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No real answer to my only question (so it seems) #1
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by Graham Hodge
July 21, 2013 - 9:04pm

My photography has changed, I am satisfied with using mostly my iphone5, sometimes iPad and occasionally a small Canon S95.

On a recent overseas trip the iPhone was invaluable because of the geotagging and other cool things that Apple provides.

More than that, Aperture, after years of trying to understand it, continues to confuse me and has proven to be much more than I need or want.

I now regret moving from iPhoto to Aperture, and yes, I know that both libraries sync nicely now, but I wish I could move completely back to iPhoto without loosing and data or image quality. iPhoto now does a much better job with photos than it used to, as I am sure everyone here agrees, and from what I have read here and elsewhere…a complete migration seems to be impossible.

I guess for now I will just try to cope with a divided situation with my 40,000 image library until a solution is available.

Taking Pics in Tassie

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by Grace Suarez
July 22, 2013 - 3:39am

Ditto. I just came back from a day trip to Bodie Ghost Town. Forgot my Main camera so I took the pics with the iPhone 5. They were great! I even took shots through the windows into the interiors by putting the phone flat against the glass. I think I would like to move back to iPhoto. Maybe I’ll use iPhoto Library Manager to split up my giant collection.

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by Thomas Emmerich
July 22, 2013 - 8:07am


When you open an Aperture library with iPhoto you only loose a few things that are Aperture specific (like books for example or adjustments that only Aperture does).

What exactly are you concerned about losing?

Derrick Story has created an entire training course on using iPhoto and Aperture together and in it he explains what you lose when you share the same library between the two programs. The course is available on There are a couple of free movies but you need to be a member to watch the entire course.



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by Graham Hodge
July 22, 2013 - 8:09am

Yes, the iPhone is good. My Canon DSLR has been gathering dust for some time now. Our trip was a cycle tour of Brittany so the iPhone was much smaller and lighter to carry. At the end of each day I was able to transfer the days’ shots to the iPad, edit with something like Snapseed and send photo pages to family with Everpix, all in minutes.

On our return I found the mapping function more useful than ever before, I know it’s not new, but I never found much use for it before. IPhoto showed me the location of each shot, so no more “where the heck was that taken”.

Taking Pics in Tassie

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by Graham Hodge
July 22, 2013 - 8:17am

Thanks Tom, yes I am a great fan of Derrick Story. Some time ago I did join Lynda and followed his sessions on Aperture.
However, for my old brain Aperture is too big, and too complex for my needs. Trouble is, I feel kinda locked I to it. I heard that its possible to export images from Aperture to another drive then create a fresh library in iPhoto, but that seems a lot of messing around.
I just don’t like like using two tools for a job when one will do and iPhoto is more my level.

Taking Pics in Tassie

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by Walter Rowe
July 22, 2013 - 11:47am

Graham. You can open your Aperture library in iPhoto. No loss of anything except the features and products unique to Aperture. And you can later open the same library back in Aperture. So no worries.

In Aperture, select the menu option File > Open Library In iPhoto. It’s that simple. After that you can always just open iPhoto. Later, in iPhoto select the menu option File > Open Library In Aperture if you want to switch back. The libraries are now interchangeable between Aperture and iPhoto.

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by BonnieB
July 31, 2013 - 2:14pm

Well supposedly since last year, the library databases are compatible, so you can open the same one in either iPhoto or Library. If you’re updated to the proper versions and it works (40,000 files does leave a space for things to go wrong), that would solve your problem quite nicely.

Aperture 3.3: Using a unified photo library with iPhoto and Aperture

Using the Unified Photo Library

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