Aperture question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Shedding Skin, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. Shedding Skin macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2006
    I'm new to the whole Mac thing, so the answer to this question may just be a mistake on my part.

    Ok, so I loaded some photos to Aperture directly from my cf card. Easy enough. When I went to look at my files in the "Aperture Library" inside my photos folder, it opened the Aperture program, which brings me to my first question. Where does Aperture store the photos I import?

    That wasnt that big of a deal. If I want to use the file for something else I can just export it as a JPEG, right? Right.

    The problem came later when I renamed the folder with all of my files. I come from a windows (sorry for the bad word) platform, so when you rename the "My Documents" folder, all the programs still recognize that they are there.

    When I opened iTunes next I saw that I had no songs. So, confused I opened Aperture and saw that I had no photos.

    If the photos are gone, it's only a few that I lost, but no one wants to lose pictures. If anyone can help me, I'd appreciate it.

  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Look in your pictures folder. The library is there.

    I recommend burning a CD or DVD of your images before you do anything.

    Two different vaults is good, too.
  3. Shedding Skin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2006
    I just renamed the folder and the pictures came back. I dont know how it worked, but it did. Thanks for the advice.
  4. Shedding Skin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2006
    In case anyone cares, I figured out how to find my JPEG and RAW files from the "Aperture Library." You right click on it and click "Show package contents". I think I'm getting this Mac thing!
  5. Mantat macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2003
    Montréal (Canada)
    Just let Aperture manage your library. You dont need to know where the pics are located. Just make sure you give them all keywords and they will be easy to find.
    The DVD that came with your software will have everything explained and there is a video tutorial on the Apple Seminar section that describe the new features of 1.1
  6. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    Yeah, you'll notice that applications are the same way. Just like on windows, they are a combination of files, but they nest them inside one which is what appears to be the application. Hence when you install most apps you just drag them to any old place on your hard drive.

    In Aperture you can always export the original file, thus you should never need to go into the photo library yourself to try to find one you want.
  7. Nutter macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2005
    London, England
    By the way, it's not a good idea to rename your home folder! On the Mac, this folder contains more than documents -- it contains all your preferences and a lot of other things that the system needs to be able to find.
  8. Shedding Skin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2006
    Thanks for all the tips. Aperture seems pretty intimidating at first, but really easy once everything is figured out. I'm sure it will keep getting easier.
  9. triotary macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2005
    lol if Aperture seems intimidating, then how is photoshop to you?
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    It's a totally different program, but then you know that.

    Aperture and Lightroom are closer, but you knew that too.

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