7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2008 10:07 AM by Brian O'Reilly
HawaiianHaole Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am brand new to the application and have spent a ton of time googling various topics, but need some additional help. Seems easy enough, but I can't figure out how to do it...

I would like to move pics from one folder to another. I can drag files from one folder to another, but they still reside in the original folder as well. Is there a way to cut and paste or a similar function to accomplish this move?


iMac - Intel, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Sekoya Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)
    Dragging within Aperture? Brown or blue folders?
  • HawaiianHaole Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you drag from one folder to another, it simply copies them, right? It doesn't actually move them from my experience.
  • Ian Wood Level 5 Level 5 (4,350 points)
    You can't drag images into folders +at all+ in Aperture, only into Albums and other Projects.

    Sounds like you dragged them into an Album, which like a playlist in iTunes - it's just a collection, with the originals still being back in their Project.

  • parakon Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)
    Since you say you are brand new to Aperture I would suggest that the first thing you have to do regardig this is to learn the difference between blue folders, brown folders, albums and smart albums as well as projects.

    Understanding the difference you will learn that the only way to actually move images in Aperture is to move them between projects.

    Paul K
  • drfree Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Yes, you're right. Dragging a photo to an album merely puts a link to that version in the album. It doesn't move the master.

    What I want to know is how to move the master from one project to another.

    I recently migrated from a PC to a Mac, not only because I was fed up with horrible performance on my PC, but because I had come to understand from several Mac users that the Mac was easy. Well, if my experience with Aperture's Help, Tutorials and Manuals is any indication, that claim is the biggest farce since George Bush.

    1. The Help system can't even recognize what an Aperture Project is. It offers no links at all, except to menu items it doesn't explain or to uses of the word in other applications.

    2. The manual and the tutorials claim that you can move photos between projects, but neither offers any instructions or explanations of how to do so.

    3. As other writers have noted, neither dragging and dropping nor any menu item I can find accomplish the task.

    Don't tell me they can be moved! Tell me HOW!

  • Otis Fuentes Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Hey, HawaiianHaole, as a multidecade Mac user, let me tell you, Aperture is about the worst example of Mac-iness one could imagine. Ironic, as it's (of course) made by Apple. But it is so inflexible, and insists so vociferously on making the user learn its peculiar interface conventions it reminds me most of something out of that famous company in Redmond.

    Want your Projects in an order you choose? Sorry! Want to arrange your windows so you can see your list of chat buddies while you're working in Aperture? Nope, can't do it! Aging eyes have trouble reading tiny grey type on a grey background? Hey buddy, it was your choice to grow old, don't blame us!

    But all is not lost. Aperture has gotten considerably better of late (versions up to 2.0 were fundamentally unusable in many ways) and will hopefully continue to improve. (ie Maybe they'll fix the printing thing...)

    Please don't make Aperture the basis for your judgement of the Mac OS. Many long time Mac users are having as much trouble with Aperture as you. Mac OSX has significantly reduced customizability but at the benefit of much improved stability and indeed usability. Old school Mac users had to learn to accept this, which most did. You'll hear people talk about the "Way of the Steve". As irksome as Aperture can be, you'll actually have a better time of it if you adopt the Way of the Steve, and accept that you can't do things the way you might want to. This is imho antithetical to the original Mac many of us knew and loved, but it's the way things are today, so we mostly shut up and take it. You can fight with your software all day, or just accept that there are ways you have to adopt and adapt to them.

    Welcome to the Bright Side, hope your Mac experience improves.
  • Brian O'Reilly Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
    drfree wrote:

    "Well, if my experience with Aperture's Help, Tutorials and Manuals is any indication, that claim is the biggest farce since George Bush."



    Perhaps you didn't get to pages 168 & 169 of the English Language Aperture 2 manual

    Tells you all you need to know

    Hope this helps you an the others who need to know how to move images...