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Aperture Application version and Library version differ

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pyry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 10, 2013 1:56 AM


After a crash I'm trying to get things to work again. How do I solve the problem when my aperture application version is 3.4.5 and the library version is 3.4.3.

Naturally they do not find each other. Is there something I can do.

Please advice,


  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,440 points)
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    Sep 10, 2013 2:28 AM (in response to pyry)


    Aperture stores the location of your Aperture library in its preferences file in your user library in the home folder. If you amde a clean install after the crash (did you?), then Aperture will look for a library in the Pictures folder.

    If your Aperture library is somewhere else, you should be able to point Aperture to its location by double clicking the library to open it in Aperture. Then Aperture should automatically upgrade the library to version 3.4.5.


    Or launch Aperture with the options ⌥-key held down, to bring up the library chooser panel.

    Doesn't this work? If not, where is your library located? How is the drive formatted? Are there any error messages?




  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,215 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 10:22 AM (in response to pyry)

    You can try to repair or rebuild the library by holding down command and option when you launch Aperture.


    It's possible that the library is kaput and cannot be repaired.  If your drive crashed and you got data recovery, the chances that 100% of the library are sufficiently good to open aren't that great.


    This is why you should have a proper backup strategy, and test it.  That a simple HD crash put you in this situation is not good.  Hard drives crash a lot.

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,215 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 1:47 PM (in response to pyry)

    Excellent, glad to hear that worked!


    Now... BACK IT UP!  Time Machine and an Aperture Vault recommended


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