Hello Forum - I have basically used iPhoto for my personal pictures and Aperture for my professional pictures for some years now. When iPhoto came out with Faces, I loved it and added a lot of old scans and new photos to that library. However, with Faces and Places and other functions now in Aperture, it seems like one library may be a better way to go. I have about 22K photos in iPhoto and 18K photos in Aperture.
Somehow, when I imported my pics into iPhoto, the setting for 'importing photos into the iPhoto Library' was unchecked, so I basically have 18K referenced photos in iPhoto. I had always used 'referenced files' in my Aperture anyways, so I suppose that's just as well - especially if I want to import those photos into Aperture. In fact, I was told by Apple tech support that they had never heard of anyone using referenced files in iPhoto who didn't have a problem with them. So far, I must have been lucky, because I didn't have any issues until recently, and then it was due to me editing some of the original masters in Photoshop and then iPhoto couldn't re-link them even when I pointed it to the right files. (getting iPhoto '11 fixed that - I was using '09)
I also have another 10-15K photos to import into one or both databases once I've made a final decision. As silly as it sounds, the one thing that iPhoto can do that Aperture can't is make calendars and cards. But my family really likes their calendars, so I don't want to give that up. Can I import everything into Aperture, then keep iPhoto and access the Aperture library just to create calenders and cards?
I'm seeking the advice of users who may have been there/done that. Are there any land mines I need to be aware of if I want to import my referenced iPhoto library into my referenced Aperture library? Is there a proceedure I need to follow? (other than described in the help section for importing libraries, etc.) I never vaulted my Aperture library, and I never used the editing tools in either Aperture or iPhoto. (I always use Photoshop for editing) Thanks for any feedback!