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Import iPhoto Title as Aperture Version Name?

5345 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2010 10:25 AM by Longwalker RSS
Longwalker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 6, 2010 12:29 PM
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.

Thanks!
David Long
Macbook Pro (15" unibody), Mac OS X (10.6.2), Aperture 3.0.1
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    Mar 16, 2010 5:54 PM (in response to Longwalker)
    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
    yyyy-mm-ddSessionName_Location_####of####OriginalNameFromCamera.ext
    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.
    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4 G / 500 G

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