RAW Image Archival with Aperture?

I really like Apple’s Aperture for image management. At first I thought they keywording system was not quite up to par with the best system I’ve used (KPhotoAlbum), but then I found a third method (Keyword Controls) that got closer and then a fourth method (the Keywords sub-tab of the Metadata Inspector). (The first method is simply typing full keywords into the appropriate Metadata field and the second method is the Keyword HUD drag-and-drop system.)

Even with all of these methods, there are still a few kinks, but that’s not the point of this post. This is about what to do with RAW files after I’m done generating the JPEGs. My previous workflow resulted in burning the RAW files to DVDs and saving only the JPEGs on my system. With Aperture, however, the RAW file becomes the Master image and is basically inseparable from the image itself.

What I really need is an action (most likely an Automator script) that can archive a Project, Folder or Album in such a way that all of the metadata is preserved with the archive but the RAW is removed from the Library. The Master left in the library would most likely be a JPEG with optionally reduced resolution. Ideally, the system would still let me make further image modifications, but with a warning that the original was unavailable and the edits may be sub-optimal, and it would allow me to access the archived data if desired.

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  1. #1 by whall on May 2, 2008 - 12:08 am

    I think I have way too much of an addictive impulsive personality to afford letting myself buy an Apple.

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  2. #2 by Ren on May 2, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Wayne, could you elaborate on that?

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  3. #4 by Philip J Beyer on May 4, 2008 - 5:54 am

    hey Ren, unfortunately, i don’t have a solution for you. to stimulate your search though, i wanted to let you know that i’ve been using some software to do the same thing for iPhoto for a few years now… iPhoto Library Manager – http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/

    if you do figure something out, you’ll have to let me know cause i’ve been interested in switching to Aperture if/when i get a better camera.

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