3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 5, 2014 12:21 PM by mouldman99

    Changing to Lightroom from Aperture


      Hi. I am currently in the process of exporting all my images from Aperture into lightroom and I have two questions that I hope don't appear too dumb.


      When I have completed this exporting process and I have finished with both i-photo and aperture can I uninstall these two programs from my computer.


      I think that this export process makes copies of my images in the specified folders so Aperture and i-photo should no longer be required, but I am concerned that all my photos may disappear.


      I have backed up my library so things could be restored but I would prefer not to have to do this.


      Any help would be appreciated.

        • 1. Re: Changing to Lightroom from Aperture
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Unless Apple sold I-Photo to Adobe, you need to ask in a Mac forum

          • 2. Re: Changing to Lightroom from Aperture
            photo-enthusiast Level 2

            Highly suggest using the Adobe Aperture plugin that was released a few weeks ago do move your library.  Best practice would be to:

            1) backup your iphoto or Aperture library

            2) convert to Lightroom

            3) validate you have all the information/data/files you need/expect

            4) WAIT several days or weeks

            5) reevaluate if you have everything you need

            6) delete your old iPhoto or Aperture library

            7) use the "find missing photos" command (or whatever it is) in Lightroom to make sure you haven't deleted any images it is referencing


            Not sure about iPhoto, but the Lightroom plugin will copy any files that are "managed" (within the Aperture library package), and NOT COPY any files that are referenced (lie outside the Aperture library package).  Therefore, it would only be safe to delete the Aperture library when complete, not any externally "referenced" images.   See #7.


            Unfortunately, a backup is your best bet, and keep it for as long as you feel necessary.  I've had to go back several years to my CrashPlan backup to find missing images here and there.

            • 3. Re: Changing to Lightroom from Aperture
              mouldman99 Level 1

              Thanks for the detailed reply photo-enthusiast. I think possibly the most important piece of advice you give is to wait several days or weeks. Acting impulsively could, on reflection, be disastrous.

              Thanks again.