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Should I Uninstall Aperture and iPhoto? warning-long and complicated!

1991 Views 39 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2013 12:44 PM by 1macprincess! RSS
  • CorkyO2 Level 4 Level 4 (1,290 points)

    Are the referenced images i have now, not jpegs, and of a low resolution? i didn't realize they weren't jpegs. what file type would they typically be?

    In a referenced library, you store your original images outside the library on disk. These originals can be RAW, TIFF, PSD, PNG or JPEG.


    When you import images into Aperture using the referenced library scheme, Aperture makes an alias (or reference) in the database pointing toward the original files where they reside at that time (folders on internal hard drive, folders on external hard drive, or in some cases an iPhoto library).


    Typically, during the import process, Aperture creates a preview (viewable image) in the Aperture library which you then see inside the Aperture interface. These preview images are all JPEG files with whatever resolution you have set in the Aperture preferences > Preview settings. These are always created when you apply any adjustments to said images inside the Aperture interface.


    When you drag images out of the Aperture interface browser area, you will be basically copying those preview JPEG files out of Aperture.


    Note - Aperture also uses what are called thumbnail images which are also JPEG files (used for the smaller image instances inside the Aperture interface). In some cases, when you drag an image out of Aperture, you may end up with a thumbnail sized JPEG instead of a preview sized image if Aperture never made an actual preview for that image for some reason. These will be smaller in resolution (pixel dimensions) than a preview JPEG.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,365 points)

    Some photos are blank so I assume I deleted originals and perhaps copies exist somewhere? Phew... Hope to figure this out!

    Can it be, that some of the iPhoto events you imported have already been imported as referenced in iPhoto? If you accidentally unchecked "Importing: Copy items into the iPhoto Library" when you imported your photos to iPhoto, they will have been imported as referenced and not as managed, and they will stay referenced, when importing the iPhoto library into Aperture. If the image files, that are referenced by iPhoto, are no longer available, the images will show as blank (offline or missing) in Aperture.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,365 points)

    Sorry, i am confused..when the photos in question were imported, i only had iphoto to work with. no aperture on my system. did you mean when i imported them into aperture?

    No, I meant when you imported the photos into iPhoto. iPhoto also has the option to import referenced or managed. The problem is, this not documented very well, and usually people are accidentally importing as referenced, not because they intentionally want to have a referenced iPhoto Library.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,365 points)

    Leonie-will the files I then import from the desktop be of an even lower resolution than prior to dragging them out, or is the purpose to have the 1955 images then be originals to have an all original aperture library to work with? Hope I'm making sense! thank u!


    What I meant is - turn the versions you are dragging from the browser into new originals by importing them. When reimported as new originals, they will have exactly the quality you see after dragging them to your Desktop.


    And yes, that should give you an "All Managed" library, provided you import with the "Store files" opton set to "In the Aperture Library".


    Good Luck



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