So I upgraded to Aperture about a year ago when 3.0 came out. At the time, I was an extensive user of iPhoto (people really underestimate how good that software is!), and was scared to mess with the library, so I imported it as a referenced library into Aperture.
It was rough at first, and I did it several times - my iPhoto Library is large (some 130GB), so you can imagine the ordeal it was.
Anyway, I eventually had it all up and running, and after a year of keeping it referenced in my Aperture Library (which has its own set of nightmares, with dozens of rebuilds being needed), I am considering very soon to actually consolidate the masters into Aperture entirely, mostly because I am running out of space on my main internal drive, and I know getting rid of the iPhoto Library will be a boon.
However, as I AM running out of space, I cannot just click on “Consolidate masters”.
I am thinking, therefore to do the following steps:
1) buy a new external drive.
2) copy my iPhoto Library over to the external drive and delete it from my internal.
3) Open Aperture and relink the iPhoto Library reference to the external copy.
4) Consolidate masters.
Am I thinking along the correct line? I am hoping consolidate just copies over the original files from the source library and that Aperture already as all my edits and adjustments from when I first referenced my iPhoto Library. In other words, it should be EXACTLY the same, just that now the master files (nearly all jpegs) are just situated within the Aperture Library instead of the iPhoto one.
Would my attack be appropriate? that is, deleting the iPhoto Library before relinking? Or does that not matter? (I thought if two iPhoto Libraries existed, it may not allow me to relink to the external correctly).