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Aperture is creating empty projects on start-up

2306 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 13, 2013 4:29 AM by ajhard RSS
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I recently moved my iPhoto contents to Aperture. The transition went fine (i stored the content in Aperture library), and all events were created as projects in Aperture. Albums and faces are also correct.


However, I noticed that some of my projects were duplicated, and the duplicate projects are empty. I deleted the projects, and when i restarted Aperture they were automatically recreated. I deleted them again and emptied trash, but they still were recreated. I deleted the duplicates and renamed the projects to see if that stopped the duplication. But this time Aperture created the old project plus a duplicate, both empty (the renamed project stayed intact with all the photos). Very strange. This only happens to the same seven projects every time (they are not generic photo stream projects such as "oct. 2011 photo stream").


Does anyone know what this is and how I can get rid of the duplication?



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

    Is anything listed at "Aperture→Preferences→Web→Accounts"?

  • shuttersp33d Level 4 Level 4 (1,540 points)

    Maybe take a look at the section for deleting your preferences file in Troubleshooting Basics.

  • chicagopjp Calculating status...

    Thank you for finding and posting this.  I don't think I'm appreciating how to rectify the situation.  I've got the same problem you described, but I'm hoping to avoid taking all the steps you listed prior to quoting the manual. 

  • bmorebill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 3:12 AM (in response to chicagopjp)

    I have exactly the same issue, and really don't want to go through all the rigarmoreole of deletion and reinstallation of the program.  Has anyone found a more direct cure?


  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 3:23 AM (in response to bmorebill)

    The easiest way is to enable Photo  Stream, but to turn off the automatic import. Then Photo Stream has no need to import images into specific projects and to create those projects. But you will have to import from your Photostream by manually dragging the images that you want to import into some projects to import to.


    For me this works fine, since I do not want all images from the Photo Stream on all devices anyway.



  • bmorebill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 5:09 AM (in response to léonie)

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Jannem1970 Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2012 9:45 AM (in response to léonie)

    In addtition to this tip I would mention this. The returning (empty) folders are in fact the automated Photo Stream imports. To completely get rid of them AND still use the Auto-import feature, do the following:


    - turn off automatic import for Photo Stream;

    - identify 'the ghost'-projectfolders, select and delete them;

    - close Aperture (this saves the current setting and condition of your library);

    - open Aperture again;

    - turn on automatic import for Photo Stream.


    After this the 'ghost'-folders did not return and my project-/folder structure remained clean. Hope this helps.



  • P Diddy Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to Jannem1970)

    Jannem1970 - this issue has bugged me for months.  The ghost projects/folders also cause issues with my iTunes sync too.  I've tried your solution and it seems to have cured the issue.  Many thanks for taking the time to post the solution!

  • dac72 Calculating status...
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    Mar 11, 2013 2:47 PM (in response to Jannem1970)

    @Jannem1970 - THANK YOU!!!  This was bugging me for such a long time, and not easy to find a resolution.  Thanks for your contribution.

  • jimimac 60 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to Jannem1970)

    Hi, your solution worked for me. This was the only annoyance I had with Aperture.


    Many thanks!

  • ajhard Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2013 4:29 AM (in response to Jannem1970)

    I'm sure I am going to look really stupid here...I think I have the same problem, but I don't understand what to do to solve it...!


    When I open Aperture it creates 2 projects - one called Aug 2013 Photo Stream and one called Sep 2013 Photo Stream.  Each with nothing in it.  I delete them and then next time I open it they come back.


    What exactly do I need to do?  I don't think I have any other folders with the same names...





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