I am also new to Apeture, but when I looked at the Preferences option, under Import, it has Project options as follows:
When Camera is connected open with: (default is iPhoto)
Default Import Location: (new Project)
Autosplit into Projects: (default is One Project per Day) - other options for this one are:
One Project per Week
Sounds like the default settings would automaticaly be splitting up the Projects by day?
Hope this helps!
First, read this short naming of the parts I wrote. It will help us understand each other, and may help you master Aperture faster.
There are many ways to re-organize your existing Project (the one with too many Images in too many Folders and -- I assume -- Albums). How many Images are there? Have you made any adjustments to them (more pointedly: do you care if you lose those adjustments)?
gail from maine wrote:
I'm getting ready to import my entire iPhoto library to my Mac Air from Macbook Pro, so your post will be invaluable.
Gail: no need to import. The most recent versions of iPhoto and Aperture share the same Library format. A Library created in either program can be opened in either program.
Read these Apple support articles:
Unfortunately, the iPhoto Library is on my other Mac, so I'm importing the iPhoto library from my Pro to my Air. I am sure, however, that once I get my photos on my Air, the two articles you have listed above will be very useful for understanding the relationship between iPhoto and Aperture. I'm a real fan of manuals and support articles!
Thanks for sharing the additional information!
"Photos" has no useful meaning in Aperture. There are image (and video) files -- which you import, which thereafter are called "Originals" -- and there are Versions, which are what you see when you use Aperture. It is -- strictly imho -- vital to understand the parts of Aperture in order to use it well.
I suggest creating a new Library, thus:
- Select all the Images in your huge Project and "File➞Export➞Originals". Put them all in one Finder folder.
- Select all the other Projects, and "File➞Export➞Project(s) as New Library". Check "Copy Originals" and "Copy Previews"
- Close Aperture.
- Double-click, in Finder, the newly created Library.
- Set "Aperture➞Preferences➞Import➞Autosplit into Projects" to "One Project per day".
- Import all the files you exported as Originals using "File➞Import➞Files". Check "Automatically split projects".
- Confirm that you now have what you want. Confirm that you have NO Referenced Originals (you should not).
- Delete your old Aperture Library.