You can't scan directly to Aperture because it's not a scanning application.
It sounds like your scan software may have an add-on or script that allows attempts to automate the process by doing the import for you.
For help with that software you need to ask the makers of it.
What scanning software are you using?
If you use Image Capture, it scans directly to Aperture without any "duplicates" at least as far as I can tell.
Oops, take that back, It looks like image capture does place a file in the Pictures folder as well as a managed file in Aperture. Not sure why, but it isn't a big deal since the duplicate in can easily be deleted without affecting the managed file imported into Aperture.
Will follow up with any details if any are to be found.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 15, 2013 4:49 AM (in response to phosgraphis)
I aM going to settings on my iMac, choosing
Print/scan, opening the s scanner from that
And it give me an option to store in aperture.
When I can, it goes into an untitled project
In Aperture and I rename the files as I want.
Your approach is actually using Image Capture as well. It looks like IC will put a copy of the scanned image into the folder that was last checked on the "Scan to:" drop-down. Not very clever, and a bit of a nuisance. But again, not a problem...Aperture treats the scanned image as managed, so you can delete the copy.
How are you using Aperture for your project...managed or referenced? If referenced, then you could eliminate the duplication thing by scanning to a folder, then importing the results into Aperture as referenced files. If you have lots of images, Aperture's library can get bloated when using managed.
Scanners work pretty well for old photos, so not much in the way of a better solution there. And Aperture will give you lots of options for managing your genealogy assets.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 15, 2013 5:49 AM (in response to phosgraphis)
I am using managed. Referenced and managed are confusing to me . I am fairly new with actually using Aperture even though I have had it awhile. So you think if I scan to a folds, then import into Aperture, it would be better... I have multiple libraries so that my is separate from other photos and my husband's genealogy family. I still have many photos to go, so I want to get myself in the best position for future use now. Is the new lightroom better maybe? I am hearing a lot about it and not seeing much activity in Aperture.
In additon to the Aperture manual (which isn't bad as manuals go) there's a lot of info here in the forum...do a search for "Managed vs. Referenced" to get started.
My short answer regarding using Lightroom...
IMO Aperture will provide you with much better management of your collections, and will be easier to learn and use. LR can get pretty unwieldy at some things, and it's strengths are in RAW image processing, not management of your assets. As far as Aperture activity, many believe that symptom is temporary until later this year.