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Fri, Nov 21, 2014 6:47 PM

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Lightroom: Aperture import not working - stuck on "Checking Aperture Library"

More challenges getting my Aperture Library in to Lightroom. When I select the Plugin Extras and choose Import Aperture Library, Lightroom automatically goes in to some sort of Checking Aperture Library mode. It's not giving me a chance to PICK the Aperture Library I want to Import. I wanted to start with a very small library for a test but it apparently is going right to my monster 1TB Aperture Library. I'm guessing that's the case since it it's checking the Aperture Library that's on the drive the big library is on. There does seem to be an option to tell the program where to go but the auto option kicks in and I can't get to the SELECT button. Screen shot attached. Good grief I wished this was easier. Any one know of a way to stop the auto Checking Aperture Library tool from starting?

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Adobe Administrator

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6 years ago

Are you running the recent update to Lightroom 5.7?

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Any other thoughts about this issue?

Adobe Administrator

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I'm checking with the Lightroom guys to see if they have any suggestions.

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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Any news here? My Lightroom trial will expire before I even can import things and test it. :)

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Any suggestions?

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Jeffrey, did you hear anything about this yet?

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6 years ago

Yes, the most current 5.7. Using a MacPro 6 core, 32gig of ram with both new Lightroom Catalog and Aperture Library on Thunderbolt 2 8TB hard Drive. About as much speed as you could ever want and it is DOG slow.

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6 years ago

Hello all,

I just downloaded the Lightroom trial tonight (11/23/2014) to see if I can move there from Aperture as well.

My Aperture library is 2.2TB or so, also stored on a Thunderbolt Promise RAID. Although my main computer is now out of commission, Aperture runs fine on my 8GB Macbook Air laptop, as does Lightroom - if I could get it to do anything.

It has been running python at 100% CPU for the "Checking Aperture Library" for several hours now.

What should I expect here?

Thanks!

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6 years ago

My 1TB Aperture Library finished in about 12 hours. I left the machine running over night and came back the next morning. I then had the chance to finally select a different 26GB library, the one I originally wanted to try, and Lightroom then when into check mode again. I didn't have the time to let it go for the many hours it might have taken so I Quit Lightroom and moved on. Haven't attempted it again since. Waiting to see if Adobe gives us a better update.

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6 years ago

Hi Daniel,

I left it running overnight and 16-ish hours later I'm greeted by this maddening message: "The importer plug-in supports libraries maintained with Aperture 3.5.1 and later. An older library is currently selected. Please note that errors may be encountered if you proceed."

Wonderful. I run 10.8.X and not the newer versions of OS X because I find that Apple makes more steps backwards than forwards lately. That also means I can't upgrade to Aperture 3.5.1 from 3.4.5 (let alone the 3.6 that is required to use with 10.10).

Well, I guess that rules out upgrading to Lightroom (or Capture One for that matter, as it requires 10.9), and just sticking with Aperture, at least until I pull the trigger on 10.9. (Definitely not going to 10.10 until Apple fixes its major security problems with "handoff" and the like.)

Thanks,

Doug

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How about temporarily installing 10.10 in a separate partition to run the newer version of Aperture?

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That's not a bad idea, Victoria. I probably wouldn't do 10.10, but definitely would do 10.9. Maybe I will try to make a copy of the library and upgrade that, as I definitely wouldn't want to upgrade the original. I wonder how I install 10.9 on an external hard drive... Hm.

Shame that I will have to go through the whole 16-hour ordeal again. I have to plan on doing this during a time when I have nothing else going on... which definitely isn't this week what with the holidays and traveling with the laptop!

Thanks,

Doug

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Well, I did exactly that. It took most of the day to copy the 2TB Aperture library to another drive, install OS X 10.9 to yet another drive, and then run Aperture 3.5.1 for a 5-minute library upgrade. Then I booted back into my real environment (running 10.8) and ran Lightroom.

Now the Lightroom "Checking Aperture Library" is running again. I'll know more in about 16 hours I guess!

To anyone who wants to avoid the Lightroom "Checking Aperture Library" problem at startup of import: Open Aperture, create a new Library, make sure it's selected, and close Aperture. Then Lightroom seems to take only a few seconds "Checking Aperture Library" on the empty library (which it actually says has 1 photo, go figure).

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6 years ago

Despite the previous I figured I would try the import anyway, for grins; who knows, maybe it would work.

So I hit "Options" and then enabled "Previews from Aperture" checkbox "For images which have been adjusted in Aperture, import full size previews from the Aperture Library (if they are available and up-to-date)."

Well, joy of joys, the "Checking Aperture Library" box immediately re-appeared and it looks like clicking a single checkbox will now require another 16 hours of waiting.

This importer seems to be very broken in terms of usability with libraries of any sort of size.

Cheers,

Doug

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6 years ago

Wow, great idea on how to circumvent Lightroom from hanging for hours on end due to a large library. It concerns me that Adobe has no clue on the size of library's many Aperture users have if they built this software in a way that doesn't give you the chance to select a library BEFORE it goes in to check mode. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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6 years ago

Well Daniel there's a worse problem.

I finally started the import this morning at almost 9AM. It's now 2PM (5 hours later) and it has imported only 144G of almost 2T - over 160,000 pictures. The first imports were very fast, but the program has slowed down noticeably since then, and there are only 14,500 photos copied. It's as if the software is not optimized for importing large amounts of data and each import takes longer than the last (like doing a naive insertion sort or something).

Even if it doesn't slow down any more, it means it will take at least 55 hours to do the import. That means Thursday at 4PM it might be done. Well, I don't know about you but I'm going somewhere Thursday morning for the weekend and need my computer.

I really think you're right. I don't think Adobe folks really understand exactly how large a library people have in Aperture. And Aperture is FAST. Or was, before it was abandoned.

Cheers,

Doug

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6 years ago

Thanks for the update Doug. I agree, the Lightroom Importer doesn't seem ready for Prime time for large Aperture Libraries. The sad part is you and I are the only ones on this thread, not a good sign of enough interest from others to make this all go away.

Good luck and at least have a good holiday.

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6 years ago

I just did a brief test. Over the course of 123 seconds it managed to import 78 pictures, a rate of about 2/3rds of a picture per second (or two pictures every three seconds). I'm up to 15,139 pictures imported out of, as I said, over 160,000 (I think it's 168,000, but I have 176,663 in my Aperture Masters directory, so some are probably in the Trash or duplicates or something).

This indicates an import will take about 2 2/3rds days.

I'm thinking maybe I should just use my test upgrade to 10.9.x and try Capture One. Which would be a shame, as I have thousands of my photos in DNG converted originals which are right up Adobe's alley.

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6 years ago

Just another bullet point on performance.

4,292 seconds to import 2,374 photos.

1.8 seconds per photo, or 0.55 photos per second.

Looks like Lightroom's Aperture import is not useful and is much too slow, and getting slower.

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6 years ago

Great real world situation that proves we're still in dire need of something more powerful. I appreciate you keeping track of all this and how it's going.

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6 years ago

And of course... the operator screwed something up and unpowered the external drive and all that work is now lost.

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18,593 pictures imported.

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Oh. And I'm the operator. :)

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6 years ago

Doesn't it just stink when there is nobody else to blame Operator Errors on? Sorry for your pain. Hang in there.

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6 years ago

It's disappointing to hear nothing from Adobe. Well, I guess I will move on from considering Adobe Lightroom as an alternative to Aperture. If it can't handle my 2TB, 160,000+ images then I will find something else.

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Indeed, it's disappointing that the plugin isn't working very well. However, many LR users have catalogs larger than 160K images. So if you don't find a better alternative, you could consider manually migrating your Aperture library to LR:

http://lightroomsolutions.com/article...

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Thanks for that reference. I had seen it when it first came out (before the Lightroom import plug-in) and decided that Lightroom wasn't worth using if I had to do it that way. Unfortunately, that is unchanged.

I guess I will upgrade to 10.9 or 10.10 (I hate upgrading, you never know how long it will take you to get everything working again) and try Capture One Pro, see how that goes.