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to living the dream in Montana)

    An ok then  as William has written the command to use is Relocate Masters.

     

    With the library still on the external drive run Relocate masters to turn them into referenced masters. You will be able to create the folder structure you want for the masters when you run the command.

     

    Once the command is finished and your library is running with the referenced masters you can copy the library to the internal MBP drive.

     

    The library should still see the masters on the external drive and you should be good to go. However in the slight chance that Aperture is unable to locate the referenced masters on the external drive you will need to reconnect them using Locate Referenced files.

     

    I would read up on both these commands in the user manual before starting out. And make sure you have a backup of the original library just in case.

     

    regards

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 11:15 AM (in response to living the dream in Montana)

    Just select al the images you want to have referenced masters for and run the Relocate Original command. If you want all the images in your library to have referenced masters then select all the images in your library.

     

    Relocate original works on images not  projects.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,755 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 11:17 AM (in response to living the dream in Montana)

    Why did you create a new library? I thought you wanted to make the masters in your current library referenced and then copy the current library over to the MBP.

     

    If that is not want you wanted then you need to post back becaue the steps I recommended were for doing just that.

     

    regards

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