Migrating BACK to Aperture from Photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by dmw16, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. dmw16 macrumors regular

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    I really don't like Photos...

    Is there a way to migrate my library back to Aperture from Photos? Maybe at the very least bring the RAW's back? But something more seamless would be nice.
     
  2. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    You probably have to locate the RAW files on your computer and then import them into Aperture.
     
  3. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Do you still have your Aperture library? If so I think it will still contain all the images and edits up to the time you moved to Photos so you could see if it still opens, then <all> you need to do is import anything new into Aperture.

    But Aperture is dying/dead, why not consider an alternative like Capture One Pro - I found the better processing meant it was worth re-processing my entire Aperture 70k images into C1P - it was better than a camera upgrade :)
     
  4. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    The only way to do this would be to export all of the RAW images, install Aperture and reimport them. Note that NONE of your edits in Photos will carry over.

    FWIW, there are plenty of third party programs that include Extensions that add functionality to Photos. Additionally, RumorHazIt that the next version of OS X will include added features that were in iPhoto/Aperture. i.e. Photos is a work in progress.

    As simonsi notes, Aperture is dead. Most likely it won't be supported in the next OS X version. Time to move on.
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Past time to move on......to Lightroom, Capture One Pro, or other DAM with good editing capability and ideally, the ability to use plugins with good integrated round trips.
     
  6. dmw16 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sigh...I suppose you're probably right about moving on. I'll check out Lightroom and C1P.

    It's not a functionality thing for me...I'm no pro photographer or anything...what I don't like about Photos is the layout of the various basic correction settings I do use. I feel like there are a lot more clicks then there was in Aperture. Disappointing they dropped support and it is being phased out. I thought it was a good platform.

    Thanks.
     
  7. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    FYI ordering prints/books from iPhoto/Aperture ceases at the end of this month
     
  8. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    I hope we've convinced you to move on. If it's only a preference for the interface, there is really no point to going back. If you had referenced your images instead of copying them into the library of Photos or Aperture, it would be easier; it would be like finding "lost" images in Aperture via the relocation tools. Something to bear in mind for the future, perhaps.

    Aside from the Big Boys (Lightroom, Capture One) there is also Mylio (free for a certain number of images and devices), Photos Supreme, Emulsion, XnViewMP, AfterShot Pro, etc etc. Try some and see what you like; the nice thing is that they are all in some ways better for organization than Photos. Odds are that the organizing function and interface isn't gonna change much, if the history of Aperture and iPhoto are any guide.
     
  9. buttongerald macrumors member

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    The thing I will miss most is Apertures UI. I mean yeah, Lightroom's is similar, but Aperture had that right level of polish.
     
  10. MrGIS macrumors regular

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    Not sure what your real needs are, by after putting it off, I finally committed to giving Photos a fair shake. While it's certainly not Aperture, I've come to realize it offers what I need in terms of a image catalog and organizer. The out of the box editing tools are indeed limited, but the use of plugins, particularly those from Macphun really do turn Photos into a viable option for the average weekend shooter (in my opinion).
     
  11. buttongerald macrumors member

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    I'm an amateur/hobbyist, however, I do really want control over my photographs on how I edit and store them. Even though I would much rather use an Apple application, I have moved on to Adobe's Lightroom.

    I only use Photos to manage photographs I take on my iPhone and nothing else.
     
  12. -hh macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for this heads-up. It means that next year's Christmas Card order for us will be forced into a new workflow ... and that since there will be an opportunity to shop around, that Apple is likely to lose out on that revenue now too.
     
  13. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    I really loved Aperture and wish Apple stuck with it. With that said, Lightroom has some really great features that have really grown on me.

    The ability to create smart previews and then store the original raw files offline is really nice. It saves a ton of space on my connected drives while still allowing full edits and whatnot.

    I also really like the Lightroom Mobile integration. I often import a series of photos and then rate them/flag them later on my iPad while relaxing. You can make edits as well if you built smart previews.
     
  14. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

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    I haven't dug into this too deeply, but I think you can order Christmas Cards via Photos.
     
  15. -hh macrumors 68020

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    I'm sure that one can do that ... but that would require moving the selected image into Photos to then make the order and so forth.

    But given how detestable Photos is, the answer is no: even if I end up paying more, I'll be taking my business elsewhere before I give the "Photos" authors any credit.

    Its the principle of the matter: a customer should not reward bad customer products/service.
     
  16. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    Especially when there are so many good options out there for purchasing low volume digital print online.
     
  17. dmw16 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone for the additional feedback.

    I think I'm just going to commit to being ok with Photos. I don't do enough to justify buying Lightroom or CaptureOne Pro and I already have enough expensive hobbies that I don't need to toss a new software purchase on the pile.

    I mostly preferred the layout and placement of functions in Aperture. It feels like Photos requires more clicks to get what I want done. But I'm not a pro and don't need super efficient workflows to take photos of my kid.
     

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