Aperture 3.6 and Photos
Q I have imported my Aperture library (96GB) into Photos and the iCloud Photo Library. I would prefer to continue with Aperture rather than moving over to Lightroom, and the major problem is in transferring any new images imported into Aperture, and then edited, across to Photos. As a workaround I have tried exporting images to the desktop and then importing them into Photos, but labels and ratings do not end up as keywords. I then tried Photo Stream, but again no labels and ratings were attached to the images in Photos. Neville Morgan
A Photos doesn’t have separate numeric ratings; it’s all just keywords. When you import the whole library, the ratings and labels are converted to keywords and Photos stores these with the image. But when you export individual images to a folder, Aperture doesn’t include all of the metadata in the exported file and labels are one of the casualties. This means that a workflow that moves images back and forth between Aperture and Photos is very awkward.
If anyone can think of a convenient way to do this and preserve all the metadata in each direction, I’d be very interested to hear it. For now, I think your practical choices boil down to ‘Photos only’ or ‘Aperture only’.
Photos has streamlined the way that images are rated and tagged, but it won’t suit everyone.