Aperture Imports

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mikegml, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. mikegml macrumors member

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    I'm fairly new to mac, I'm trying to import my photos to Aperture (and iphoto) and this is proving to be very complicated and troublesome. In fact I did so months ago but have never been happy with how it turned out.

    I basically have one pictures folder with many sub folders within. I have no problems with any of the pc apps I use, and with Lightroom and DXO Pro which I use on pc and mac. They all handle (and display) this structure no problem.

    I can also update other image apps with new folders, deleted folders, deleted pictures, moved folders etc usually simply by 'refeshing' or 'syncing'.

    Despite aperture and iphoto insisting folders are 'events' and 'projects' I can handle this ok. But they don't have that I see have a 'refresh' option, I haven't a clue how to update my pictures folder in Aperture and iphoto.

    I can import but they both (especially Aperture) seem to import haphazardly displaying new folders out of place (not retaining the original folder structure)

    Is there any way to 'refresh' the libraries of aperture and iphoto? I got confused installing aperture and having to choose default libraries, I have iphoto and aperture libraries and can switch but aren't sure where the libraries are or how to update/refresh them.

    I gotta say I think this is more mac than me, I have several image editing/viewing apps and have no problems with any, all seem to pick up and display the original 'windows style' folder tree structure except aperture and iphoto which seem to handle things in their own unique way which to be honest I just don't get.

    To further complicate matters aperture literally takes hours to sync with icloud. I have to quit the app to stop this, tho' it seems to operate ok while it's doing this.

    Would it be easier to start from scratch and uninstall/reinstall aperture and iphoto?
     
  2. elolaugesen macrumors regular

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    Why convert to Aperture? Apple announced that it will not be upgraded anymore? and both iphoto and aperture replaced by a new product (unknown specs)

    Stay with Lightroom on the mac..... your license for lightroom should be transferable from pc to mac ( I hope)

    cheers elo
     
  3. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Elolaugesen makes a good point. Aperture is dead. Why waste time on it, especially when you already use better software in lightroom?
     
  4. mikegml thread starter macrumors member

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    I've only just discovered about Aperture being dropped, don't mind though. I'm not converting to anything, I bought it three months ago it simply to find out if it was any good, it may have become my go to editor.

    I use L'room on mac and pc now and do prefer L'room to Aperture, tho' neither of these are my favoured image editor anyway.

    No suggestions for me to sort out my messed up Libraries?

    Thanks
     
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Perhaps the digital photo forum would provide more complete answers for you.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=83

    I've used aperture for years because I like the way it organizes my projects and integrate with FCP. I hate the way lightroom does this kind of everyday stuff. For more technical image editing I have a tendency to use pixelmator as it integrates well.

    But there is a dozen ways to skin that cat.
     
  6. mattspace macrumors 6502a

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    If you look at what Photos on iOS 8 can do already:

    http://www.apple.com/au/ios/whats-new/photos/

    it's basically got all the individual, fine-tunable adjustments that Aperture has.

    I've been using Aperture for a couple of years, and with the extensibility shown at WWDC - the fact that any app can plug in as a non-destructive editor within Photos is a really big deal. No more having to create stupid destructive TIFF versions of files to roundtrip through plugins.

    There are people claiming that Apple's giving up on "pro" photography (whatever that is), I disagree, I think they're commoditising it, in the same way that FCP commoditised expensive non-linear video editing.
     
  7. elolaugesen macrumors regular

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    Hi: re the new photo app. I think it will the same as numbers and pages dumbed down then slowly improved with new features as time moves on. As long as they leave the original aperture around as they have with pages and numbers it may work out.
     
  8. mattspace macrumors 6502a

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    Aperture is already stated as getting a Yosemite update - but I suspect it'll be a better situation than iWork, specifically because it's being introduced with (and for) the new extensibility architecture.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    I disagree with the notions above that Aperture "is dead".

    It may be transformed in the future, but I don't think it is going to completely "die off".

    I sense that the upcoming "Photos" app may be "a blend" of iPhoto and Aperture which gives the user a choice of either a more "simplified" work environment like iPhoto, or access to more complex tasks, as per Aperture. The only screen image we've been shown of "Photos" looks as much like Aperture as it does like iPhoto -- perhaps moreso.

    I will -guess- that Apple will retain Aperture's paradigm for file/folder setup, which I find preferable to iPhoto's.
     

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