Aperture to Lightroom

*** Nerd Alert ***

This blog entry will probably be of little interest to most people who read my blog, but, for those photographers who, like me, are using Apple’s Aperture and Abobe’s Lightroom, this may be of interest.

This past week, Apple released the long awaited version of Aperture 2.0. I was an early adopter of Aperture, pretty much the day it came out. I loved the idea of what it provided me in terms of a powerful database and editing application. Soon afterwards, Adobe introduced a public beta of Lightroom. And the battle began.

To make a long story short, after more than a year of using Aperture, I decided to migrate 50,000 photographs to Lightroom. It was a painful decision and lengthy process to move my photographs from Aperture’s library package to Lightroom.

However, one of the things that made it easier was a little AppleScript that I had a programmer friend write for me and I have decided to post it for those who, like me, have decided that Lightroom is the way to go.

The script basically looks inside your Aperture library package and creates symbolic links of your entire library, or individual projects, depending on where you point the script. It doesn’t bring over any of your RAW enhancements/corrections or anything like that. It’s simply designed to make it easy to extract your photos from the Aperture library package and get them into Lightroom without having to drill down through hundreds of folders. This script looks for Canon and Nikon RAW files, PSDs, TIFFs, and JPGs and creates symbolic links (aliases) to the original files in a new single folder. You can then use Lightroom’s import command to move or copy (copy is probably safer, especially if you want to retain your Aperture library) your photographs into Lightroom.

*** The Legal Disclaimer ***

Always back up your photographs before attempting something like this. I make no guarantees or assurances if you choose to use this script and I am not responsible if you use it incorrectly and you have any data loss. Only that it saved me hundred of hours of migrating an enormous Aperture library. Use this script at your own risk. Experiment with a test project before extracting your entire Aperture library.

Here is a link to the Aperture Extracter script.

I hope some of you find this as useful as I did.

I may yet continue to use Aperture 2.0 for some of it’s features in limited capacity, but I continue to be a very happy and satisfied Lightroom user these days.

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