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Import with counter is in reverse order

297 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2012 9:23 AM by léonie RSS
Daniel L. Smith Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 30, 2012 7:39 PM

When I import photos (destination is an existing project), I like to apply "Rename Files" using a Counter.  After migrating to a new computer, I'm finding that the counter is applied in reverse order: the newest photos have the lowest counter numbers, and the number goes up as photos get older—the opposite of what I'd like.  Is there a setting somewhere that will let me control what order the counter is applied in?  I can't seem to find one anywhere, but I don't understand why this was working for me previously.


One workaround I have found is to sort my destination project in ascending date order.  Then the counter works as expected.  But I like to organize all my projects in descending date order, and don't want to have to re-sort every time I want to import...

Mac mini (Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 1:40 AM (in response to Daniel L. Smith)

    Aperture now seems to respect the sort order of the selection in the Browser when applying batch changes. I rather like this new behavior.


    If you want your numbering by date, why not use/create a filename preset, that includes the dates, for example "Version name and Date/Time"?


    Or use two Browsers: open a second browser, while renaming the files, if you do not want to change the sort order setting for your regular browser window.

    For example, you could select all images in the project, create a new album from them just for renaming, and then option-click this album in the Inspector, with your project still selected and showing in the Browser.

    This will open the album in a second browser, like shown below. You can now set this album to be sorted by date, ascending, while the project is still shown sorted descending:





  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 9:23 AM (in response to Daniel L. Smith)

    If you do not import into an existing project, but let Aperture import into a new project, the sorting is still by date, ascending; at least, that is what I am seeing on my macs with Aperture 3.4.3.

    So an option could be to import temporarily into a new project, and then to merge this project into the destination project; this might save you from having to change the sorting of all your existing projects.





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