[moved from feedback to Aperture forum]
I would like to begin a conversation about migrating from Aperture to other applications. A number of questions come to mind, all based upon what we have been doing in Aperture. For instance:
1. Aperture allows us to store our files on an external drive, and manage our files with a referenced Library on our hard drive. This library has allowed us to view all of our pictures even when the original files are offline. We cannot edit them without connecting. The size of the Aperture Library is directly related to the ‘size/quality’ of the previews we select. Therefore, with limited hard drive capacity we are able to manage the size of the library. How do the other major programs handle this? LR, PS, DXO?
2. Most of us Aperture loyalists have decided to continue to use Aperture until we know more about Photos when it is fully released. In the meantime, I have upgraded from a Nikon D700 (12MP) to a Nikon D810 (36MP). The full Raw is over 3x the size. My settings are currently Medium 5 and 1920x1920. Can I reasonably reduce this to reduce the impact on my Aperture Library? I know if I don’t my referenced library will become huge.
3. So far I have not heard of any other application that will import the Aperture Library reflecting all of the edits undertaken with Aperture. Therefore, am I to assume that any Raw files formerly imported into Aperture will need to be imported into the new application and edited all over again?
4. If we decide to switch applications, what should our strategy be for retaining and storing our Aperture Library? Do we reprocess our entire library at a lower ‘quality’? If so, what? Or do we move our Aperture Reference Library onto the external drive on which the originals are stored without making any changes? Do we import our original files into the new application so we can continue to view them even without the edits? Or do we just keep everything separated and keep our workflow(s) completely separate? We will continue to use Aperture on our ‘old’ files until we have a problem and it no longer works. And we use our new application for all files after a certain date?
5. I was at the PDN Expo in NYC recently and visited the Mylio booth. This application was very interesting. Basically you can access your files from different devices and make edits as you wish. These ‘side car’ files (XMP) are then synchronized with the latest edits taking precedence. The key here is that you do not need to have your original files connected in order to make changes. However, you do need the original files to be connected in order to save the changes at some time. You are also able to specify whether you want the program to use Thumbnails, Previews, or Original Files to be used for viewing your pictures. Only Previews and Originals can be edited. Supposedly the entire Aperture Library can be imported so that the “Library” structure will be replicated. The program is new and evolving. The developers appear to be accessible and willing to listen. Does anyone have experience with this yet?
Many have said that we should sit tight and wait for what happens in 2015. I think that this is just postponing the inevitable. So instead of waiting, I wonder if it is possible to begin a productive conversation of our options; the benefits and liabilities of each; and suggestions. This is no longer ApertureExpert, but PhotosExpert. I’m game.