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harvdog Calculating status...
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Jan 15, 2013 1:16 PM

I have been organizing and editing pictures for over 10 years with various versions of iPhoto, Aperture, and Picasa. My inventory of photos is a mess. They are scattered all over 2 devices, not found in some software, and in need of serious organization. Where do I start? I do have most of my inventory in Time Capsule. I would like to use only one of the aforementioned tools to move forward with . . . what do you suggest?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,355 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:34 PM (in response to harvdog)

    One way to go - upgrade to the latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture. Both applications now share a unified library format. You could merge your iPhoto libraries and Aperture Libraries into one consolidated library on a dedicated external drive, and open these libraries either in Aperture or iPhoto, until you are sure, which of the apps is the right application for you:


    Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture


    Aperture 3.3: How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries

    (BTW: A similar approach will work to merge iPhoto Libraries into Aperture libraries).




  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 2:02 PM (in response to harvdog)


    • Upgrade your OS and your app versions to the most recent ones.
    • Use Aperture, if you are comfortable with it.
    • Consolidate everything in one Aperture Library.
    • Create a top-level Folder called "Old Structure".
    • Move all Projects into this Folder (in Aperture, every Image must be a Project).
    • Select the Photos container.  Sort by date.  Look for dupes.  Use the Info tab (or the Info tool tip metadata overlay) to compare dupes.  Save the largest; delete the others.
    • Identify your storage and your retrieval needs.  Think on this.  :-) . 
    • Add new Projects and Albums, and new Folders to organize them, to build a Library structure that meets your needs.
    • Move Images and/or Projects from "Old Structure" to the new structure you are creating.
    • Continue until there are no Images left in "Old Structure".
    • Delete the Folder "Old Structure" and all its contents.
    • Enjoy you newly organized photo collection.


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