8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2013 5:21 AM by Frank Caggiano
Nathan Guinle Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

Please go easy as I just made it to Aperture

So my iphoto library is gotten too big.

I am ready to make the move (editing skills are out growing iPhoto).

I installed Aperture last week and did a ton of research on how to make the move.

I even watched some apple video that seemed to make it DEAD simple.

So today I was ready....

I went to

file->import->library

I pointed the pop up window to my iphoto library.

Then hit import.

My iphoto library is 30.5 GB so I knew it would take some time....

I watched the progress bar do its thing.

Once it was done there were only two "images" in my Aperture library.

Screenshot 3:12:13 .jpeg

but all my albums/projects were listed.

No other photos were presant and the Apeture library is only 8 mb in size?

Might anyone be able to assist me in trouble shooting this?

I thought I did ALL my research and had all my bases covered.

Thanks in advance!


Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.5), TV, Ipod Touch, mac mini, ipods
  • 1. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    Welcome to Aperture and the list,

     

    What versions of Aperture and iPhoto do you have. With the latest versions of both there is no need to import the iPhoto library as both applications use the same library structure and can read each others libraries.

     

    BTW your screen shot didn;t make into the post.

     

    regards

  • 2. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    Nathan Guinle Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    I have the latest versions of both applications.

    Without opening both of them I can say with cerntainty... as I checked for updates on iphoto before purchasing aperture.

    My main goal was to import the iphoto photos into Aperture (I will keep its library on an extrenal drive)

    then delete the iphoto library that is on my internal drive once I know all is well.

  • 3. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    If you have the latest version of both and the iPhoto library has been opened by the latest version of iPhoto then Aperture can open that library and no import needs to be done.

  • 4. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    Nathan Guinle Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    First off I really want to thank you for assisting me!

     

    So maybe I'm explaining myself incorectly.

    My intent was/is to import my iphoto library into Aperture.

    There by freeing up 30.5GB of space on my HD.

    I have the Aperture Library set up on an external HD.

    So if "no import needs to be done".... all I have to do is drag the file titled "iphoto Library"

    to my external harddrive? Then open Aperture.....?

    I'm confused....?

    I was researching (must of been outdated apple info) and I did exactly as the video stated.

    But All I got was a waste of 1.5 hours and an Aperture library that looks like this.

    Oddly all of my albums were imported but no images.....

    I'm not really sure how to proceed as I don't want to screw things up.

    Again I thank you for your assistance.

  • 5. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,730 points)

    So if "no import needs to be done".... all I have to do is drag the file titled "iphoto Library"

    to my external harddrive? Then open Aperture.....?

    Yes, just as Frank Caggiano said - Aperture can now open iPhoto libraries and iPhoto can open Aperture Libraries, see this support article: Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture

     

    Just a short note, until Frank can come back to this thread: If your main objective is to free space on your system drive, drag your iPhoto Library to your external drive. Then hold down the ⌥(alt/option)-key and double click Aperture; this will display a panel with libraries to open. Select your library on the external drive to open it in Aperture. You can then use Aperture's main menu bar (File > Open Library in iPhoto) to toggle between iPhoto and Aperture to browse the library, if you want to.

     

    But from your previous posts it was not clear that you already have an Aperture library. If you do not want to have to switch between libraries, you might consider to import your iPhoto library into the Aperture library. Is your Aperture library still experimental, or would it be worth it to merge both libraries? See this article:

    Aperture 3.3: How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries

     

    Regards

    Léonie

     

    P.S. which video have been trying to follow? It is hard to understand your screenshot without knowing exactly what you have been trying to do.

  • 6. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    Nathan Guinle Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    Thank you for your response.

    The screenshot is what my current Aperture Library looks like after I did the following in Aperture....

    I went to

    file->import->library

    I pointed the pop up window to my iphoto library.

    Then hit import.

    My iphoto library is 30.5 GB so I knew it would take some time....

    I watched the progress bar do its thing.

    Once it was done there were only two "images" in my Aperture library.

     

    I will read the articles that you pointed to. Thanks

     

     

     

    But from your previous posts it was not clear that you already have an Aperture library. If you do not want to have to switch between libraries, you might consider to import your iPhoto library into the Aperture library.

    I do apologize I tried to explain exactly what I did and what happened in my OP.

    My main objective is to stop using iphoto. So I want to get all of my photos from iphoto (with all the edits, faces, albums, ratings, etc) into Aperture. There by freeing up HD space.

     

    So to be cleare you suggest that I import my iPhoto library into the Aperture library?

    How would I go about doing this?

    I thought the process that I researched and did would be the correct one....

    But it turned out to not.... (see screenshot in post #5)

    Once again thanks

  • 7. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,730 points)

    Nathan,

    there is really no need to apologize. It was just that from your opening sentence "as I just made it to Aperture" I assumed, that you do not yet have set up an Aperture library that needs keeping. And then Frank's solution, simply using the iPhoto library as your Aperture library without need to import anything would have been the best option. Your iPhoto library is already an Aperture library and does not need any conversion.

     

     

    So to be cleare you suggest that I import my iPhoto library into the Aperture library?

     

    Only, if you want/need to unite your current Aperture Library with the iPhoto library. Do you already have invested work into your Aperture library and does it contain images you want to continue using? Then merging would save you from having to switch between libraries.

     

    file->import->library

    I pointed the pop up window to my iphoto library.

    Then hit import.

    My iphoto library is 30.5 GB so I knew it would take some time....

    I watched the progress bar do its thing.

    That is exactly as it is done. The screenshot shows only two videos. What is the size of your library after importing? Has the Aperture library grown by 30.5 GB? If yes, then I would open the library in iPhoto to check, if your photos are in the "hidden" album. Aperture cannot show photos, that have been hidden in iPhoto.

     

    Regards

  • 8. Re: Moving from iPhoto to Aperture small issue...
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,830 points)

    Sorry for the confusion. Léonie's pretty much covered this.

     

     

    With the new versions of Aperture ad iPhoto think of what you want to do not as importing an iPhoto library into an Aperture library but as combining two libraries (one just hapens to have been made with iPhoto and the other with Aperture).

     

    So for this you just use the File ->Import Library command in Aperture and point that command to the library that was made in iPhoto.

     

    Hope this clears up any confusion, post back if you still have questions.

     

    regards