4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2013 1:47 PM by billbir
billbir Level 1 (0 points)

When I first import into Aperture from iPhoto, is it better to do it progressively, event by event or import the total library and organise within Aperture? Also, if I have photos in the wrong folder, can I just drag and drop into the correct one?

iMac 27" i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • léonie Level 10 (90,714 points)

    How you can import from iPhoto into Aperture will depend on your iPhoto and Aperture versions.


    What are the versions that you are using?

  • billbir Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Leonie,


    My iPhoto is 11 9.4.3, which should be the latest version and I will be downloading the latest version of Aperture.

  • léonie Level 10 (90,714 points)

    The import of iPhoto Libraries changed considerably since Aperture 3.3 and iPhoto 9.3.


    Now Aperture and iPhoto share a unified library format. Any iPhoto library (version 9.3 or later) is also an Aperture library. You can simply open your iPhoto library in Aperture and use it with Aperture or iPhoto as you like.


    But you cannot any longer import single iPhoto events or albums; there is no longer an iPhoto Browser in Aperture. But you can import complete iPhoto libraries into an Aperture library, if you want to merge your libraries into one.


    See these support articles:

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




    Aperture 3.3: How to use Aperture to merge iPhoto libraries


    When you are viewing your iPhoto Library in Aperture, you will see all your organization - the events will be projects, you will see all your faces, places,keywords, albums. It is easier to group projects/events in Aperture, so any new arranging would better be done after the transit.






    Added: If you have any hidden photos in iPhoto, unhide them before you open the library in Aperture, for Aperture cannot unhide photos hidden in iPhoto.

  • billbir Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Leonie,


    Thanks for your reply, which answers my question. I must have been watching a pre-3.3 video tutorial which seemed to demonstrate that you could import part of your library. I do not have any hidden photos in iPhoto, so that is not an issue, but thank you for the warning.