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Why did Aperture just download over 500 duplicates from my camera.

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Despite having ticked 'do not import duplicates', Aperture imported over 500 duplicates from my Canon 7D.


Anyone have an idea why this happened? I take it I have no choice but to go through and remove these manually.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)

    The built-in dupe-sleuth is rather dim-witted.  All it checks is file name and the date-time stamp (iirc).  If you change either -- for instance, you rename files on import -- it assumes (not without reason) that the files are different (they are) and imports them.


    I just shoot a separator frame each time I put a card in a camera.  (Point at a light source, hold up one hand with a finger extended, and take an out-of-focus shot.  Easy to pick out.  Every exposure preceeding the last separator frame has been already imported.)  Because I _always_ rename my files on import, I could not use Aperture's "Do not import duplicates" function.


    Grouping (and then deleting) the most-recently imported dupes is easy.  Select the "Photos" container, and filter for the import sessions that are most recent.  You will have to add the Filter Rule "Import Session".

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    ... I do use a script that puts them in a yyyy/mm/dd folder system (you'd think Aperture would be able to do that but no).


    A little OT, but just curious why you are using a script. Aperture is certainly capable of importing files into a yyyy/mm/dd folder structure, and others, by choosing the "Image Year/Month/Day" folder naming preset in the import settings. What is it about your scheme that Aperture can't handle? 

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Thanks...I get it now. You are referring to the library organization, not the organization of the physical folders/files.

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Exactly. Using a referenced approach, the actual location of the image files can be totally different from Aperture's library organization. Or they can be the same, or anything in between. When importing for a referenced organization Aperture provides a lot of flexibility to specify where the actual images should be stored. For a managed system, not so much--as you have discovered. The limitations in library organization apply in both cases, though. 


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