Aperture 2 + iPhoto 11

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So I upgraded to Yosemite to find out my Aperture 2.x doesn't work. I don't really use my DSLR anymore so I figured what the hell I'll just use iPhoto from here on out. Well I was prompted to download iPhoto 11 and now when I try to open my Aperture library with iPhoto I get a message about needing to upgrade to Aperture 3.3.
Is there any way around this without buying Aperture 3? I would just like to use iPhoto but I cant lose my 5000+ pictures in my Aperture library. It's like Aperture is holding my pics hostage until I upgrade..
Any help would be greatly appreciated but I think I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and just buy Aperture 3...
 

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Given that Apple previously advised they're no longer developing new versions of iPhoto and Aperture (to be replaced by Photos early next year), you might want to save $80 and look at alternatives such as Lightroom, AfterShot, etc.
 

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Given that Apple previously advised they're no longer developing new versions of iPhoto and Aperture (to be replaced by Photos early next year), you might want to save $80 and look at alternatives such as Lightroom, AfterShot, etc.
The problem is I have over 5000 pics in my Aperture library that I cant lose. I need to get them out some how. I'm thinking buying Aperture 3 is gonna be my only option...
 

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The problem is I have over 5000 pics in my Aperture library that I cant lose. I need to get them out some how. I'm thinking buying Aperture 3 is gonna be my only option...
If you have Aperture of any version installed on your computer, if you open the App Store app you'll probably find that you can get 3 as a free upgrade.
Edit: that may only apply to an existing version 3.
 

shady825

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If you have Aperture of any version installed on your computer, if you open the App Store app you'll probably find that you can get 3 as a free upgrade.
Edit: that may only apply to an existing version 3.
Yeah that was one of the first things I did. It wants to charge me $79.99
 

chrfr

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Yeah that was one of the first things I did. It wants to charge me $79.99
Some users reported that installing a trial version of 3 was converted to the newest full version. I have no idea if that works anymore, or if you'd be able to find a trial version online.
 

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Some users reported that installing a trial version of 3 was converted to the newest full version. I have no idea if that works anymore, or if you'd be able to find a trial version online.
Yeah I remember reading that awhile back too. I'm just unable to find the trial .dmg

I don't even care about getting the full version. I just need to be able to get my photos out of Aperture and into iPhoto.
 
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shady825

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If you just need to extract the photos, you can manually open the Aperture Library in finder, and import the masters into a new iPhoto Library.

See: https://documentation.apple.com/en/aperture/usermanual/index.html#chapter=4&section=12&tasks=true

The Aperture library is essentially just a folder for a bunch of database files and the original/edited pictures.
This will let you pull the photos out, but you will lose any albums/projects/organization.
Thanks for the help. Finally getting somewhere. Now the problem is, I have over 5000 photos. Is there a way to just grab them all and dump them in iPhoto?
Preview opens 1,134 photos and then crashes out every time.
 

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Got it!

If I control click to show package contents, I can then drag my project folders into iPhoto. Thanks for the help Hrhnick!