Lightroom 5.7: Trouble importing Aperture Library

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I just installed LR5.7 (Mac Mavericks), and am trying to import the Aperature library, but it says there are no photos there, even thought it is showing the library, which has about 90 gigs of photos. Can somebody please help me with this?
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Ed Quigley

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Michael Starmer

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My import button does not allow me to select it. So I'm stuck. Currently running MacOS 10.9.5, : 2009 MacPro
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Ed Quigley

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I figured out what the problem is, Michael; you have to be running Apertre 3.6, which only runs on Yosemite. I'm pretty sure that that's what the deal is; I'm holding off on moving on to Yosemite until they get all the problems straightened out. I have just 1 friend that's running it, and he's had no problems, but as of Friday, there are still a ton of negative reviews on the Yosemite download page at Apple, so as I said, I'm going to wait. Thanks for the response, though.
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Michael Starmer

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Thanks Ed for your help - Major bummer for me
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Ed Quigley

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Yeah, me too, Michael; the reason that I updated my LightRoom program was the ability to import, and finding out that I've got to wait. . . As you said, major bummer! Hang in there.
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Joohyeong Lee

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Well, I'm getting the same problem, and I'm running Aperture 3.6.
... lol?
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Ed wrote, "You have to be running Aperture 3.6".

Hmm, that conflicts with Adobe's help and with what others have reported. Adobe's help says 3.5.x is supported:

http://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/a...

Victoria Bampton states in her blog that the plugin requires 3.5.1 or later:

http://www.lightroomqueen.com/ready-m...

And a user in this thread reports the plugin working with 3.5.1 libraries:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

He also reports that the plugin produces the message, ""The importer plug-in supports libraries maintained with Aperture 3.5.1 and later."
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Joohyeong Lee

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It doesn't show me any messages, just hangs there with Import button greyed out. I have no idea what the problem is.
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Ed Quigley

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Man, I saw both of those posts, but I'm having no luck at all, so. . . I did see on Victoria's blog, that others were having the same problems that I am, so I just assumed it was because of the reasons that I gave above. I guess at this point, I'll just keep watching, and hope someone comes up with something that will work for me! Thanks for the comments, and keep 'em coming; nice to know that I'm not alone here. . . And I am using Aperture 3.5.1, and LR 5.7, so Yosemite is the only thing missing for me.
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I don't think Yosemite is an issue here. If your Aperture is 3.5.1, it should be fine. And it isn't, so as mine. There must be other factors, but I have no idea which are.
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Anyone have any luck with this yet? Same problem here. Adobe is clueless.
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Ed Quigley

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I actually was able to overcome the problem and successfully import my Aperture library; IF I remember correctly, what I had to do was to add the plug-in I downloaded into the actual Lightroom program (through LR's preferences pane), which I had NOT thought to do. I thought I could just click on the plugin without going through that step. Good luck!
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Jim Pixley

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Thanks but in 5.7 it's built in already
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Maureen Ward

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I've got the same problem. Running Yosemite (10.10.1) + newly subscribed Lightroom (5.7.1); have run the pre-installed Aperture plug-in, selected source & destination folders & import button is grayed out. Have tried to find the plug-in on Adobe site to re-add, but searches on Aperture yield nothing.

Has anyone tried, post plug-in, the protocol Adobe published as a pre-plug-in workaround?
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I am still dead in the water, but will try some of these suggestion when I get back from vacation. Thanks for keeping this thread alive, I hope to have success in the new year.....
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Well this might be working. Having nothing to go on and tech support not getting back I have broken my Aperture library down by year. Select all the events in a year and select "File" then "export project as a new library". This takes all the events for that year and makes a new Aperture library of just those events. Now run the Lightroom plugin on just that smaller library and it runs. Only a few photos didn't import and are automatically put in a "notImported" folder so they are easy to find. Yes you have to cut your library up (which takes lots of time) but this method leaves the original Aperture library alone so no chance of harm. I have 100,000 images so I am cutting it up to around 20,000 each import. It would be nice if the code people would at least have the thing come back with "too many images" or something. Best of luck. I'm still not done as it looks like this will take 3-4 days. A note: I did have Aperture regenerate full size previews of the entire library first so the cooked JPEGS of all my edits would come across which was 18 hours.
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Maureen Ward

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Worth a shot! Thanks for sharing. Will report back on how it goes.
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Maureen Ward

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Bingo - it worked! Now to laboriously great multiple libraries. But at least it will do the trick.
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I have just spent a week transferring my Aperture 3.6 library into Lightroom 5.7.
Until I stopped trying to import the whole library - approx 500Gb, and broke it down to 2 year bundles of about 150Gb, I did not have any success. It is now working and each of the sub-libraries can be imported into the same Lightroom catalogue.
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Thanks Hugh - I ended up doing the same thing, breaking down my 400GB library by year and importing each.
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Jim Pixley

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I also had to break my 897GB library down by half and re-break down the half that wouldn't run. Many days later I found one Aperture Event that was the issue. The funny thing is that the one file that caused the problem was an Elements file I accidentally ended up somehow putting in the Aperture Masters library years ago. I Moved it and it finally finished. An Adobe file? Really? This plug-in isn't ready for general use yet.
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Ok that was good info as i am having the same issues.. all apps are up to date and yosemite friendly... everything i have is in projects, new project for each shoot usually.

So to ask what may seem a dumb question...

How does one go about breaking down a library to managable size for the move to lightroom?

Thanks
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I am having the same problem. Can someone describe in detail the process for breaking up the Library. I opened the "show package contents" and see all kinds of files, by year,then month, etc..

Many thanks,
Carl