I just spent some time working on a RAW original in Adjustments, then tried to "Duplicate Version" and the original file disappeared.
So it is hard to say what has been happening.
What is your Aperture version? Are you using Aperture 3.5.1 with Mavericks?
Which adjustment/s did you apply?
Did you seect the image in a project or an album/smart album?
It's not in trash, it's just gone, poof into the great digital empty place. Any suggestions?
Is the original image file missing from the disk, or do you see the original no longer in the Browser?
- If you were working from a smart album, the smart rules may no longer apply, after you adjusted the image; then the original may vanish from the album, but still be in the project.
- Perhaps you pressed accidentally the "9" key and rejected the original version? Then it will be hidden, even in the Trash, unless the filters in the Browser are set to "Showing all". Open the "rejected" album to look for it.
- Or you may have set the "Preferences > General" option "Automatically Stack new versions", then your original will be hidden in the versions stack, if you collapsed all stacks. Try "Stacks > Unstack" or "Open".
If the original is actually gone from the project, and no longer on the disk, then post back with more information, please.
. It did, however, end up in in a smart album I’d set up based on a rating despite not having that rating (3 stars) but when It moved there it somehow replaced the several dozen rated files in the smart album.
Brian, if you are seeing the images in your smart album, try to find them in their current project. Select each one of them in turn and use the command "File > Show in project".
but when It moved there it somehow replaced the several dozen rated files in the smart album.
Check the smart rules for that album. Maybe they have changed.
Would it be a good idea at this point to just create a new Library for 2014, reset everything and not carry anything forward?
It is hard to say, if their is something wrong with Aperture itself, with your system, or with your library, without more information.
The first thing to do, would be to make sure you are having a working backup of your current system, just in case, their is actually something wrong with your system or your hardware, maybe a failing drive.
I'd test with a new Aperture library, and see, if that is working well. If yes, I'd repair the permissions on your current library and try the other First Aid Tools as well, see: Repairing and Rebuilding Your Aperture Library: Aperture 3 User Manual