Originals Missing from Aperture

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  1. tomegun macrumors 6502

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    On my MBP, I have images that have the yellow triangle indicating the originals are offline. I couldn't find the originals, but when I look at Aperture on my iMac they are there. I tried to merge the library from my iMac on my MBP.

    The size more than doubled, but I am still struggling with offline images. How can I best solve this problem? I purchased the PhotoSweeper app, but my first time running it I didn't really see the desired results and didn't want to delete the photos.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    So you used photosweeper and that caused the issues?

    Are you storing the images in an Aperture library, or by reference? If the latter, were they moved from their original location?
     
  3. tomegun thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Photo sweeper did not cause the problem. I recently purchased it, ran it and didn't do anything with it after seeing the results. Nothing was removed/deleted.

    I am using the Aperture library.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    It just seems odd you used a utility that goes through you Aperture library to remove images and your masters are now gone.

    Did you try to manually view the library, i.e., right click it, then select show package contents?

    If it were me, and this suddenly occurred, I'd be looking towards that app corrupting my library.

    Do you have a backup of your Aperture Library and/or do you use Aperture's vault feature?
     
  5. tomegun thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The problem was there before I used the app. I guess I shouldn't have clouded things with mentioning the app. I guess my main question is this: the pictures that were showing offline were OK on my iMac. When I merged Aperture libraries, shouldn't I have a good copy of each of those pictures?
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Do you have a backup and as I mentioned did you try going into the container file to see if they're there?
     
  7. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Do I understand this right that you are using Aperture on a desktop and a laptop while trying to keep one Library? Most people who do this use a Referenced library on a removable disk that they swap to the computer they are using. That keeps everything in one place.

    Also, in regards to missing files, what's in the Aperture Trash? It's in the Sidebar of the app. When a file is deleted it first goes to the Aperture Trash and then must be manually emptied to the Mac trash.

    Dale
     
  8. flynz4, Dec 29, 2014
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    I agree with Dale. It sounds like corruption between multiple libraries. Having said that, Aperture is especially adept at allowing one to merge libraries together.

    Let's look at an example:

    Consider a "Main Library" on your iMac... with a project that has also been copied to multiple laptops: MBP1 and MBP2. Since you have a managed library... assume the iMac library is managed.

    You can have two different people working on the MBP1 & MBP2, performing independent tasks, ex: one doing Key-wording, and the 2nd doing Rating and image editing.

    Later, when those two copies are merged back to the iMac... both sets of changes are properly merged back into your main library. Note, this would also work in some cases even if both were performing similar tasks. Example if both people doing key-wording the both sets of keywords would be properly merged. It is a very powerful aspect of Aperture.

    Note that in the above example, the main library had originals so when the modified libraries were merged in... the metadata was updated in the main library, but the originals remained intact (like they normally do).​

    Now let's look how your case is different:

    For some reason, your main library is missing originals. I suspect that it is due to some sort of human error, as I have never seen or heard of Aperture just deleting originals on it own.

    You are merging duplicate photos back into your library... but as in the example above, only the changes seem to be merged back into the existing metadata. I suspect that is because these photos are already imported to your library. Hence, the originals (to the extent they exist) of the main library are being used... and originals from your subordinate are not being imported.

    Note that if you were to import new photos (i.e.: new projects created on your MBP) from your MBP into your main library... then the originals would be imported.​

    What I would do:

    1) Back up and clone every library that you have (probably twice)
    2) Establish a methodology going forward, where you have one main photo library where every photo "lives". Once you do that... every other library is just a dup, which can be deleted at will. Only then will our little human brains be able to know where things are.
    3) Follow the following steps to recover your originals into your main Aperture library
    • Select (by whatever means possible) every photo in your main library that is missing an original, and then flag them in some way. I would use color code "red" as that is a general purpose flag I use for temporary tasks like this.
    • Open your subordinate library. Select all pictures (you will have a "Photos" view at the very top of the side panel. Select it and hit command A)... and mark them all with a different color. I'll use "Yellow". These first two steps will help you keep track of the origin of various types of photos that you have.
    • Next I would determine if these missing originals are restricted to just a subset of projects. I suspect they are, so I will make that assumption for the rest of this recommendation.
    • For each project that has missing originals... go into your subordinate library on you MBP, select that specific project, and then export that project as a new library using the "Aperture>File>Export>Project as a new library". I'd select the desktop... or someplace unclutterd for the destination.
    • Open your main library, and use the "Aperture>File>Import>Library"... and then select the new library you just made in the previous step... and then when you get the pop-up... select "Add" (not Merge). This will re-import all the pictures along with the originals into your library.
    • A new project might have been formed (or possibly they were put into the existing project)... so if so, just select all the photos just imported and move them into the main project.
    • If not already set... set your display mode of your Aperture browser to show colors.
    • Now you can compare photos side by side... and when you find a match of a red and yellow photo... you can delete the red, and then change the corresponding yellow to "uncolored".
    • After you have matched them all up and removed all the red photos, you can delete any remaining yellow photos that are duplicates.
    • Repeat for all the rest of your projects with missing originals
    There may be other ways to accomplish the task (Aperture is extremely flexible)... but that is the approach I would personally take.

    Good Luck.

    /Jim
     
  9. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Have you tried the steps that I recommended?

    /Jim
     
  10. tomegun thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For some reason I just saw this. I will try it in the next few days. Thank you and I will let you know.
     

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