5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2013 5:55 AM by Kirby Krieger
markfrombaton rouge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

have two MBP's with Aperture 3.4.3.  First one has all libraries and projects and is the primary or master.  Second one has no images yet.  If I highlighted say 5 or 10 projects (or albums?), is there a way to export these projects full of images, to say a thumbdrive and then import into the second MBP.  If I were to edit an image over on the second MBP, is there a way to import just that image back to First MBP and have it appear correctly, edited and updated, in the project and album?

Also what about chronosync for MAC, is this a reliable way with Aperture to move the entire data over from primary MBP to secondary MBP and periodically update secondary MBP with changes?  Anybody tried it?

Thanks


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: moving one project between Macbook pros
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,675 points)
    If I highlighted say 5 or 10 projects (or albums?), is there a way to export these projects full of images, to say a thumbdrive and then import into the second MBP.

     

    You can select Library items (projects and albums) and then export them as a partial Aperture library to your thumbsdrive.

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    From the main menu bar:

         File > Export > Items as New Library

     

    Then import the library into Aperture on your new mac.

     

    This will create the same albums and projects in your other library.

     

    If you want to send edited images back, export them again as library and import this library into Aperture on your other mac. If the image, project, album already exists, you will be asked, if you want to "add" or to "merge". Select to merge, to replace the older image by the newer one.

     

    chronosync

    I have not used chronosync, but usually syncing does not work well with databases, if they rogram is not specific for the particular database. For Apertrue it will not suffice, to sync the image files in the Aperture library, you need also to edit and update the database files inside the Aperture library package to point to the correct versions of the image files. I doubt that a general syncing program can do that.

     

    Reagrds

    Léonie


  • 2. Re: moving one project between Macbook pros
    markfrombaton rouge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow, Leonie, thank you for that!   Much appreciated!

    Your reasoning is why I did not buy chronosync, at least not yet.  

  • 3. Re: moving one project between Macbook pros
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,775 points)

    If I highlighted say 5 or 10 projects (or albums?), is there a way to export these projects full of images, to say a thumbdrive and then import into the second MBP.

     

    File -> Export...Project as New Library... then on the other machine:

     

    File -> Import -> Library

     

    Reverse the process to get the images back.

     

    Also what about chronosync for MAC, is this a reliable way with Aperture to move the entire data over from primary MBP to secondary MBP and periodically update secondary MBP with changes?  Anybody tried it?

     

    That's just backing up. Yes Chronosync and whole host of other apps can do that.

  • 4. Re: moving one project between Macbook pros
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,820 points)

    ChronoSync addresses using their program to sync iPhoto and Aperture libraries at their web site. See Synchronizing your Pictures Folder

     

    It appears that it will do it. Of course it is not going to sync individual versions but it will keep the files and databases that make up Aperture in sync.

  • 5. Re: moving one project between Macbook pros
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,920 points)

    markfrombaton rouge wrote:

     

    have two MBP's with Aperture 3.4.3.  First one has all libraries and projects and is the primary or master.  Second one has no images yet.  If I highlighted say 5 or 10 projects (or albums?), is there a way to export these projects full of images, to say a thumbdrive and then import into the second MBP.  If I were to edit an image over on the second MBP, is there a way to import just that image back to First MBP and have it appear correctly, edited and updated, in the project and album?

    Yes.  As Léonie points out, this exact functionality is built into Aperture.  Export as Library, work on Library, import as Library and merge.  Details are in the User Manual.

     

    You can also put your Library on an external drive.  I do this with several Libraries -- some quite large -- it works well, but you'll need at least FW400 transfer speed, and USB 3 is (or course) much better.  With the cost and size of USB 3 dropping quickly (afaict), it makes sense to me to avoid all versioning issues by keeping each Library always intact.

     

    In sum, imho:

    - Excellent and reliable:  put your Library on a USB 3 drive and move the drive.

    - Good but needs to be carefully practiced; useful for occasional needs:  Aperture's built in export-work-import-merge.

    - I wouldn't recommend it without IT staff:  ChronoSync.

     

    _Nothing_ against ChronoSync.  It's complex, especially with Aperture.  It needs to be done right.  Done wrong and your data is in shards.