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428 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2013 6:01 AM by Kflem RSS
Kflem Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 14, 2013 1:08 PM

I am not sure I understand why I cannot scan to Aperture directly.  I am

using and Epson Stylus NX515 and my scan software gives me a choice

for aperture.  The only issue I am seeing is that I get a duplicate on my desktop

as well as in my aperture file.


Can someone explain what is happening?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,895 points)
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    Jul 14, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to Kflem)

    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.

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Jul 14, 2013 5:35 PM (in response to Kflem)

    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.

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 5:27 AM (in response to Kflem)

    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.

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 5:41 AM (in response to Kflem)

    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.

  • phosgraphis Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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    Jul 15, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to Kflem)

    In additon to the Aperture manual (which isn't bad as manuals go) there's a lot of info here in the 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.


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