5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2012 6:18 PM by ridgwaymountaineer
ridgwaymountaineer Level 1 (0 points)

I have 650 photos on my MacBook Pro in Aperture that I want to copy and import to my Aperture application on my iMac.  They are all in the same folder and include Masters and Versions.  I took them while on vacation and downloaded from my camera to my MacBook.  I made some adjustments, but now I want all the exact same info to be transferred/copied/exported to my iMac where I do my complete editing work on my big screen.  What is the easiest most efficient way to do this?  DVD, photo streaming, ?

macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhone, Apple TV, iMac, iPod
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,940 points)

    Aperture 3?


    Export the Project(s) as a Library (File -> Export... Export Project as New Library)


    Copy that to the other machine.


    There, import it


    File -> Import -> Library/Project.






  • ridgwaymountaineer Level 1 (0 points)

    So, do I export to a DVD, hard drive, or whatever?


    Thanks for your help!

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 (25,722 points)

    The only way to do this so that the adjustments an structure are preserved is to export as a library and then import that library into the Aperture library on the iMac.


    If all the images you want to move are under a single folder in the Aperture Library Inspector you can select that folder and then go to File->Export->Folder as new library...


    Once the operation is done copy the new library to the iMac and do File->Import->Library.


    The only thing you need to look out for is if the masters are referenced if they are there is an option in the export window telling Aperture to include the masters.



  • Mr Endo Level 4 (1,005 points)

    And yes, you export them to wherever you want, preferably somewhere which is accessible from both of your machines.  In general (especially if you have a home network), you should be able to do it without any external devices (like external hard drive or DVD).


    I have generally used my network (File sharing).  From the first computer, I export things to a shared location on the second computer (across the network), and then use a second computer to import from that (local) directory.  Obviously, you could also write from the first computer to that same computer, and then import across the network from the second computer, too.  Or, export and import locally, using Finder to copy things across the network in the middle.


    Since importing does modify your database, I tend to try to do those things locally.  That is why I would prefer to export across the network (The export is only reading your Aperture database, not writing to it.)


  • ridgwaymountaineer Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you! 


    I had not used this process in the past, but it was fast and easy. 


    Thanks again for taking the time to write a very complete reply.