1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 16, 2012 11:23 PM by léonie
albere Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I want to move everything over to Aperture.


Will it be possible to copy my iPhoto library and then delete iPhoto without complications such as when I sync/photostream from my iPhone?


Will Aperture launch automatically instead of looking for iPhoto?


Any reviews from those who've done this are appreciated. iPhoto is fine for most but I need a pro solution.


In the opinion of those who've used Aperture for a while, is Apple consistenly patching and adding features?





MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 16gb
  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,825 points)

    Aperture and iPhoto now share the same unified library format, see:

    Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture


    Aperture 3.3: How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries


    So you can simply launch Aperture on your existing iPhoto Library - select the library in the Finder, ctrl-click it; from the pop-up menu select "Open with" and set it to "Aperture".


    I would not delete the iPhoto Application however. It might come in handy one day. Only iPhoto can show you the managed original image files inside the library package, or you may want to view one of your older books and other print products. You may accidentally have hidden an image in iPhoto and need iPhoto to reveal it again.


    The PhotoStream is tied to the library, and you will be able to use it with Aperture as well.


    I moved from iPhoto to Aperture and did not regret it. I found the Aperture developement much more conservative than for iPhoto, but that is my personal view.