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Aperture Photo Book, Unavailable images detected

1101 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2013 11:21 PM by léonie RSS
JPK. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 6, 2013 2:19 AM

I have built an Aperture Photo Book in 3.4.3 of about 200 pictures, but when I try to 'Buy Book' I receive the message 'Unavailable images detected in Book'. But when I click on 'show referenced files' I receive the message that there are 'No Referenced Files' - but I can see pictures in the photobook which are of an adequate resolution to print.


I have tried to carry out all of the repair options by opening Aperture and holding down Command and Option to no avail. Nice crisp images are there in my photobook but I just can't purchase the book. It appears that somehow all of my image originals have been wiped.

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 4:42 AM (in response to JPK.)

    But when I click on 'show referenced files' I receive the message that there are 'No Referenced Files'

    You mean, when you select the images that give the error message, the 'show referenced file' does not work? Then these files are managed and not referenced. Can you edit them and apply adjustments, or export them? If that should be the case, then your images are o.k., but your photo book has the wrong references.

    We had two similar cases recently, and in both cases nothing worked but removing the images with the broken links from the book and adding them again.


    When I try to print my book I receive the following error message:  One or more of the images in your book are not presently available at full resolution. Please reconnect to these files by mounting the volume(s) containing the original images.


    Cannot buy photobook in Aperture: Unavailable images detected in book.


    The question is, why the references from the book do not work. Where is your Aperture library located? On the system drive or on an external? If external, how is it formatted and connected? Do your filenames contain special characters?




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 11:41 AM (in response to JPK.)

    I cannot edit them or export them they just appear as white dotted outlines in the image panel below.

    All of your images? Not only the images in the book?


    Have you checked, if the original image files are stll inside your Aperture Library by looking into the library from the Finder?

    Select the library, ctrl-click it, and select "Show Package Contents". Then open the folder "Masters" inside. This folder should contain the original image files, organized by the date of the import session - year, month, day.

    Are your original images still there?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 12:04 PM (in response to JPK.)

    The aperture library is my old iPhoto library which came across when I switched to Aperture 1 - 2 (?) years ago.

    It looks like you imported your iPhoto library referenced, and somehow the original master image files got left behind.

    Is it possible to get Aperture to look through and put the preview image where the master image should be? The preview images are of a reasonable quality and resolution so this would be OK as my originals appear to have been somehow lost.

    I suggest to simply copy the "Previews" folder from your Aperture Library to your Pictures folder.


    Then you'll have two options:

    • Reimport the previews "File > Import", and then use the "Lift&Stamp" tool to transfer all metadata tags from the old images to the newly imported images. When lifting metadata, take care to copy only the metadata tags, not the adjustments, since the previews are already adjusted.
    • You could also try to reconnect the previews to the versions by substituting them as new originals. But that will be a lot of work.
      • Select one of the images with missing masters.
      • Use the command "File > Locate Referenced File". If you now get an error message that managed files do not have any referenced files, this cannot be done. Otherwise a pane will open, to reconnect the version to the original. In the upper part, select the file with the missing original. In the lower part, select the preview file.
      • If the preview does not have exactly the name that is shown in the upper panel, rename the preview file to the name that the missing master file had used (in the Finder). In the lower panel now select the renamed preview. Hold down the "Alt/Options" key to be able to force a reconnect. Now you should see a "Reconnect" button.  Press it. Your version in the book now should use the reconnected master/original. Unfortunately Aperture has a recent bug, that prevents it from using reconnected originals in a book. Delete the old version from the book page and drag the reconnected original to your book to replace the old version. Do this for all your iPhoto images.


    Good luck



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 5:39 AM (in response to JPK.)

    Thanks again for your time - do you work for Apple?

    You are welcome; no, I do not work for Apple, I am just a member of this ASC-user forum like everyone here, answering questions in my spare time.


    Using File-Import I don't see the iphoto library file which contains my preview files so do I have to go through all of the 1000's of missing files and transfer them folder by folder, file by file?

    Aperture will not let you look into an iPhoto library - you have to copy the folder with the Preview images from the iPhoto library to a location outside the library. Then you should be able to import it.


    Aperture, over time has become slow and buggy

    You may wish to start a new discussion on how to troubleshoot slow performance in Aperture. In many cases this can be fixed.




  • KateAlex43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 8:32 PM (in response to léonie)

    To: LeonieDF and JPK:


    I am having exactly the same problem with a book.  This has never happened before and I have made at least 25 books using Aperature, albeit with all photos from camera. 


    With this new book, I am using mostly scanned images of old photos/letters/documents with inserted text from MS Word.  I am up to 75 pages, carefully designed, which has taken hundreds of hours of work.  I am now quite frustrated and stuck!


    I have tried to relocate, reconnect, find masters etc to no avail.



    Thank you.


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