Thanks for the info. I do not have iPhoto 9.3, and have already paid for Aperture 3.4. Does this mean that I have to also pay for iPhoto 9.3 even though I do not intend to use it? Is there any other workaround, such as exporting my iPhoto 7.1.5 library to some other format and then importing such format to Aperture 3.4.3? I will be grateful for any help with this odd situation.
Is there any other workaround, such as exporting my iPhoto 7.1.5 library to some other format and then importing such format to Aperture 3.4.3? I will be grateful for any help with this odd situation.
How many photos are you talking about? If you have huge iPhoto Libraries, and have invested much work into organizing and adjusting your photos, you really will want to import your iPhoto library as Library. This way you will transfer your work, not only your photos.
If your library is small, and you do not mind to do all the organisation and adjusting again, you can export your photos from iPhoto 7 - create a folder in your "Pictures" folder and export your photos from iPhoto to this folder, one event at a time as separate folders of image files. You can either export the original images or the edited versions. If you have done much editing, export both, to save your originals. Then import these folders of image files into your Aperture library.
But if you have huge libraries to transfer and many years of editing to preserve, the sensible thing to do would be to invest into iPhoto 9.4.3 and to upgrade your iPhoto libraries to the new unified format. You will not only save your edits and library organisation, you will also save plenty of disk space, for you can import the edited versions and originals as master-version pairs and not have to deal with duplicates.
When did you buy Aperture? Do you have a serial key for Aperture, that can be used with the Aperture Trial version? Then you might consider to reinstall Aperture 3.2.4 from your backup (rename your current Aperture version while you are doing that) or to download the Trial and try to import your iPhoto library into a new Aperture library. Earlier Aperture versions could import older iPhoto libraries, but will import two image files (Version and original) for each iPhoto image. So you will end up with plenty of duplicate images that you will have to organize. (A link to the Trial is here: Aperture 3.4: May quit unexpectedly on launch after updating).
As I said - to invest into iPhoto '11 will have a lot of advantages.
Thank you Léonie. Your post provided the guidance I was looking for.
I had been using iPhoto sporadically since last century. Then, in May of this year I downloaded Aperture from the App Store to my Mac Mini 2010 (now running Mountain Lion). I decided on Aperture based on the description of its features, and the negative reviews for iPhoto 11. Since this is only for a hobby I created a new library with a few current photos to learn it.
It was only until a couple of days ago that I decided to import the iPhoto 7.1.5 library (about 1500 photos) from my MacBook 2008 (running Lion). I downloaded Aperture 3.4.3 to the MacBook, same Apple ID, and run into the problem mentioned in my original post.
After reading your post I decided to try the Trial approach. Today I succesfully imported my iPhoto 7.1.5 library to Aperture 3.1 in the MacBook. The next step will be to migrate (import?) this Aperture 3.1 library to the Mac Mini using Aperture 3.4.3. Mañana, perhaps.
I will also consider your suggestion to invest in iPhoto 11. Maybe my wife can use it in her iMac. But I am still sore about hitting a wall and being told by Apple "Sorry Charlie, you must spend $20 more after having paid $80, or your $80 will buy you nothing".
I will also consider your suggestion to invest in iPhoto 11. Maybe my wife can use it in her iMac.
Mario, if your wife is working with iPhoto, it will be useful to have iPhoto 11 on her Mac. This way she will be able to browse your Aperture Libraries.
But I am still sore about hitting a wall and being told by Apple "Sorry Charlie, you must spend $20 more after having paid $80, or your $80 will buy you nothing".
This I can understand. It is very unusual, that this feature is not upward compatible, and you cannot open older iPhoto libraries in Aperture. You may want to send feedback to Apple: