Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 3:36 PM (in response to William Porter)
Plan B is the safer solution.
Plan A is tempting, but afaik, syncin Aperture libraries in Dropbox is not yet supported. Dropbox can sync files, but syncing the Aperture library package can break the links between edited versions and original images. This may change soon. The Beta version of Dropbox promises to be able to sync iPhoto libraries, so it may be available for Aperture libraries soon, see: http://petapixel.com/2013/06/08/dropbox-beta-now-lets-mac-users-import-iphoto-li braries-and-share-screenshots/
Do you have the same user name on both your macs? If not, set the "ignore Ownership on this volume" flag for the drive you are using to store your exported library.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 3:55 PM (in response to léonie)
Thank you for the quick reply!
I should have mentioned that all the Aperture master library on my iMac uses only referenced files, not managed files. Seems to me that, if I were very careful, Dropbox ought to work.
But I appreciate your thoughts and I'm going with plan B for the moment. Thanks for the tip about ownership, too. Apparently that flag was already set as you advise on the portable drive. I just checked it, and I hadn't done that on purpose earlier. Still good to know about.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 4:05 PM (in response to léonie)
By the way, are there any other tips about working with "satellite" libraries that you hope later to merge into the mothership? For example, should I avoid renaming projects or files in the satellite library?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 6:17 PM (in response to William Porter)
Also keep in mind that Time Machine's backup's are incremental and not archival. What this means is that it is possible (actually almost certain) that if you remove a file from the disk being backed up by TM eventually that file will also be removed from TM.
As a minimum you should be backing up your originals to a separate drive apart from the TM backup.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 9:08 PM (in response to William Porter)
Sheesh — not quite familiar with the way the forum works here. Want to thank both of you for your helpful answers. Meant to indicate that Léonie's answer was both help AND answered my question. Appears that I clicked something that claims that I answered my own question (does that even make sense?) and I can't figure out how to correct that.
Anyway, thank you very much for the help. I have the files on the external drive now and things seem to be working okay.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2013 11:46 PM (in response to William Porter)
Appears that I clicked something that claims that I answered my own question (does that even make sense?) and I can't figure out how to correct that.
You are welcome, Will.
Don't worry about the green mark - thank you for the golden star. There seems to be a bug in the Forum Software. When you click the "Solved" or "Helpful" buttons directly after writing an answer while your answer is still uploading, your own answer might be marked as solved.
And there is no way for you to change that. I'll add your answer to my collection of bug reports for the community hosts.