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Merging multiple libraries?

196 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 20, 2013 6:37 AM by Kirby Krieger RSS
rleidl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 19, 2013 10:41 PM


as a long time Aperture User I have some Aperture Libraries, two big main libraries and a few smaller libraries. In the user manual I read about a workflow for Workstation and MacBook, which is roughly like this:


Export a project from the workstation into a new lib, copy the lib to your Macbook, work with your lib on the MB, copy the lib back to the workstation, import the changed lib to your lib on the workstation, and Aperture merges the changes to your workstation's library.


I thought well, this could help me to consolidate my libraries: Let's say I have one big library and a few smaller ones, where a lot of projects or pictures are the same as in the big library – but the small libs also contain projects and pics not in the big library. So I just import the small library into the big one, and Aperture would merge everything and throw away duplicate projects, originals and copies.


Nice theory. After importing the duplicate projects etc. are just copied into the big library and I got everything twice.


So… is there a setting to solve this or maybe I use the wrong way of importing the libraries? Your help and input is very much appreciated.





Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,590 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 6:37 AM (in response to rleidl)

    Hi Rainer,


    Aperture is deft, but not clairvoyant .  The only Projects it will merge are those that originated from the Library into which you are importing/merging.  In your case, you are missing the crucial first step:  exporting the Project (or any container) as a Library from your "main" Library.  When that is done, you will be able to import the changed exported Library back into the "mother" Library and Aperture will merge the contents (or not -- you decide whether to merge or add).


    At this point -- as you've realized -- you should manually clean up your "main" Library, and then, as needed, export containers as Libraries, work on them (on your laptop or anywhere), and then import and merge.


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