Originally Posted by AppleInsider
The guide, titled "Making the Switch from Aperture to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom" (PDF link
), outlines a step-by-step process
by which current Aperture users can migrate photos and projects from Apple's app to Adobe's subscription service.
THAT is one heck of a stupid way to migrate. If this is an indication of Adobe's IQ level I give them a single digit. Stupidity to the max. Not only are they wrong on a few of their statements, they also have you use up massive amounts of disc space, where many photographers use SSD for speed, making this 'migration document' an expensive. Export and then copy
instead of moving
? Why would I want to retain the exported photos if I can simply redo that step for any reason?
Take note of the most important thing in LR: "Lightroom cannot read adjustments made in Aperture." This I understand, somewhat - the software adjustments are most likely propriety software from Apple and inaccessible to Adobe. Anyway, when they say: "For any photos you have edited in Aperture, you should transfer the original plus a .tiff file with adjustments applied. Then, in Lightroom, you can organize the original and the .tiff file so that they appear alongside each other." I feel like they don't get a photographers' workflow at all. I mean, how much free disc space do they expect from us to have? This action alone already triples the amount photos take up now, and that is without calculating in the larger exported versions
as opposed to original photos out of Aperture.
Do yourself a favour so you don't need to take my word for it. Take a photo, make adjustments. Now export the original
, the adjusted version
and also take a look in the Finder at the original photo file
: see the file size difference.
Also, take note of these tiddybits from that .pdf from Adobe:In addition, Lightroom cannot read Aperture color labels, flags, or custom metadata fields. So, before you export your originals, use Smart Albums or the search filter to find images by those attributes, and apply corresponding keywords (for example, Color-red, Flagged, or Meta-ModelRelease-Yes).
Q: Is there any metadata or information that will not be transferred in this workflow? A: The following metadata is not be transferred to Lightroom:
• Color labels*
• Custom metadata fields* • Places information
• Face information
• Light tables
• Web journals
• Web pages
Oh, and also make note that exporting your original photos is not the same thing as copying them from the Finder to somewhere else: Aperture does indeed modify a photo when exporting it as an 'original'. See the file size grow, of ten by as much as 30%. Photos I shot with a D40 back in 2006 that were 740KB are over 1MB when doing an 'export original' in Aperture. Also, photos imported through iCloud get the "Photo Stream" keyword added. You might want to strip that out in Aperture before migrating to LR.
Originally Posted by jlandd
That's not exactly a stamp of confidence from Apple. Photos isn't out yet. When it is I guarantee the second or third minor Yosemite update renders Aperture incompatible ( for no actual technical reason). Photos and Aperture will not coexist except for a cursory short period. Otherwise no Aperture user would ever bother with Photos.
Migrating before that time makes perfect sense.
1. Strange guarantee you're giving here. Apple even said Aperture will remain working after upgrading to X10.10. Heck, even FCP7 works on the new version.
2. Why think, or say, that photographers won't bother with the new Photos app without having used it? I don't expect all Aperture features to be available in Photos, but they might, be it from Apple or 3rd party plug-ins.
There are no guarantees here, but Apple sure is paving the road ahead. Once again.
Originally Posted by justbobf
The trouble with migrating to Lightroom is that only the original or the modified file will follow. Many, many of my photos have adjustments to them. Both iPhoto and Aperture save the original and the modified version of the photo. (Apparently Aperture saves the modified version as non-destructive instructions only.) If I understand this correctly, migrating will only bring over the original or the modified version. (Perhaps this does not pertain to RAW files.) So, this will not do for me. I'll wait and see what Apple has in store. Their brief presentation showed some potentially very exciting features. Apparently, the software will try to make several common adjustments at once, but will have toggle arrows to allow access to the individual adjustments and finer control. Very exciting to me!
Indeed looks like we need to choose between transferring over the originals or the modified photos. I for one am choosing the latter, but will retain the original Aperture library as well.
LR I am weary of, and probably won't invest time into it to see if that is a 'viable solution'. Too time consuming, but if reports are positive after they released their migration tool I'll rethink that.