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sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

This isn't really a new problem for me, but I decided to ask now to see if it can be fixed somehow. I use Aperture 3.4.5, OSX 10.8.4. The problem is that Aperture doesn't show up under the Media tab when in other apps. For instance, in Mail if I try to attach a picture. It shows iPhoto and Photobooth. But I get an error when I click on Aperture that tells me I need to turn on sharing to iLife in the preferences of Aperture. But this is turned on. Still no access to the Aperture library. Same thing in iTunes. Now, since my Aperture and iPhoto libraries are linked I can just choose the photos I want to attach from the iPhoto library. But I want to choose the Aperture library!!

 

But it won't let me. I cannot add projects/folders to my iPhone or iPad in iTunes either. I get the same turn on the sharing message. And I have this turned on.

 

I've seen a few other people with this problem in searches I have done but I have not seen any solutions...

 

Help?!?

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,720 points)

    That problem may be caused by several things - what have you already tried? And where is your Aperture library located? On your internal system drive or on an external drive? Or a network volume?

     

    Your Aperture preferences file may be unreadable, the previews may not have been properly generated, the Aperture library may need repairing or rebuilding.

    Try these fixes:

    • Switch to a different Aperture library and back to your current library, and log off and on again, to force aperture to rewrite the preferences file. Is the lbrary now visible in the Media Browser?
    • If not, remove your Aperture preferences file, as described here in this link: Aperture 3: Troubleshooting Basics, see the paragraph: Delete the user preferences. and again log off and on.
    • The next fix, If necessary: Use the Aperture library Frst Aid Tools, as described in the same document. Start with repairing permissions, then all repairing the database. After that, turn off the Preview sharing, recreate all previews (taht may take a while), and then turn sharing on again.

      To regenerate the Previews: Select the photos in the Browser, and then select the "Photos" menu. Hold down the alt/opt key⌥, until "Update Previews" turns into "Generate Previews".

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • jfa643 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    What is entered in the "Email using" field under the "Export" tab in Aperture preferences? Is it "Mail" or something else?

     

    Joe

  • sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    jfa643 wrote:

     

    What is entered in the "Email using" field under the "Export" tab in Aperture preferences? Is it "Mail" or something else?

     

    Joe

    It is mail...

     

    It's not just Mail that is the problem. Another place is Desktop/Screensaver in Settings. Aperture does not show up.

  • sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Aperture library is on my internal hard drive.

     

    I tried creating a new library, and switching back to the old one. But that didn't work. Buy my Aperture library is linked to my iPhoto library. Is this the problem? The library I'm using is in fact called "iPhoto Library". When I created the new one I did name it Aperture Library. But it is blank. And now I'm not sure how to get rid of this blank library. Or how to add all of my photos into it?

     

    I also selected all photos, and generated previews. This did not help.

     

    I will try the next things in teh list you gave.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,720 points)

    When I created the new one I did name it Aperture Library. But it is blank. And now I'm not sure how to get rid of this blank library.

    If the Aperture Library is truely empty, you can select tit in the Pictures folder and drag it to the trash.

     

    Buy my Aperture library is linked to my iPhoto library. Is this the problem? The library I'm using is in fact called "iPhoto Library".

    So your Aperture library is in fact a previous iPhoto library. And is the filename extension still .photolibrary? Then the Media Browser will consider it to be an iPhoto Library, and you will see the photos, albums, events in the iPhoto section of the Media Browser and not in the Aperture section, even if you opened the library last with Aperture.

     

    • You could simply keep using the same photo library with both iPhoto and Aperture in turn and get accustomed to be looking for your photos in the iPhoto section of the Media Browser.
    • Or if you want to use iPhoto and Aperture with separate photo libraries, import your current library into a new Aperture library. Open your now empty Aperture Library in Aperture by double-clicking it. Then use the command "File > Import > Library" in Aperture and select your iPhoto library. This will import all events, albums, etc. into your empty Aperture Library  and craete a copy of the iPhoto library, but now it will have the kind "Aperture Library" and the Media Browser should show it in the Aperture section and not the iPhoto section. Only make sure, that you unhide all photos in iPhoto, before you do that. Aperture cannot unhide photos that have been hidden in iPhoto.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

     

    So your Aperture library is in fact a previous iPhoto library.

    Correct. When I purchased Aperture, I imported from my iPhoto library. And I guess they are shared.

     

     

     

    And is the filename extension still .photolibrary?

    Can you tell me exactly where I will see this filename extension?

     

     

     

     

    • You could simply keep using the same photo library with both iPhoto and Aperture in turn and get accustomed to be looking for your photos in the iPhoto section of the Media Browser.

    This is what I have been doing since I started using Aperture. It really hasn't been a problem. But I noticed that other people have the ability to search in the Media Browser under Aperture. I was wondering why I couldn't. This is what started my quest.

     

     

     

    • Or if you want to use iPhoto and Aperture with separate photo libraries, import your current library into a new Aperture library. Open your now empty Aperture Library in Aperture by double-clicking it. Then use the command "File > Import > Library" in Aperture and select your iPhoto library. This will import all events, albums, etc. into your empty Aperture Library  and craete a copy of the iPhoto library, but now it will have the kind "Aperture Library" and the Media Browser should show it in the Aperture section and not the iPhoto section. Only make sure, that you unhide all photos in iPhoto, before you do that. Aperture cannot unhide photos that have been hidden in iPhoto.

     

    My question here is if I go into my new Aperture Library, and import from iPhoto again (and I guess make them not shared?) Will it then *copy* my iPhoto library, which is 240GB. Then I would have 2 240GB folders??

     

    I appreciate the help so far. Right now I'm doing the generate preview thing again, which is taking awhile. But I'm guessing that since my iPhoto and Aperture libraries are linked and shared now this won't matter much. I will still only see iPhoto listed in the Media Browser..

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,720 points)

     

    So your Aperture library is in fact a previous iPhoto library.

    Correct. When I purchased Aperture, I imported from my iPhoto library. And I guess they are shared.

     

    I am still not quite sure about the state of your iPhoto/Aperture library.  Depending on when you bought Aperture, you may have imported the iPhoto Library into a new Aperture Library; then you now have an Aperture library, or you may have simply opened the iPhot Library in Aperture, keeping it an iPhoto Library.  The Finder can show you what it is.

     

    Select your library in the Finder and use the Finder command "Get Info ⌘I". The Info panel will show you the type of the library.

    Disclose the "General" brick in the panel. The "Kind" will either show "iPhoto Library" or "Aperture Library".

     

    Then disclose the  "Name & Extension" brick and look, if your library has a filename extension - aplibrary or photolibrary. Uncheck "Hide Extension" to see it.

     

    If your library still is "Kind iPhoto Library", then you never imported your Library, you only used it in Aperture.

     

     

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    • Or if you want to use iPhoto and Aperture with separate photo libraries, import your current library into a new Aperture library. Open your now empty Aperture Library in Aperture by double-clicking it. Then use the command "File > Import > Library" in Aperture and select your iPhoto library. This will import all events, albums, etc. into your empty Aperture Library  and craete a copy of the iPhoto library, but now it will have the kind "Aperture Library" and the Media Browser should show it in the Aperture section and not the iPhoto section. Only make sure, that you unhide all photos in iPhoto, before you do that. Aperture cannot unhide photos that have been hidden in iPhoto.

     

    My question here is if I go into my new Aperture Library, and import from iPhoto again (and I guess make them not shared?) Will it then *copy* my iPhoto library, which is 240GB. Then I would have 2 240GB folders??

     

    I appreciate the help so far. Right now I'm doing the generate preview thing again, which is taking awhile. But I'm guessing that since my iPhoto and Aperture libraries are linked and shared now this won't matter much. I will still only see iPhoto listed in the Media Browser..

     

    Let's talk about that part of your question when we know for sure, if you already imported your iPhoto library or simply opened it in Aperture. If your library is an Aperture library with an imported iPhoto library inside there may be additional complications.

  • sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok. I do not have the ability to uncheck the Hide Extension box, it is greyed out.

     

    But, under General the Kind is indeed iPhoto Library.

    Under Name & Extension it is called iPhoto Library( I just can't uncheck the Hide Extension....)

     

    This is the library I have been using. So I guess you are right in that I never imported my library. I have only been "using" my iPhoto library the whole time.

     

    When I get the info for the newly created, still empty, Aperture Library it is Kind; Aperture Library, and shows the extension of .aplibrary(in here the Hide extension box was not checked).

     

    This is helpful information I guess. lol I'm not sure what do to about it now tho...

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,720 points)

    Ok. I do not have the ability to uncheck the Hide Extension box, it is greyed out.

     

    Then your iPhoto Library has no filename extension.

     

    This is the library I have been using. So I guess you are right in that I never imported my library. I have only been "using" my iPhoto library the whole time.

     

    But that is really good to know. You never imported the library into an Aperture library, and now we can be sure, that you do not have any links of referenced images between two libraries.

     

    Right now you are having an iPhoto Library and using it in Aperture as well. Importing it into an Aperture library would turn it into an aperture library, that you could open in iPhoto as well.  What ever you want.

     

    My question here is if I go into my new Aperture Library, and import from iPhoto again (and I guess make them not shared?) Will it then *copy* my iPhoto library, which is 240GB. Then I would have 2 240GB folders??

    Yes, but then you could backup the old iPhoto library and delete it. And then only see your images in the Aperture section of the Media browser.

  • sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

     

    Right now you are having an iPhoto Library and using it in Aperture as well. Importing it into an Aperture library would turn it into an aperture library, that you could open in iPhoto as well.  What ever you want.

     

     

    My question here is if I go into my new Aperture Library, and import from iPhoto again (and I guess make them not shared?) Will it then *copy* my iPhoto library, which is 240GB. Then I would have 2 240GB folders??

     

    Yes, but then you could backup the old iPhoto library and delete it. And then only see your images in the Aperture section of the Media browser.

    Ok. So if I go from having an iPhoto library that I use in Aperture to an  Aperture library I can use in iPhoto it is really the same thing. ? Lol It's just called an Aperture library now. And would show up as such in the other Apps. Right now I don't have quite the space to create another 240GB folder. I can delete some unneeded things to free up the space to do this. I'm just not sure it's worth the trouble? I might though. The only thing is I use Aperture now. I like it much better than iPhoto. I kind of want Aperture to show up in the Media browser! But really at the end of the day it is all the same images no matter what the library is called. ?

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,720 points)
    But really at the end of the day it is all the same images no matter what the library is called. ?

     

    Aperture and iPhoto are using the same format for their libraries. They are the same.

    Right now it will make no difference, while your Aperture version and iPhoto version do match.

     

    I am not sure, however, what will happen, when there ever will be an Aperture 4. That will probably not be able to open an iPhoto '11 library, unless you buy the new version of iPhoto as well to upgrade the iPoto library. So at one point you will have to make the switch final, unless you want to keep upgrading both apllications in parallel.

  • sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Aha. At this point, since I am only using Aperture I would see no point in keeping paying to upgrade to iPhoto. I guess it would make sense to make the library switch now while it is "only" 240GB instead of waiting for it to keep growing. Any of this playing around with my libraries makes me nervous. Lol But I guess I will have to go ahead and do it sometime soon.

     

    I am going to mark this question as solved. But please don't unsubscribe from the thread? You've been most generous in your help and if I had any other questions I would like to ask them here if I can.

     

    Thank you again!

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (71,720 points)

    You are welcome!

    I am going to mark this question as solved. But please don't unsubscribe from the thread?

    And I'll stay tuned in.

     

    Good luck!

  • sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So I think I am ready to make this switch and import my iPhoto library into Aperture like we have discussed above. I have cleared room on my hard drive. I have a Time Capsule, so everything has been backed up into Time Machine before I start anything. Just to be safe!

     

    I just want to tell you what I am going to do. And hopefully get your ok before I click. Lol You seem to have been so helpful before.

     

    In Aperture I will switch to the Aperture Library (which at the present moment is blank, I am using my iPhoto library in it). Then I will go to File > import > Library and choose the iPhoto library under the Pictures tab. And let it import. After this is done (how long will it take at 240 or so GB?)

     

    I will then do another backup. ? And play around a bit to make sure the Aperture library is fine and useable in both Aperture and iPhoto.

     

    And then I am ready to delete the iPhoto library. But *exactly* how do I do this? Go to Finder > Pictures and right click/delete on the iPhoto Library folder? Or do I need to do this within iPhoto itself?

     

    Thanks for helping again if you can.

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