How to import adjusted images from Aperture to LightRoom

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I am planning to migrate my photo library from Aperture to LR. There is a nice plugin in LR to facilitate the process but it has a great disadvantage which for me is a showstopper at the moment, it imports the original RAW files that of course do not contains the adjustments. Yes, it imports all metadata (star rating, keywords, etc) plus it replicates the Aperture structure of Projects, Folders and Albums into equivalent Collections but not having the adjustments the whole process is useless. I am certainly not going to reprocess 6000+ photos!

It would have been nice if the plugin converted all RAW into JPEG during the import process.

At the moment the only way I can think of is:

1. Export all adjusted images from Aperture (called Versions) into the highest resolution JPEG inc metadata
2. Export all keyword and their hierarchy from Aperture
3. Create manually (!) Collections in LR to mimic the same structure of Projects, Folders and Albums of Aperture
4. Import all photos exported with step 1 into LR
5. MANUALLY ASSIGN THEM TO COLLECTIONS in LR. This is going to take ages

I can't believe I am the only one facing this problem but I couldnt find another way by searching the net

Help please!
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john beardsworth

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When you run the plugin, click the Options button. The first item is "For images which have been adjusted in Aperture, import Full Size Previews from the Aperture Library (if they are available and up-to-date)".
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John, what I understood is that the option you refer to imports small JPEG files showing how pictures looked in Aperture and they are not at full resolution.

I found a third-party app called Aperture Exporter that could be the answer. Still work to do but better than the LR plug-in
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I could not get the LR plug-in to work. Tried Adobe Lightroom support. I have roughly 18,000 images.

I downloaded aperture exporter. The export is still running, it started the first time I tried it. It will take over five hours. So far it's worth every penny of the $22.

I am most excited about the fact that it exports RAW files!!!! I thought that the raw files in Aperture would only be retrieved in a tiff or JPEG format. It saves filenames and folder structures.

I wouldn't bother with the export, except that with the next Apple operating system Aperture will not run at all. There will be no Aperture after Yosemite. So we long time aperture users have no choice but to export if we want to preserve our old files.

Keeping fingers crossed all works well, no further posts means good news.