I'd like to start with a “Happy New Year!” to all interested members of ApertureExpert.com and of course to Joseph who manages this great information resource for Aperture.
I have been using Aperture now for quiet some months and I have both enjoyed and hopefully learned some basics while studying “In-Depth Getting Started with Aperture 3”, “Work like a Pro Photographer in Aperture 3” and - most recently - the “15 Tips on File Management in Aperture 3”.
I use to shoot RAW+JPG and I really appreciate Aperture's features to handle the file pairs appropriately. With respect to the Tip #11 (Working with RAW+JPG Pairs) I found it especially remarking that you can e.g. import the jpg files first, then make some first selections or ratings and then import the “Matching RAW files”.
So far the theory which really sounds promising as the option to include only those RAWs that apply to a currently set filter would be just gorgeous. The problem I encounter is the following: There are no matching RAW files found after I have successfully imported the “JPEG files only” in a first step. Note: I take advantage of the renaming options Aperture has to offer. I rename my originals according to my personal pattern as it has been recommended also many times in the above mentioned resources.
My finding now is - please correct me if I am wrong - that the Matching RAW to jpg files feature seems to work as long as I keep the original file names (e.g. DSC_9555.NEF + DSC_9555.JPG) on import. If I employ the renaming options - which I intend to use for obvious reasons - no matching RAW files will be found in the second part of my import workflow.
I appreciate any idea on how both renaming and the “first jpg then matching RAW files” import could be performed successfully.