3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 11:53 PM by léonie
Jen Fla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Now that I have Aperture, I have imported my old photos from iPhoto.  From what I understand, the masters are still being housed in iPhoto.  Going forward, should I set it up so that my photos are automatically imported to Aperture, or should I continue importing them to iPhoto from off of my camera?  Is it best to have all of my masters in one location?  I feel like my entire photo library should be unified.  However, if they are automatically imported to iPhoto, will I then always have to manually import them to Aperture?


Thanks for any help.

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Aperture and iPhoto Libraries have identical file formats. You should have the most recent versions of each, and you should not import from one Library into another.  Did you, in fact, import your old "photos" from iPhoto into Aperture?  How?


    Once you get this straightened out, you should simply import into your Library.  While it is recommended to use one program or the other -- and if you are settling on Aperture, you should stick with it -- it doesn't matter much which program you use when you import files.


    Here are a couple of Apple articles that may be of help:

    Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture

    How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries

  • Jen Fla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.  I saw a similar response to another question, so I looked into those articles you referenced.  They are talking about iPhoto 11 Version 9.3.  Here's the thing...I am running iPhoto 11 Version 9.2.3.  When I click on Updates, it says this is the current version.  I'm guessing that's why they are not unified.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (77,940 points)

    To be able to upgrade to Aperture and iPhoto versions that support the unified library format, you probably will have to upgrade your MacOS. You need OS X Lion 10.7.5 or OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 or later to use the unified libraries.