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Can I have two Aperture projects with same name?

344 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2013 1:17 PM by Kirby Krieger RSS
thiagocfm Calculating status...
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Feb 17, 2013 5:18 AM

Hi. I'm new to Aperture and an advanced iPhoto user. I started using Aperture sharing the same library with iPhoto (that new functionallity).


I've read lots of manuals and tutorials (Apple's and others) as well as this support topics. I understand iPhoto Events are now Aperture Projects and I've read a lot about how should it be organized and so on.


My problem is: I got, for example, 4 iPhoto Events with the name "Friends". The appear in Apperture as 4 Projects named "Friends". I decided to rename one of them and the I came back to "Friends" name. Aperture won't let me: it appends "(1)". It seems I cannot name to Projects the same way, although I have that.


Before: Friends, Friends, Friends, Friends

After renaming one of them and trying to get back to original name: Friends, Friends, Friends, Friends (1)


I have that duplicated name because it is like a title, photos of my friends in different time (one Friends is from 2005, other from 2010, and so on, for example).


It seems pretty bad I have to come up with a new name for each new Project, considering I have hundreds of them today. Any tips? Thanks.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:30 AM (in response to thiagocfm)

    You've already answered your question it seems, Aperture will not allow projects with the same name.



    But let me ask you something, if you have four projects named 'Friends' how do you know which is which? Which of those four have the images from 2005? Wouldn't it be better (even if Aperture allowed duplicate names) to have the projects have names that gave them more meaning?

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,820 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to thiagocfm)

    If there is nothing separating the images then put them all in the same project. If you have a project Friends you know all your friends images are in there and you can find the ones you want by date or keyword or even Face.


    There is no requirement to have the images from different times at the bar to be in different projects. I personally wouldn't work that way but if having a project called Friends at Bar works for you then place all the images of your friends at the bar in that project.


    Of course another way to look at this is to use albums to pull all the images of your Friends at Bars together. Don't have the name of the project organize your library, create albums and/or smart albums to collect the images into meaningful groupings.



  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)

    Frank Caggiano wrote:


    Aperture will not allow projects with the same name.

    ... within one Folder or at the root.  You can use duplicate Project name in any _other_ Folder.


    Imho, Project names should be unique.  I use "{ShortDescriptiveName}. {Location}. {Date}", so, for instance "River Race. Pittsburgh. Sun 17 February 2013".  Note that the Inspector helpfully truncates from the middle, so this shows the more important information even when truncated.


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