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Unified library resulted in duplicate events and missing photos

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OK, here's the full backstory:

 

Was running Aperture 3.2 on an MBP 1.1 (circa 2007) and Snow Leopard. Machine has 6 GB RAM and 500 GB disk. Used iPhoto until 2009 when I first loaded Aperture 3.0.2. Once I started using Aperture I never used iPhoto again and didn't need to.

 

I upgraded OS 10.6.8 to 10.9 and Aperture to 3.5, but the machine slowed to a crawl. After 7 years it was time for a hardware upgrade anyway, so I recently upgraded to the latest and greatest MBP with 16GB and 1TB. Upgrade from Time Machine backup went smooth as glass. Really effortless.

 

I wanted to use a Shutterfly plug in which doesn't exist for Aperture, but does exist for iPhoto. So, I clicked on iPhoto on the new MBP and it said it needed to upgrade my library.

 

Now, when I look back in my Aperture/iPhoto unified library, I have duplicate events/projects and missing photos from the years 2010, 2009, etc.

 

What's the best way to kill the current iPhoto library, restore my Aperture library, and basically put Humpty Dumpty back together again?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.1), 16 GB - 1 TB
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    So, I clicked on iPhoto on the new MBP and it said it needed to upgrade my library.

    It is not quite clear, what exactly happened.

    • You have probably iPhoto 9.5.1 on your new MBP, since it is MacOS X 10.9, is that correct?
    • But how did iPhoto find your Aperture Library to update, if you launched it by clicking the iPhoto application icon? It should have looked for a library "iPhoto Library" in the "Pictures" folder, not opened an Aperture library. How did you direct it to the current Aperture library?

      Can it be, that iPhoto opened an older iPhoto library, that you still had in your Pictures folder, and not your Aperture library at all? That would explain the missing photos and the need for upgrading.

      Then your Aperture library should still be untouched.

     

    To be able to see how your library corruption can be undone, we need to know exactly, how you upgraded/imported/converted.

     

    Now, when I look back in my Aperture/iPhoto unified library, I have duplicate events/projects and missing photos from the years 2010, 2009, etc.

    Is that what you are seeing in iPhoto or in Aperture? Can Aperture still open the converted/upgraded library?

    What's the best way to kill the current iPhoto library, restore my Aperture library, and basically put Humpty Dumpty back together again?

    Without knowing more, the easiest way would be to restore your Aperture library from your backup or your old Mac.  Post back, please with details.

     

    BTW, if you have both - iPhoto 9.5.1 and Aperture 3.5.1, there should simply be no need for iPhoto to upgrade the library, when you want to open an Aperture library in iPhoto.

    • In Aperture use the command "File > Open Library in iPhoto"
    • In iPhoto use the command "File > Open Library in Aperture"

    This will switch seamlessly between the two applications back and forth.

     

    If iPhoto 9.5.1 has tried to upgrade an Aperture 3.5.1 library, then either the wrong library has been opened  or something is very wrong.

     

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    Next I will boot that old MBP to Snow Leopard and see if the older Aperture library does not have the issues.

    Good luck with that.

     

    Used iPhoto until 2009 when I first loaded Aperture 3.0.2. Once I started using Aperture I never used iPhoto again and didn't need to.

    If you imported your iPhoto Libraries before the unified library was introduced with Aperture 3.3, that might explain duplicates. The earlier versions of aperture could not import iPhoto libraries well, because masters and originals could not properly be paired.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
    My Aperture library also contains "entries" for iphoto library events and iphoto library (1) events where the duplicates are located.

     

    If you are seeing  iPhoto library events twice as different projects, you may have either imported the library twice, or imported originals and thumbnails. Check your duplicates for the resolution of the images, so that you do not accidentally delete the high quality version of apparent dupilicates.

     

     

    What I want to do is reconcile the iphoto storage scheme (numbered folders by year) with the Aperture scheme (named folders in the root of Pictures).

     

    So your iPhoto imports are managed in the Aperture library and your recent imports are referenced?

    You can relocate the projects imported from iPhoto by selecting the projects and using the command "File > Relocate Originals". Then select a folder in your "Pictures" folder for them.

    I would however wait with moving originals around, until you have identified the duplicate projects and deleted redundant images.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)

    Should I delete the new iPhoto library or, go into iPhoto and make a default new iPhoto library so when I delete duplicates in Aperture I can be sure iPhoto will not try to put them back?

    I would not delete any libraries, until you have one consolidated library, that you are satisfied with, unless you are running out of disk space. If you have multiple libraries (iPhoto or Aperture) that are sharing the same referenced original files, things can get messy.

     

    You can create a new, empty iPhoto library (call it something like "iPhoto Dummie.photolibrary"), so iPhoto will use that one, without deleting the current library.

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