if you click on the Import icon you'll find several settings on the right hand side of the screen. Be sure to select the desired folder under "Save files in...." In order to rename the files according to a pattern which fullfills your personal requirements select "Rename files" and choose one of the standard renaming patterns or - alternatively - create your own renaming pattern (there's a "customize" entry down in the dropdown list). Also be sure to check the "Rename Originals" option box! Otherwise the names will only be changed in APerture but not in the Finder.
Depending of what you prefer you may either select "Move files" or "Copy files" in the "Save files in.." section of the Import dialogue.
One last tipp: Try the procedure with a few dummy images first before you start with your 20,000+ collection, o.k.? I know that things may be weird if you miss to set the correct options...
I hope that works for you!
P.S.: As I don't have the English version of Aperture running (or more precisely the English locale on my system) it may be that the lables ofthe respective settings read slightly different.
Message was edited by: d-light
I am glad to hear that it starts to work for you
I have employed (and I still do) quiet a similar approach. In my case I simply used a "film no." as one part of the name and a counter that stands for the image within that film. Then I stored the renamed images in a folder with exactly that film no.
I know that some people recommend to also include some "image year-month-day" naming issue. But that's not a simple question to answer at 01.20 a.m. (CET)
My numbering sheme goes like this:
Photo Number (sequential from year to year)
Row Number in the sleeve
Photo Number in the Row
Actual Number ion the negative (as it sometimes differ from the row. Mainly for printing purpuses)
I did not keep track of the days as most of these were taken in Quebec National Parks during my vacations. I never imagined it would become such library.