2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 28, 2012 10:29 PM by léonie
threelapfancy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello all,

 

I just purchased Aperture last night (3.4.3). I'm running 10.8.2 ML. All of my photos were previously in iPhoto. When I first opened Aperture it asked if I wanted to merge, I choose yes (in order to have a "unified" library).

 

I can view all my photos in both iPhoto and Aperture. The question that I am getting to here is regarding the name and type of the library. I only have one library in my "photos" folder, it is named iPhoto Library, so every time I open Aperture it says that it is opening the iPhoto library. If I look at the type of library from the finder in "Get Info" the type is an iPhoto library.

 

So basically I have no Aperture library, just an iPhoto library.

 

Does this sound normal? Should I / Can I change the name of the library (to avoid any confusion, since I'll be using Aperture for my photo organization and editing needs), maybe change the name to something like "Steve's Photo Library"? Do I / Can I change the type of library to an Aperture library? Is any of this necessary?

 

It just seems odd that when using Aperture it states that I am using an iPhoto library.

 

I hope my query makes sense. Thanks for helping.


Steve

 

PS - I've read all the Apple support articles, watched videos, searched this forum along with Aperture Expert and just can't seem to find anything similar to my issue with the library.

 

Thanks again.

  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (66,945 points)

    Yes it is normal and makes sense - both iPhoto and Aperature can open both libraries - there is no need to have seperate libraries - you can do anything in either iPhoto or Aperature to the same library

     

    See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5043

     

    LN

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,185 points)
    Does this sound normal? Should I / Can I change the name of the library (to avoid any confusion, since I'll be using Aperture for my photo organization and editing needs), maybe change the name to something like "Steve's Photo Library"? Do I / Can I change the type of library to an Aperture library? Is any of this necessary?

     

    Yes, it does sound normal as Larry explained, see Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture

     

    Can I change the name of the library (to avoid any confusion

    And yes, you can change the name of the library, and it may be useful, when you are working with more than one library.  Aperture shows the name of the library it is currently browsing in the library inspector pane. This way you will notice, when iPhoto or Aperture create a new Photo lIbrary; this sometimes will happen, when the drive with your Photo Library is offline.

    To change the name of the library, select it in the Finder and open the Info panel by pressing the key combination ⌘I (or use "File > Get Info"). Then disclosse the "Name and Extension" brick and change the name, but not the file name extension.

     

    Do I / Can I change the type of library to an Aperture library? Is any of this necessary?

    You cannot simply change the type of the library and better not try. It is nececessay to know the original type of the library. If you look at the document LarryHN  pointed to (scroll down to the last paragraphs), you will see that some of the library items you created in iPhoto cannot be read or changed in Aperture. You will need iPhoto to browse or edit your older iPhoto Print Products, etc.

    Also, remember to reveal all images that you have hidden in iPhoto, before you switch to Aperture. his cannot be done in Aperture.

     

    Regards

    Léonie