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Going from Aperture to ????? Need advice!!!
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May 28, 2018 12:25:05   #
kevinssunshinephotography
 
I’m one of those guys who loves Aperture and carefully preserves the lastest version and galleries. I have probably 70,000 images over 15 years catalogued into around 500 folders. I’m not being a cheapskate but just couldn’t imagine giving up all the details (face recognition, locations, edited images, folders, etc.) and the hassle it would be to convert to photoshop. I KNOW I MUST DO THIS EVENTUALLY, but have no idea of the best product for conversion or the easiest transfer process. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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May 28, 2018 12:38:28   #
G Brown
 
You will get told to use Lightroom. But you could also use Darktable which is free.
Depending upon your File system (where the images actually reside) I think you will need to re-apply your search criteria to every image in any new programme. Could you not keep Apperture available for your old images (it is downloaded) and then start a new catalogue programme from now on...with whatever new programme you decide on.
OR there could be a nifty file transfer programme that includes your keywords etc. Not something I have had to bother with.(sorry)

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May 28, 2018 13:30:01   #
rgrenaderphoto (a regular here)
 
You will be told to use Lightroom Classic CC, which is good, because it is the gold standard in photo editing, and a lot easier to learn than Photoshop. Oh, it's $10/month, which will be worth it since using Lightroom will lessen your stress level and you will live longer.

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May 28, 2018 13:53:48   #
Cdouthitt (a regular here)
 
LR would be the easiest transition.

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May 29, 2018 11:20:22   #
IDDOC
 
Since you have been using Aperture I assume you are on a Mac. If that is true, then moving you entire library to Photos is an option, and is easy. I did that some time ago. I now have my entire library in both Ap & Ph on my iMac. In addition, I have Luminar 2018 available for both and am waiting for Luminar to come out with their "catalog management" component to then have a single, all encompassing app. Hopefully I can then use Luminar exclusively as a stand alone.

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May 29, 2018 12:10:46   #
adamsg
 
I just recently got Luminar 2018 and am studying it intently. It seems to be a very usable and rather powerful program and I want to use it to replace Graphic Converter, Photo Studio (a freebie with an OS upgrade on my Mac) and View NX2. With a couple more weeks of enforced idleness due to surgery, I think I can get a good jump on learning Luminar and using it. It seems pretty user friendly.

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May 29, 2018 14:14:00   #
JBGLADSTONE
 
I guess I am kinda lost on count. Using my Canon 80D I have a picture count that is now like 9983 . So I am using this as my counter. Is that a correct count ?

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May 29, 2018 14:41:54   #
Kuzano
 
So, regardless of the fact that your system works and you can find the images you want, when you want them. Someone, or many someones told you YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR SYSTEM EVENTUALLY. Or was this some divine spirit who threw this command in your path.

You didn't indicate you were having any problem, other than you don't know how to cull you keepers and not keep everything.

What's wrong with your current system. I have been tracking and using Windows OS files and folder systems for over twenty years and even have a relatively usable "tags" system. Listen to your inner being and "Do It Your Way". Perhaps everybody else is wrong.

There is an apropos definition of attorneys. If you sit around a conference table of ten attorneys, you will come away is twenty or more interpretations of the same law. Works the same way with Photographers. Particularly with catalog based data bases like Adobe uses in all their systems of organization.

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May 29, 2018 16:40:14   #
f8lee (a regular here)
 
Kuzano wrote:
So, regardless of the fact that your system works and you can find the images you want, when you want them. Someone, or many someones told you YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR SYSTEM EVENTUALLY. Or was this some divine spirit who threw this command in your path.

You didn't indicate you were having any problem, other than you don't know how to cull you keepers and not keep everything.

What's wrong with your current system. I have been tracking and using Windows OS files and folder systems for over twenty years and even have a relatively usable "tags" system. Listen to your inner being and "Do It Your Way". Perhaps everybody else is wrong.

There is an apropos definition of attorneys. If you sit around a conference table of ten attorneys, you will come away is twenty or more interpretations of the same law. Works the same way with Photographers. Particularly with catalog based data bases like Adobe uses in all their systems of organization.
So, regardless of the fact that your system works ... (show quote)


Yes, well, there is a constant cloud over the heads of Aperture users in that nobody knows when the next upgrade of OSX will make it useless. This isn't some simpleminded opinion - Apple officially dropped support for it years ago and has effectively threatened to turn it obsolete. And before your wittily reply (well just don't get the OS upgrades) there will be a point where the computer will crap out and whatever Mac is used to replace it will have the latest OSX.

While your OS level folders and tags are certainly viable and useful, they only go so far. LR Classic CC, like Aperture, has, for instance, facial recognition capability - and when one has tens of thousands of images taken over a decade or longer period of time (as I do) this can become quite handy. For me to find all the photos I have of Aunt Griselda is child's play - good luck doing that with base-OS level filing systems.

So, to succinctly answer your question, what's wrong with keeping Aperture nowadays is the very real risk that it will not work in the future - next month, in 3 years, whenever - and it's better to get on the front side of the problem rather than sit around and wait to see what happens.

And to the OP - you might want to check out a program called Aperture Exporter - https://apertureexporter.com/ - which was specifically designed to make the transfer from Aperture to Lightroom as painless as possible (and yet it still is no walk in the park). Know that Lightroom only works in what is known in the Aperture world as referenced files, so if that's how you do things in Aperture now the move is a little less daunting.

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May 29, 2018 18:10:03   #
sippyjug104 (a regular here)
 
Affinity Photo is value packed and amazing powerful and quite frankly, Photoshop like in its functionality. By the way, it retails for $50 and the best part is, you own it forever.

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May 29, 2018 19:51:03   #
f8lee (a regular here)
 
sippyjug104 wrote:
Affinity Photo is value packed and amazing powerful and quite frankly, Photoshop like in its functionality. By the way, it retails for $50 and the best part is, you own it forever.


I believe the issue with Affinity (among others) is that it does not have the cataloging and mass-updating capabilities that Aperture had (and LR has).

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