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Blackbelly Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 30, 2012 3:06 PM

How do I either export my iPhoto library into Aperture or import it from iPhoto. I suspect I have to export it to a folder on my desktop. Maybe someone knows a one-step process?

intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,220 points)
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    Jun 30, 2012 7:37 PM (in response to Blackbelly)

    Upgrade to iPhoto 9.3 and Aperture 3.3 and they will use the exact same library.  No import necessary.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jul 1, 2012 12:18 AM (in response to Blackbelly)


    if you are using Aperture 3.3, then your MacOS version is 10.7.4, right? Your signature says 10.5.1.


    Make sure your Aperture version has been upgraded to 3.3.1, before you do anything with your libraries - 3.3.1 contains an important bug fix for upgrading libraries.


    I only want to keep its pictures by moving them into Apt. You say if I upgrade they will automatically be in Apt?

    Upgrading iPhoto to version 9.3. is really worth it, i.e. if you are running out of disk space. Up to iPhoto version 9.1 you had to import two images for each edited iPhoto image, when you imported from iPhoto to Aperture. Now you will only import the original image file plus the description how to create the version from the original master and thus save a lot of space.


    iPhoto 9.3 and Aperture 3.3.1 use a unified library format; each application can open and edit each others libraries. To use an iPhoto library in Aperture you will not necessarily have to import it as William Lloyd pointed out. Open each of the iPhoto Libraries in iPhoto 9.3 once and convert it to the new format - iPhoto will prompt you before starting the upgrade, when you open the library.

    After that Aperture can open the iPhoto Library. If you are happy with the old libraries being readable by Aperture, you could just leave it at that - that is William Lloyd's recommendation, if I got him right.


    I understand, that you want to combine your older iPhoto Libraries into one single Library, that you can maintain with Aperture.


    If your older libraries have related contents and you will profit from having them in one library I'd do the following:

    • Upgrade the iPhoto Libraries to iPhoto 9.3
    • Create a new, empty Aperture Library on your external disk. (Aperture main menu bar > File > Switch to Library > Other/New)
    • After  Aperture has opened the new library import your iPhoto libraries with  (Aperture main menu bar > File > Import  > Library)


    But where to create this joined library?


    I have seen in your other thread  that you want to use your Time Machine volume to store your images.


    If you could afford  to buy a separate drive for this library, it would be much better. Simply adding the Aperture Library to the Time Machine volume may have Time Machine and Aperture fighting for space, because Time Machine will continue to add backups, until the drive is full.

    If you do not want to invest into a second disk drive, I'd consider to partition your Time Machine volume - one partition for the backup and one partition for Aperture. This way your drive will look like a drive with two separate disks.   Can your son guide you, on how to do this? It will be a bit tricky to explain the procedure from afar, since you are not that experienced with maintaining macs.




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jul 4, 2012 11:24 PM (in response to Blackbelly)

    Great to see that you got your libraries combined!

    but the number of pictures in iPhoto has gone from 15 K up to 25 K

    Maybe the number increased because of your recent MobileMe downloads? Do you have that many pics on MobileMe?


    I believe that I see iPhoto's pictures in Apt now but the thumbnails are black until I hit the prompt to "generate thumbnails." I've not had the time yet to see that all the original 15 K iPhoto pictures are actually in Apt, maybe you could tell me?

    You may wish to run the generation of thumbnails over night for a larger selection of images at once.


    How to check, if all images are in Aperture? First, compare the size of the Aperture Library after your recent import to the previous size - did the file size of the Aperture library increase considerably?


    Then look inside thee Aperture Library package - but only look, don't touch:

    1. Select the Aperture library in the Finder and ctrl-click it.
    2. Select "Show Package Contents" from the pop-up menu.
    3. Click the "Masters" folder in the Finder window that will pop up. In this folder your originals are stored, in subfolders named according to the date of the import session. Try to spot your iPhoto originals there and reassure yourself that the original master image files are actually included inside your Aperture library.


    maybe you could tell me?

    This will be difficult , you'll have to look for yourself, since I cannot remotely log into your computer - and I do not have a magic crystal ball either, maybe you can send me one?

    /___sbsstatic___/migration-images/188/18828600-1.gif  Cheers, Léonie


  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jul 6, 2012 10:20 PM (in response to Blackbelly)

    Good morning, Rick,

    Hey, you know there really is a "magic crystal ball" to see each other's computers -- it's iChat's screensharing. My son uses it all the time to clean up troubles for me

    Cheers to your son! 


    (even though they are programed "ascending date" order)

    Do you see the same dates in Aperture and iPhoto for the same images?


    By the way when I look at Apt in my finder and click to "show contents" I only get a "Contents" folder and when I click it I get 11 other folders, "codesignature, frameworks, library, macos, etc..."  So cannot see the "Masters" folder.

    I meant to look at the package contents of your Aperture library, not the Aperture application (in the Applications folder).


    Your Aperture library probably is in your Pictures folder and called someting like "aperture library.aplib", if you did select a different location for it.



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,700 points)
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    Jul 8, 2012 11:21 PM (in response to Blackbelly)

    You're going 'Show Package Contents' on the Aperture application whereas you should be doing that on the Aperture Library

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)
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    Jul 8, 2012 11:28 PM (in response to Blackbelly)


    thank you for the Screenshots. You are looking into you your Aperture Application - not into your own Aperture library that contains the pictures and their master image files.

    You need to select your Aperture Library package to see the size of your Aperture Library, not the Aperture Application.


    Your Aperture library probably is inside your "Pictures" folder and should look like this - the icon is a fan of colourful pictures:

    Look at the size there, to see if it is big enough to contain all your images. Only an Aperture Library package contains the image files you are looking for.


    As for your other question, Rick:


    Well, even though there are only 20 pictures in the "trash" folder, and I see 20, when I hover my cursor over that folder, it says there are 25 versions!!!

    That is perfectly o.k., if you edited some of the images. Aperture only sends the original (master) image files to the trash bin on your desktop, the edited versions will be deleted immediatly and not appear in the trash. Because an adjusted image version shares the original file with the unedited original version, you usually see less images in the trash on your Desktop than the number of image version you deleted in Aperture.




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