4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2010 10:25 AM by Longwalker
Longwalker Level 1 (5 points)
QUESTION: How do you import your iPhoto library such that the Titles you've applied in iPhoto become the Version Names in Aperture?

DETAILS: Upon import, Aperture ignores my custom iPhoto Titles ("Lunch at Summit", for example) and replaces them with the original file name (DSCF2966, for example). I hate looking at a screen full of DSCxxxxx names. Worse, I've spent a lot of time titling my pictures in iPhoto. I don't want to lose that work.

BACKGROUND: In iPhoto, I typically Batch Change a just-imported set of photos, setting the Title to nothing. Then I give meaningful names to pictures that I care about titling. This way, I reduce visual clutter on the photo display; any title text I see is there because I typed it in. When I try this trick in Aperture, it displays "<untitled>" for any pictures I remove the camera's DSCxxxxx from.

QUESTION 2: Is it a bad idea to get rid of the camera DSCxxxx Version Names?

I've experimented with the Import settings, searched these forums, the web, and the Aperture help files, to no avail.

David Long

Macbook Pro (15" unibody), Mac OS X (10.6.2), Aperture 3.0.1
  • Longwalker Level 1 (5 points)
    No one else having this problem?

    I spent years typing in Titles for my pictures in iPhoto, but when I import my iPhoto library to Aperture 3 it leaves those Titles behind and reverts to the original Camera filenames, such as DSCF1982034.

    Surely there are other people who assigned titles to their iPhoto pictures. Did they import for you when you switched to Aperture 3?
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)
    Did you try setting the iPhoto import to "Version Name = Version Name" instead of the default "Version Name = Master File Name"?

    I use the naming convention
    which has several advantages.

    If you want custom names, I suggest using the "Title" metadata field, and editing your Browser and your Viewer metadata settings to show you the information you want to see. ("View>>Metadata Display>>Customize".) Note that there are separate metadata displays for the Viewer and the Browser, and that there are two sets for the Browser (one for Filmstrip and Grid modes, and another for List mode) and that each set contains an Expanded and a Basic view setting, for a total of six different metadata view settings. You can show Title and nothing else if you'd like.
  • Longwalker Level 1 (5 points)
    Kirby, thanks for your helpful response. I just experimented with the Version Name field in the iPhoto import dialog and found that setting Version Name to Version Name in the

    File-->Import-->iPhoto Library...

    import dialog still does not preserve the Titles from iPhoto.

    However, using

    File-->Import-->Show iPhoto Browser...

    DOES preserve the iPhoto Titles. Unfortunately, this method loses much of the Places information in the iPhoto library. I describe which Places info gets lost in this forum post:


    So, this leaves us with a conundrum:
    -If we use the "Show iPhoto Browser..." method to import, we retain our Titles but lose our Faces and Places data.
    -If we use the "Import-->iPhoto Library..." method, we retain [most of] our Places and Faces data, but completely lose our Titles from iPhoto.

    Either way, we lose some of the metadata work we put into our iPhoto library.

    Anybody know a solution to this problem?

  • Longwalker Level 1 (5 points)
    Well, turns out Aperture CAN import iPhoto's photo Titles. I don't know why I failed to figure this out earlier while playing with the iPhoto Import options, but it works fine if you use

    File-->Import-->iPhoto Library...

    and then set

    Version Name: Master File Name

    in the import settings dialog prior to clicking on the "Import" button.

    This method not only preserves the iPhoto Titles, it also imports iPhoto's Places and Faces metadata.