5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2007 10:16 AM by tidysteve
John Williams6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have been spending the last 3 days migrating from iPhoto to Aperture. I left the 15k photos I had in the iPhoto Library and have referenced them via Aperture. I have spent multiple hours organizing the Projects and Folders in Aperture so I finally have a hierarchy that makes sense. Here are my questions:
1) Should I have moved the Library from iPhoto to Aperture? What are the pro's/cons to that move? I left them in iPhoto because my wife likes that application and I want to make sure she can easily view photos, but will move them to Aperture if it resolves question #2.
2) How do I make sure that if my system crashes I do not have to reorganize all the Projects and Folders again? I back up my iPhoto Library, but how do I make sure my hierarchy is not lost? Will simply backing up the Aperture Library cover me, or do I need to do something else to make sure I do not need to go through this again?
  • 1. Re: Aperture backup question
    tidysteve Level 4 Level 4 (2,975 points)
    as far as backup ...

    the built in vault is great for back up but only works on a managed system with aperture ...

    what you will need to do is to get an additional external drive ... and a copy of superduper, or carboncopycloner, or retrospect ...

    anyone of those three will handle the backups, plus allow you to schedule them so you can, "set it, and forget it" ...

    you will also want to backup the aperture library file as it contains all the "directions" for image adjustment ...
  • 2. Re: Aperture backup question
    Russell Menko1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    As I understand it, iPhoto now saves all of its photos in a Package, instead of individual photos. That means that, if you add a photo or two (or more), when you do a backup, the backup software will consider the entire library to have changed, and then will back up this single large Package file. I don't believe that is the case if you store the photos in Aperture. that seems to be a big "con" for using iPhoto ...
  • 3. Re: Aperture backup question
    jrg_uk Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)
    Well, SuperDuper definitely doesn't treat a bundle/package file as one big file.

    Nor will anything operating at the "Unix" level.
  • 4. Re: Aperture backup question
    John Williams6 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "you will also want to backup the aperture library file as it contains all the "directions" for image adjustment ..."

    Does this mean that it will also back up the "structure/hierarchy" even if the photos are in the iPhoto library? I am terrified of losing all the organizational work I have been doing. I am backing up the Aperture Library as part of my back up, but nto sure if it is actually protecting the hierachy since the photos are not in it.

    Is SuperDuper that much better than the Apple "Backup" program?
  • 5. Re: Aperture backup question
    tidysteve Level 4 Level 4 (2,975 points)
    find your aperture library package and right-click on it "show package contents" ...

    you should see your hierarchy, along with small files to point to master, thumbs, etc, etc ...

    if your library package gets backed up you are covered from that aspect ...

    and yes, imho, superduper is that much better ...