4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2013 10:47 AM by Gavincarrie
Gavincarrie Level 1 Level 1

I am trying to bring all my iPhoto libraries (one for each year) together into one REFERENCED Aperture library.  I have the iPhoto libraries on an external hard drive and want the Aperture Library on my main drive.  Whe I go to the Import window I do see my external hard drive on the list of drives, but the files do not show up.  It shows folders and any readable files in the folders, but not the iPhoto Libraries, which are not in any folders.  I am running out of space on my hard drive, so want to do a referenced import, not a managed one, but I can't seem to get it to work.  I have tried doing the copy drag and drop method (holding command+option and dragging and dropping from finder to Aperture, but it still copies the whole library to the main drive, it does not reference it).  Help, please!


Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
Solved by Thomas Emmerich on Dec 29, 2012 9:17 PM Solved
But since there is a shortage of disk space, the OP should first open up each iPhoto library in turn with Aperture and do the relocate originals command to create referenced libraries. Then when all the individual libraries have been changed to referenced libraries, they can be imported one at a time without adding the extra space requirements to the internal drive.
Reply by léonie on Dec 29, 2012 6:13 PM Helpful
Whe I go to the Import window I do see my external hard drive on the list of drives, but the files do not show up.  Aperture will not show you files in libraries in the import panel.  iPhoto libraries are not imported using the import panel. Importing the files using the import panel would result in importing a mess of thumbnails, previews, and originals, and you would lose your organisation in events and albums and probably  most of your metadata tags.  You import iPhoto Libraries as library:File > Import > Library  If the library you are importing is referenced, it will be imported referenced, if it is managed, the images will be imported managed. You can relocate the managed originals to your external volume directly after import using the command "File > Relocate originals"  See: Aperture 3.3: How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries RegardsLéonie
Reply by léonie on Dec 30, 2012 12:28 AM Helpful
A good point, Thomas.I assumed, there is no shortage on disk space on the external drive, only on the system drive. So on the external drive the libraries can be united by importing into each other, even as managed. Merging libraries will require a lot of extra space, so it might be a good idea to move all libraries to the external for this procedure. Then finally, make the merged library referenced by relocating and move it back to the internal drive.

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  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac
    Whe I go to the Import window I do see my external hard drive on the list of drives, but the files do not show up.

     

    Aperture will not show you files in libraries in the import panel.  iPhoto libraries are not imported using the import panel. Importing the files using the import panel would result in importing a mess of thumbnails, previews, and originals, and you would lose your organisation in events and albums and probably  most of your metadata tags.

     

    You import iPhoto Libraries as library:

    File > Import > Library

     

    If the library you are importing is referenced, it will be imported referenced, if it is managed, the images will be imported managed. You can relocate the managed originals to your external volume directly after import using the command "File > Relocate originals"

     

    See: Aperture 3.3: How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Thomas Emmerich Level 4 Level 4

    But since there is a shortage of disk space, the OP should first open up each iPhoto library in turn with Aperture and do the relocate originals command to create referenced libraries. Then when all the individual libraries have been changed to referenced libraries, they can be imported one at a time without adding the extra space requirements to the internal drive.

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    A good point, Thomas.

    I assumed, there is no shortage on disk space on the external drive, only on the system drive. So on the external drive the libraries can be united by importing into each other, even as managed. Merging libraries will require a lot of extra space, so it might be a good idea to move all libraries to the external for this procedure. Then finally, make the merged library referenced by relocating and move it back to the internal drive.

  • Gavincarrie Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks to all for the help!  I appreciate it and I'll give the recommendations a try.