Convert Aperture Library to iPhoto?

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  1. yousifabdullah macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2011

    I have a problem: as I went through my old backups from 2011, I found my old Aperture Library with some very fond memories. At the time I still had the disc-based Aperture, which I sold along with my MacBook Pro a few years ago. I recently bought an iMac and I want to transfer the pictures in my Aperture Library to iPhoto, however as I try that it requires that I install Aperture. (Meaning I'd have to buy it again, but this time from the Mac App Store.)

    Since the Aperture Library is a package, I can open it to see its contents and I'm able to locate some of the original JPEG files that reside in it, however the folder structure is a jungle and it'd take ages to copy the pictures one by one. Since I won't be needing any photo editing features, I don't feel like buying Aperture. I'd rather save the money for something else.

    Surely there's a way to do it by other means without actually having Aperture installed? Thanks!
  2. sahnert macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2003
    Recover photos

    If all you need are the photos and not any aperture metadata/adjustments, you should be able to locate a folder in the package called "masters" or "originals" - not sure what exactly it was called with the disc based version.

    You should be able to import this entire folder into your iphoto library to get the photos you are looking for.
  3. yousifabdullah thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2011
    Ha! It worked! Didn't think it'd be that easy. Thank you so much. :)

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