I'm a little late to migrate to Lightroom. I was an iPhoto user and then an Aperture user. When Apple killed Aperture, I switched to Apple Photos. I regret my decision.
Apple Photos does not meet my needs and I would like to move to Lightroom. In addition, I want to preserve as much as possible the organizational information (evaluations, keywords, metadata, labels, face tags). I think this is possible with Adobe plug-ins for iPhoto → Lightroom and Opening → Lightroom, but as far as I know, Adobe has not created an import plug-in for Apple Photos. Fortunately, I still have access to my old Aperture library before migrating to Apple Photos.
Can you help me develop an import plan that maximizes the amount of organizational data kept? These are the resources at my disposal:
Aperture Library 1.aplibrary(7.3 MB), which I only include to be complete. His
last openedThe timestamps are six minutes apart each other two years ago. Its existence seems to match the experiences of other users.
Aperture Library 2.migratedaplibrary(118.41 GB), which is born from my ill-conceived Aperture → Photos migration and appears to be actively modified by Photos but readable by Aperture. the Opening → Lightroom plug-in does not want to import a
.migratedaplibrary; he wants a
.aplibrary. I've tried to just rename that in
Aperture Library 2.aplibrary, and the plugin did not like that either.
iPhoto Library.photolibrary(7.4 MB), which I only include to be complete. His
last openedThe timestamps are six minutes apart each other two years ago.
Photos Library.photoslibrary(73.45 GB), the main file used daily by Photos.
- A backup folder containing Aperture reference image files (195 GB)
In general, I'll be able to tell where all my photos are based on the size of each library, but since Apple Photos stores so much data in iCloud, I can not be quite sure. I did not download all the originals on my iMac, but I can.
I imagine that the best result would be to import my old Aperture library (with metadata), to import my current photo library (only photos) and to perform a magic deduplication between them. I imagine that it's easy to mess up. The details scare me and I'm not sure I can turn my migrated Aperture into Adobe-compatible software. Opening → Lightroom import plug-in.