4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2012 3:17 AM by Kirby Krieger
ring_0 Level 1 (25 points)

Have a main Mac and (very soon) a MacBook.


I plan on copying the pictures from the main to the book,  then work on the book (no new pics, just keywords and adjustments).


At the end of the day, I'd like to sync the book with the main, so that the main gets updated with the keywords and adjustments added to the book, ie the main's Aperture library gets updated from the book's Aperture library.


What is the easier way to achieve this? I don't mind scripting if necessary.


(there are some answers that are quite old... just hope  there is new info in this department)

iOS 5
  • léonie Level 10 (85,135 points)

    Sorry to have to disappoint you: Aperture 3.3.1 still does not sync libraries.


    But, if I understand you correctly, in your case the "merge" should suffice; it will work, when you only change one library:

    • When you are done with editing on your MacBook, export the changed projects as a new Library: File > Export > Project/Folder as Library.
    • Import this library into your main library; use the "merge" option, not the "add" option.
    • When prompted how to resolve conflicts, select the imported library; this way the edited images from the MacBook will replace the older versions on your main Mac.


    That is what I use when I am travelling with my MBP and need to get the changes back into the main library on the iMac when I return.



    The prompt when importing the library "Leuchttuerme"


    and the prompt how to resolve conflicts:





  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    One tiny addition    which, if I understand correctly, will exactly fit the OP's desired workflow.  No need to export from the "mini-Library".  From the main Library, create the mini-Library by exporting just the Projects which contain the Images to be worked on (since you are going to be making adjustments as well as changing metadata, make sure to check "Copy Originals into exported Library"); then after work on the the Images in the mini-Library is done, import & merge the entire mini-Library into the main Library.  (And then delete the mini-Library on laptop, if a copy was left there.)


    OP: I'd make the faster of the two machines my base for Aperture.

  • léonie Level 10 (85,135 points)

    Good thinking, Kirby!


    OP: I'd make the faster of the two machines my base for Aperture.

    The fastest drive or the fastest procecessor/ graphics card? May be tricky to decide

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Ja.  But if the OP is getting a _new_ laptop (all that was specified is "MacBook"), it is likely to have both the faster drive and the faster CPU/GPU.  But -- from my experience -- I'd go with the faster CPU/GPU.