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Where Are My Missing Master Images?

1369 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2012 2:04 PM by joeholmes RSS
joeholmes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 22, 2012 6:43 AM

I keep my Aperture Library as a "managed" library rather than "referenced, so every master image is kept inside the Aperture Library icon.

 

Today I decided to look inside my Aperture Library (by selecting Show Package Contents), and I can only find master images from the past five years. The "Master" folder contains folders for projects I've titled 2012, 2011, and back to 2008. None of the earlier images that I keep in Aperture, 2007 through 2003, appear in the "Master" folder in the Aperture Library, and there are no folders for 2007 and earlier.

 

That is, if I look in Aperture Library -> Master -> I see folders for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. But that's it!

 

There are also no folders inside Preview for those earlier years, or inside Thumbnails.

 

And yet...

 

And yet when I'm in the Aperture application, I can Export any of the images, all the way back to 2003. So the master images are obviously available to Aperture somewhere. They exist. And I checked -- those earlier missing images not Referenced, they're Managed, just like the whole library.

 

So where are they??

 

I dug through other folders inside the Aperture Library package but didn't find a thing.

 

Help!

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  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 7:03 AM (in response to joeholmes)

    The masters in a managed library are stored by import date not creation date.

     

    So if you took a picture in 2001 but import it into Aperture today the master will be in the 2012 folder.

     

    Message was edited by: Frank Caggiano - fix typo

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 7:05 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    Anticipating the next question:

     

    OP:  why does it matter?  what problem are trying to solve?  (Note that the Finder itself is just another logical index -- knowing where in Finder your files are tells you very little about where the data is except what drive and volume it is on.)

  • SierraDragon Level 4 Level 4 (2,665 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to joeholmes)

    joeholmes wrote:

     

    I keep my Aperture Library as a "managed" library rather than "referenced, so every master image is kept inside the Aperture Library icon.

     

    Not really. The images are all over the drive that the Library lives on. Aperture just points to them as if the Library was a bucket containing the (managed) Masters, but it does not physically do that.

     

    -Allen

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 1:43 PM (in response to joeholmes)

    Strange, I'm not aware of a change in the way Aperture storees the masters. I just looked in one of my libraries that I updated to 3.3 and it still appears to be doing it the way I described.

     

    When were those imported and were they imported from a camera or from the file system?

     

    Also when did you start using Aperture (any version)?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 1:51 PM (in response to joeholmes)

    But I'm digging around inside the package and still puzzled -- images inside the folder Aperture Library.aplibrary -> Masters -> 2009 -> 06 -> 14 -> 20090614-214439/ were indeed shot on June 14, 2009. So it appears that those various level folder names reflect image creation date, not the import date.

     

    Joe,

    these various level folder names reflect what Aperture thinks are the import dates.

     

    The "Import Session" is one of the Aperture specific Metadata tags. You can display it in the Info/Metadata pane of the Inspector Panel, if you add it to one of the presets, and then you'll know, where to search, if you absolutely must to sleep well .

     

    You can also use this tag to search or to define a smart album. For example, the image below has been captured in 2003, but was imported in 2010, and will be found in a 2010 folder.

     

    import sees.png

     

    Regards

    Léonie

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 2.4 GHz I.Core i7, 16GB RAM, 500GB
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,205 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 2:01 PM (in response to joeholmes)

    They're easy to find.  Once you're in the package, do a spotlight search (in the Finder search box) for kind:image and you should see all the images in the spotlight window.

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