I'm curious about how many use (that is, check) the “Create new version when making adjustments” preference (under the Advanced Tab) and how many do not (leave unchecked).
I've implemented Scott Davenports Aperture workflow (http://sdaven.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-aperture-workflow-january-2013-upd…), but it works best when this preference is NOT checked. I would take the time to explain why that is only if someone is curious.
My question is why you do or do not use this preference. Personal taste, true. But do you also have reasons for using or not using.
When not checked you are in danger of accidentally deleting your original. I realize it can be retrieved, but that is not my point. For example, you import an image, select it and begin making adjustments. The adjustments show on that very same original version (or thumbnail). This is fine, and new versions can be created doing a right-click and selecting “Make new version from Original.” BUT say you later look at that adjusted version and say “I don't like it” and delete it. Suddenly you discover you have no “unadjusted” original in its place — that is, you have deleted the version AND the original since, in effect, they were the same instance of that image displayed in your browser. Again, you can retrieve the original in Aperture's trash, but that is a nuisance and you also might forget before emptying the trash.
That is why I have always used the preference to create a new version when making adjustments. Yet, sadly, it does work against the workflow mentioned above.
The benefit of using the “create new version” preference is fairly obvious — it always keeps an instance of your untouched file displayed in your browser. So, I suppose my questions is really, “Why do you NOT use that preference (if that's the case)? What benefit does it serve for you?