6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2012 4:43 PM by Steve Hadeen
Steve Hadeen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm a little confused as to why when I save files as referenced files that it only saves the originals to an external drive and not the versions.  Let me rephrase that:  The versions show the badge icon that says they are saved to the external drive along with the originals, but when I actually look in the external drive, I only see the originals.  How can I also make sure the versions are being saved to the external HD as well?  Are they just hidden and I need to unhide them?

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Steve Hadeen


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (78,185 points)

    How can I also make sure the versions are being saved to the external HD as well?  Are they just hidden and I need to unhide them?

     

    Aperture never stores versions as image files at all - versions are images in limbo until Aperture renders the image file, when you export the image from Aperture or share it to another application. Until then, Aperture only stores a recepy for creating the version, when it is needed. This way you can have many, many different versions of the same image without needing much additional disk space. And this is also the basic procedure to ensure the lossless workflow and the ability to revert any adjustment, since  versions are always rendered from the original image file, and not from the image files of the previous version.

     

    To speed up browsing, Aperure can store preview images of the current version, if you enable it. But there is no option in Aperture to store these previews referenced on an external drive.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Steve Hadeen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Gotcha'. That makes sense and for a good workflow. A question:  If my internal hard drive or Aperture were to ever crash or go corrupt or whatever happens, I have the backup of the original.  I'm assuming I would lose the versions, correct.  But of course I can just redo from the originals...

     

    Where do I find the ability to enable storing preview images of the current version if I want? I've probably come across it as I use Aperture quite a bit, but don't recall it.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (78,185 points)

    What you need, is a backup of your Aperture library in addition to your backup of your originals, since the versions are part of the library. A good way to backup the library are vaults or including the Aperture library into your regular Time Machine backup of your system.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Steve Hadeen wrote:

     

    Where do I find the ability to enable storing preview images of the current version if I want? I've probably come across it as I use Aperture quite a bit, but don't recall it.

    Working with Preview Images

  • Steve Hadeen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Already had it enabled.  Thanks!

  • Steve Hadeen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Already doing the backups.  I wasn't thinking that it would have the versions.  Thanks!