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Aperture Photos Missing, in Library Folder?

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Oct 2, 2013 5:19 PM

I just noticed that a few projects in my Aperture library are empy.  When I navigate to them via the sidebar they show up blank.  I found the missing photos in the Aperture Library manually, via 'Show Package Contents" and looking through all of the dated folders.  I can manually reconnect them, but I have several hundred projects, and was wondering if there is a better way to solve this problem.  I have already tried: Repair Permissions, Repair Database, and Rebuild Database.  Any suggestions?

 

Thanks!

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  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Oct 2, 2013 8:46 PM (in response to MacRick)

    Could you please elaborate a bit? What is your Aperture version? Is Mac OS X (10.5.2) as in your signature still correct? Are your images raw or jpegs?

    I just noticed that a few projects in my Aperture library are empy.  When I navigate to them via the sidebar they show up blank.

    Do you mean, that the projects are showing with zero images inside, or are they showing with blank images, but black, blank thumbnails and warning badge overlays?

    I found the missing photos in the Aperture Library manually, via 'Show Package Contents" and looking through all of the dated folders.

    Good! Since you found the originals inside the package in the "Masters" folder, I assume, your Aperture library is managed, but then I do not understand, what you mean by "manually reconnect". Reconnecting can only be done with referenced originals outside the library.

     

    I have already tried: Repair Permissions, Repair Database, and Rebuild Database.  Any suggestions?

    If your empty prjects are showing with zero images, have you checked thesearch fields, if they are cleared and no filters set? Did the "Repair" produce a "Recovered" project?

    If you are seeing blank thumbnails, have you tried to reprocess the raw?

     

    -- Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 3:09 AM (in response to MacRick)

    I then manually selected the photos I know to be missing that show up when I search specifically for them by their file name, and selected 'Show in Project.'  They appear to be hidding in the wrong project, further investigation shows that a number of photos have moved themselves into the wrong projects.

    Since the images are still in the Aperture library, don't reimport them - that will create a mess of duplicates.

     

    Try to move them to the empty  projects where they belong to, by dragging the projects in Projects view on top of each other to merge them. Or delete the empty projects and rename the wrong projects. Sorting the projects in "Projects" view by date

     

    I have never seen Aperture move images between projects on its own, and repairing the library will not undo this. Perhaps you accidentally dropped them into another project, when you meant to drag and add them to an album.

    I attempted to create a Smart Album that shows all photos with "Album Name - Empty" and nothing comes up.

    There is no way to create a smart album, that will find images that have been moved from a project to another. An empty album title does not say anything about the original project being empty.

     

    Since you have hundreds of projects to correct, it might be easier to restore the last version of your library from the backup and to start from there.  Only export all images, that you added after the last backup so you can add them again to your restored library.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Oct 3, 2013 5:08 AM (in response to MacRick)

    Sorry, that there is no easier way. Perhaps this would be a good moment to check, if you would like to redesign your Aperture library anyway, since you will be moving a lot of images around.

     

    I find myself redesigning my photolibrary every few years, so if you have any plans to that anyway, now would be the moment.

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