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Old Jun 16th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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Hope someone has an idea how to do this.

I am using Aperture 2. I would like to move a photo "project" I had created on my MBP to my iMac. I know Aperture has an export function and an import function.

Specifically, I was able to have the MBP "export" the project along with all of the photo files into an Aperture ".approject" file.

I then moved this ".approject" file from my MBP to my iMac. On my iMac, I then opened up Aperture and "imported" this project. Everything worked. However, I normally do not store my photo files in the Aperture library itself. I like to store the actual image files on my external drive (ie. as a referenced file). When I imported the project into my iMac's Aperture application, it doesn't seem to give me any option with respect to where the actual photo files will be stored. The files went right into my Aperture library.

Is there a way to import the "project" and at the same time have the image files stored as referenced files on the USB harddrive attached to my iMac?

If not, once the project is imported, is there an Aperture function that I can use to move the files making up this project to the USB harddrive.

Yes. I know I could have just moved the photo files and then created a "new" Aperture project on the iMac. But I really wanted to do the export/import within Aperture because this allow me to retain all my my "versions" and any other edits, selections, etc., that I have already done on the MBP when I first started working with the project.

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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 02:36 AM   #2
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DONT DO THIS>

Although it's what I would try.
Export from machine #1 then import into Aperture on machine #2. But your thinking I don't want all the master RAW files in the Aperture Lib container. Right click show package contents. Then move out all your RAW files to where you want them. Then reference them in Aperture.

I DIDN'T try this, and you shouldn't either, but it might work. Before you do backup.

My lib is a mess let me know if it works. If you didn't already figure out another way. I'll try it later in the week once I recover from all the HD's that keep failing on me.
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Jonathan,

Here's what I did. Sort of a two step process. I couldn't do it in one step.
  • I exported the project from one computer (the Macbook Pro)
  • This created a single file that I copied over to the iMac
  • Once this file was on the iMac, I imported it into its Aperture library
  • At this point, I wasn't given a choice where the image files will end up. By default, it ended up in the Aperture Library, on the main hard drive
  • Once it was fully imported, I moved the files onto an external drive (there is a command within the "file" drop down menu that allows you to do this. I don't have my Mac in front of me as I write this)

So I found out that it was doable, but I had to do it in several steps. I could not do it at the same time as importing this library.

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