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pdf into aperture?

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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 16, 2012 11:39 AM

i am trying to figure out how to organize my pdf's at the end of a move to mac from pc.


can i store pdf's in aperture? are there options for this? pros? cons?


i just noticed that if i brought in a 2 page pdf that i only see the first page in the project...



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), with 64 bit Win7 Parallels
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,220 points)
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    Oct 16, 2012 11:45 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Aperture isn't really a great PDF storage mechanism.  It will only ever display the first page of a PDF, because it's a photography application ;-)


    If you're on Mountain Lion, you may wish to consider using Preview and its iCloud integration to store your PDFs.

  • bobwild Level 4 Level 4 (1,510 points)
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    Oct 16, 2012 11:48 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Aperture is a Photo application. Put your PDFs in a folder in Finder.

  • Bruce Michel Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Apr 11, 2013 5:37 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Just as a note if this will help someone else with a similar issue.


    I want to keep some historical documents as multiple-page pdfs in Aperture just as an archive as there will also be lots of photos.  To me the ability to have just one managed archive is better and safer than the alternatives noted.  This does beg the question of how to look at all pages.  I did test importing and then exporting the original to a folder.  This works without loss of data.  As this is a managed library, I can also get to them by using Show Package Contents on the library file.  The issue there is first determining the import date and then drilling down within the Masters folder.   I will stick a one-page README pdf in the project to explain the options.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,830 points)
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    Apr 11, 2013 7:15 PM (in response to Bruce Michel)

    Not sure what you're trying to do but be aware this thread is wrong.


    You can import multiple page PDF;s into Aperture and have each page appear as a seperate image. Simply drag the PDF file onto the Aperture icon and it will make one image for each page.

  • Bruce Michel Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 8:50 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    Thanks.  I originally imported by drag and drop onto the project.  No dialog appeared and it swallowed the file.  The suggested method brings up a dialog box with the option of loading as JPEG as well as a note saying only the first page will show if kept as PDF.  I chose JPEG and set up a custom name with counter to keep the pages in order.  Works fine using 3.4.3. 


    My purpose is as noted: take advantage of the DAM capabilities of Aperture so as to be able to keep a single repository in a safe place. 


    I sent Apple feedback on this inconsistency which includes not being able to chose the destination project (minor issue).  Also asked them why can't they invoke Preview for a PDF similar to an external editor. 

  • Bruce Michel Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 9:22 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    I decided since the files are not that large to keep both the expanded JPEG pages and the PDF in Aperture.  Perhaps a later version (you could also send a suggestion) would invoke Preview. 


    I doubt if there is much equivalency between the metadata used by PDF and those for photo (Exif and IPTC).  My suggestion would be to create a separate Aperture library and experiment.  You could easily see if markups and annotations are accepted in the JPEG conversion.  But, I would always keep a copy as PDF unless sure that there is 100% equivalency. 


    If Aperture had never accepted PDF, I would have been OK with that.  But since it does, a bit more funcitonality would be appropriate.  PDF is an integral part of the OS with features such as print to PDF and lots of PDF tools in Automator. 


    Note that original PDFs in Aperture can be exported so the result has a folder structure similar to their organization within Aperture.  This would retain the needed structure if you had to use this capability to view all aspects of the PDFs. 

  • Bruce Michel Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 9:44 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    You might be better served with Adobe Elements Organizer.  I have a copy of Elements 9 and tried a brief experiment with importing one of my PDFs.  It accepted it and I could page through it.  Since PDF is from Adobe, this may be a better option for you than Aperture.  I long ago decided to go with Aperture and only use Elements as the occasional photo editor.  You might be able to get a trial copy (I think the latest version is 11). 

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,765 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 1:00 PM (in response to Bruce Michel)

    If you want to manage pdfs check out an app like devonThink. It'll import and index them, make a fully searchable database of them. Designed  for the job.



    No connection with them, just a customer.


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