I'm thinking the Merged Library option in Aperture 3.3 is pretty awesome but I'm a little scared to do it. I use both Aperture and iPhoto pretty extensively, but for pretty different reasons.
- Photos & HD video from my DSLR (Canon 5DMKII, plus a few years worth of Rebel XT)
- Photostream NOT enabled
- Photos and video from my iPhone as well as all other old photos (pre DSLR)
- Photostream enabled
I'm using Referenced Masters (now called Originals) in Aperture, but of course, iPhoto does not have this feature, so my iPhoto library is significantly larger (131GB vs 35GB). My actual Masters folder for Aperture is currently 413GB. This is stored on an external Drobo.
I would prefer to keep my Aperture library as my main source library for any edited images, but don't want it to get bloated with my iPhoto library. I'm also worried that it will get harder to keep organized by merging the two.
My workflow for iPhoto is now very easy. Shoot on iPhone and it automatically makes PhotoStream events for each month. If I decide I want to create distinct events within a month, I can go ahead and do that. Occasionally I will use PhotoSync to move my iPhone videos over since PhotoStream doesn't work with videos.
My Aperture workflow is very much manual. I create Projects as I shoot, but since I'm using Referenced Originals, I organize my Master folder by year and project (project folders start with MM-YY designation for organizational purposes)
When you merge an iPhoto library with Aperture, how does it handle the Originals? Managed or Referenced? And if it's Managed, can it easily be switched to Referenced so the library stays as small as possible?
My iPhoto library currently contains over 25k images whereas my Aperture library has less than half of that.
I've also noticed that when I open my Aperture library in iPhoto, iPhoto doesn't seem to retain all of my keywords, but it retains some. This seems like a bug. Anyone else notice this? I've created a lot of smart albums in iPhoto based on keywords that I don't want to stop working. How well have you all found keyword syncing across both applications to be? It seems ratings are syncing just fine.
What have your experiences been with merging libraries? Good idea or messy? I like the idea of having one main library that contains all images, but don't want either app to get bogged down.