First of all, thank you for taking time to reply.
There are no web accounts listed. However, I tried turning off photo stream, and that stopped the duplication immediately. The annoying thing now, however, is that if I want to use photo stream, I will have to put up with empty duplicate folders... Any tips or tricks to avoid this?
I tried deleting my preferences without luck. I have however found out that it must be photo stream which is creating this mess. I know now (after checking iPhoto library) that I had at least two projects in iPhoto with the same name. When I imported in to Aperture, it started uploading to photo stream immediately. When I noticed that I had some folders with the same name, I deleted the duplicates. They were however downloaded again from photo stream (as empty projects) when I reopened Aperture, and has done that every time since as long as photo stream is enabled. I believe that photo stream somehow has stored those projects with the project-name, and download those when they are not present in the library. This is just a theory though.
I ended up doing the following:
- Deleted the whole library, including prefs
- Un-installed Aperture (using AppCleaner)
- Opened iPhoto and merged the two (or perhaps four) projects/events with same name. I also deleted photo stream projects/events
- Reset photo stream (I don't lose any photos as they are on my iPhone cam roll or uploaded from an existing project)
- Re-installed Aperture and enabled photo stream before any photos were imported. Deselected automatic uploading and importing.
- Imported iPhoto library once again...
As for now this has worked fine. Perhaps a bit overkill, but it seems to work. I am however uncertain of what happens if I turn on automatic importing of photo stream...
I think I found the answer to my problem in the Aperture 3 User manual:
"Note: When pushing photos to iPhoto or Aperture, Photo Stream downloads photos to iPhoto Events and Aperture projects that have universally unique identifiers (UUIDs) matching those of the photos’ original Events or projects. If you manually create iPhoto Events or Aperture projects with the same names as Events or projects in other libraries, Photo Stream does not recognize those Events or projects as matches. To create matching Events or projects, you must copy them from one library and merge them with the other".
The easiest way is to enable Photo Stream, but to turn off the automatic import. Then Photo Stream has no need to import images into specific projects and to create those projects. But you will have to import from your Photostream by manually dragging the images that you want to import into some projects to import to.
For me this works fine, since I do not want all images from the Photo Stream on all devices anyway.
In addtition to this tip I would mention this. The returning (empty) folders are in fact the automated Photo Stream imports. To completely get rid of them AND still use the Auto-import feature, do the following:
- turn off automatic import for Photo Stream;
- identify 'the ghost'-projectfolders, select and delete them;
- close Aperture (this saves the current setting and condition of your library);
- open Aperture again;
- turn on automatic import for Photo Stream.
After this the 'ghost'-folders did not return and my project-/folder structure remained clean. Hope this helps.
I'm sure I am going to look really stupid here...I think I have the same problem, but I don't understand what to do to solve it...!
When I open Aperture it creates 2 projects - one called Aug 2013 Photo Stream and one called Sep 2013 Photo Stream. Each with nothing in it. I delete them and then next time I open it they come back.
What exactly do I need to do? I don't think I have any other folders with the same names...