3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 18, 2010 8:27 AM by Flint_6
Flint_6 Level 1 Level 1

I like it when files are well organized on a harddisk. And I don't quite like Aperture's library, that it's organized by import date. Of course, it should not matter as long as Aperture keeps track of the files in its database. But I like Lightrooms way of organizing files a lot. If you rename files or move folders, it is reflected on the filesystem as well. Thus one can organize it's files from the tool itself. And should one need to access the raw file library, the file structure looks exactly as in the tool. Very neat.

Now I was playing around with the Batch Change tool. I renamed files and created my own patterns. As I wanted the Master Files to reflect this name on the harddisk, I checked "Apply to Master Files". Renaming worked fine.

Then I accidentally did it again. Not with a different naming scheme but with the same. So the files were being renamed to the name they already had. And then, Aperture created subfolders with the pictures' names and put the pictures in it. Renaming them to a different scheme just changes their names, but accidentally renaming files to the same name they already have always creates a subfolder in the Aperture library.

So in the end, you'll end up with:
-> Image01.jpg (folder)
--> Image01.jpg (folder)
---> Image01.jpg (folder)
----> Image01.jpg (actual picture file after 3 renamings)

Which is super ugly. I haven't found a way moving files or "cleaning" the database so files get moved to a clean position within the library. The library just doesn't care.

Does anybody know of a trick to clean up this mess (magic consolidate and rebuild library button that moves files to it's proper place?) or is the library just off limits and shouldn't be touched? I find this kind of ugly, having so many subfolders there. It's totally unnecessary. I like iTunes' feature to manage the music library. If I rename a song in iTunes, the file itself is also renamed.


Message was edited by: Flint_6

27" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Aperture 3
  • Matthew Bergsma Level 3 Level 3
    You might have had something set in the "subfolder" dropdown.

    Use "File->Relocate Masters" and set the subfolder structure you want.
  • futureman Level 1 Level 1
    I noticed this phenomena as well using the new Aperture 3 software.

    Fairly new to Aperture, but noticed this issue when trying to come up
    with a consistent file naming approach during successive imports of files.

    I don't like the idea of many files named the same thing but residing in
    different folders.

    It would seem useful to have a database cleanup mechanism that reorganizes
    the files/folder hierarchy. Over time, this could get very messy as you add more images.

    I suppose, its not a good idea to mess around with the DB but it would be nice
    to understand how it works.

    The Relocate Masters option does not seem to work as you can't seem to point it to a folder inside the Aperture DB.
  • Flint_6 Level 1 Level 1
    Exactly, you can't relocate as the master files are inside the Aperture 3 library. So this function cannot be used. After a few renaming operations the library ends up being a mess.

    A "move and optimize" database that would include moving master files to proper file locations would be nice. Or if this didn't happen in the first place.