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Export Project As New Library #1
Graham Parker's picture
by Graham Parker
April 12, 2012 - 9:21pm

Just wondering what you all do.

If and when I export a project as a new library and then merge the newly formed library into another library the original project still exists in the original library. Do you delete this project.

Just reread this and may not make sense. see below for more details.

Library 1 Project A
Export project A as new library.
Result Library A
Merge Library A with Library 2
Result Library A/2
Project still exists in Library 1 (what do you do with that? delete it?)

PhotoJoseph's picture
by PhotoJoseph
April 13, 2012 - 2:26am


Yep, delete it. If you don’t you’ll end up with version confusion down the road.

Just be sure the new one is backed up before you delete.

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by PhotoJoseph
April 13, 2012 - 2:27am

Oh also, check this conversation that’s going on on a similar topic:


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PhotoJoseph's picture
by PhotoJoseph
June 30, 2012 - 7:23pm


Without masters you can’t do any editing to the photo except to work on metadata.

However exporting masters or not will never delete the originals.

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Ruud Polmans's picture
by Ruud Polmans
June 25, 2012 - 5:19am

I have a similar question. I’m new to aperture and started to use it as of version 3.3.
During export I get the question: include originals?
What will happen if I do not check this box, do the export and delete Project A in Libray 1?

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by Seamus
April 9, 2013 - 3:28am

Hello Aperture Expert,

I exported a “Project as New Library” as I jettison projects I have not accessed in some time.

Should I have selected the “Copy originals into exported library” and “Copy previews into exported library” options when presented with a dialogue box?

I selected neither option and the project seems to have still exported to a new library.

Thank you. :)

David  Moore's picture
by David Moore
April 9, 2013 - 3:52am

Seamus you’ll get more responses by starting a new post… but this works too.

You don’t have to include the original images with the library, Ap will remember where they are. Your exported lib is now a referenced Lib. If you included them in the lib you’d have a Managed Lib. Previews can be rebuilt later if needed. They take up some space so for archiving a lib its not a bad idea at all to leave them off. You did good

Cheers dbm
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Scottsdale AZ

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