How to break up Aperture Library for import to Lightroom

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I know from previous discussions that for some people the import button plug-in on Lightroom 5.7.1 is greyed out when trying to import from Aperture. I am having this problem. One solution mentioned is to break up the Aperture library into smaller pieces.

But what is the specific procedure for doing this? Can anyone provide a detailed step by step? I notice that the library is filed by year, month, etc..

Or, if there are any other ideas for sorting out the import, could you let me know. I am currently on a Mac, Yosemite 10.10.5. Aperture is version 3.6.

Many thanks.
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I'm not an Aperture expert, so someone may come along with further details, but this may help: https://discussions.apple.com/message...
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Thanks, Victoria.

Some folks have done this to get the import plug in to work in Lightroom. However I only have about 9000 images in total.

Do you or others know a way to import photos from Aperture into Lightroom without using the plug-in, which in my case is greyed out?
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It's a solution I've recommended myself, but you shouldn't need to do it for 9000 photos.

If the plug-in's completely greyed out, double check that Aperture 3.5.1 or later is installed. There's more blurb here: http://www.lightroomqueen.com/ready-m...

The other alternative that's had a lot of success is this: https://apertureexporter.com
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I do have Aperture 3.6, so that isn't the issue. I will try your recommendation and let you know how it goes.
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I used Aperture exporter to transfer all my files. It worked fine and then I imported all my folders- about 200 - into Lightroom. Again, no problem. But I noticed that in the Library window on the left pane there was a folder marked Desktop. I don't know what it was doing there, since I moved all my photos to a new folder in my Pictures Folder. So I deleted the Desktop folder and everything disappeared - all my folders in the HD window pane in Lightroom. They are still there in my Pictures Folder. And all the photos are still there in the catalog window under "all Photographs".

I tried undoing, but never got the file folders back in the Folders window of Lightroom.

Is there anything I can do? Help!
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Ignore my last post. I restarted Aperture and all the files reappeared. I don't know why they all disappeared though.

BUT I did notice that quite a few photos were dimmed and did not get into Lightroom. Many of these were jpegs - nothing weird. Any reason for this?
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Where were they dimmed caspler? This is in the Import dialog? If they were dim and didn't have a checkmark, it's because LR thinks they're duplicates of ones already in the catalog. If you want to import them, you can uncheck the File Handling panel > Don't Import Suspected Duplicates checkbox.
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They were dimmed after importing.

Thanks for the advice. That made a difference.

However, there were a few file folders that were not imported using Aperture exporter. So I manually moved them into the folder in Pictures where I am storing all my Lightroom photos.

I then clicked the import button, navigated to the folder where they are stored, clicked import, but none of them showed up at all. Not even dimmed. I know they are in the Pictures folder, and unclicked the Don't.import suspected button, but they don't show up.

Ideas?
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Hi Victoria. Sorry to bug you again, I am feeling a bit overbearing by imposing one question after another on you...But you have been very helpful.

I am trying to move (click and drag) a few photos in the Browser View from one folder in the Library to another. Fo the most part it works, but some don't. When I drag to the folder I want, nothing happens..

Ideas?

Thanks for all the help.
Carl
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Hi caspler. Happy to help, but I'm not quite following you.

> I then clicked the import button, navigated to the folder where they are stored, clicked import, but none of them showed up at all. Not even dimmed.

Hmmm. What file format are they? Are they missing file extensions or something like that? Files that are not supported (e.g. BMP files) don't show in the Import dialog. Others like PSD files saved without Maximise Compatibility enabled just show up as grey thumbnails and then show an error message when importing.
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> I am trying to move (click and drag) a few photos in the Browser View from one folder in the Library to another. Fo the most part it works, but some don't. When I drag to the folder I want, nothing happens..

No question mark on the folder? What file type? There isn't a file of the same name at that location?
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Carl, I wonder if you previously opened the Aperture library in Apple's Photos app? If I remember correctly, this changed the Aperture library's name, giving it a different extension instead of Aperture's ".aplibrary". Restore that extension and Lr would recognize it.
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Thanks John and Victoria.

I figured out the problem. I was trying to drag the photo by clicking in the margins of the thumbnail (where the star ratings are located) and dragging to the new folder. When I clicked onto the centre of the thumbnail and dragged, it worked fine.

Sorry for being so low on the learning curve!

Carl
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Oh well done Carl! Well spotted!
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Thanks for all your help. I suppose it's time I started learning from the various "how-tos" and videos, as opposed to just random clicking, dragging and experimenting.

Related question: what site do you recommend for the best tutorials on Lightroom?

Carl
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I'd have to go with mine Carl! ;) I have a free Quick Start eBook designed to help new users get started at www.lightroomqueen.com/quickstart
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Consider me signed up :)