I have had nothing but problems with Aperture since buying it.
It constantly crashed my MacBookPro and after sending info thru to Apple, I was given a full refund. I love Apple and all of their products I've used except this one.
The problem I am now faced with is getting all my photos out of Aperture and back to iPhoto. When I try to open my Aperture library a pop-up appears stating "There was an error opening your Aperture library" My only option is to press the "close" button on the pop-up window.
I want to extract all my photos from Aperture and keep them in iPhoto so I can get Aperture off my MBP once and for all.
I'm not certain it's of any importance, but I have Aperture on an external drive.
What is the "show package contents" command?
The Aperture library is a set of folders, combined into a package. You open it by ctrl-clicking the package icon in the Finder, then selecting "Show Package Contents" from the pop-up menu.
If I copy out the masters folder, will I be left with my original unedited photos? I've spent so time and energy on these and hope I'm not left back at square one.
Yes, the Masters-Folder contains the original, imported Masters folder. Your edited versions only exist in a state of limbo - Aperture creates them only when you export them from Aperture. In the library only the instructions on how to create the versions from the master images are stored.
That is exactly why I suggested to try to repair the Aperture library in my previous post. Only Aperture can create youe edited versions from the master image files.
I don't quite understand "drill down into [masters] folder"
Corky02 meant - Ithink - to open the Master image folder and to browse it in the Finder by openeing the subfolders until you reach the indiviual master image files.
The Masters Folder stores the images by import date and the folders are named by year -month -day of import.
Ask back, if you need more information.
P.S. Do you have a recent backup of your Aperture Library? Then you would only have to recreate your most recent edits.