Not Worth It
I spent 20 bucks on this app and ended up having to export dozens of my folders manually. This does not work as well as advertised. I contacted the developer for a refund, and he wanted to blame my computer (which is brand new) and the Aperture library (which was in perfect shape). Don’t waste you rmoney like I did. This could be the last app I buy via the App Store. The Apple refund policy does not protect you from junk apps like this. If Aperture hadn’t been scrapped, I would have never looked for this app.
AWSOME PRODUCT AND SUPPORT
I was trying to move over my Aperture library for three days and countless hours on the phone and screen shares with Adobe support with not luck. I was able to do a walk around by importing Master files which had absolutly no organization just 39k pictures in Lightroon. NO THANKS!! Adrian was very very helpful in tweeking his program. Seems to have been an issue with my Aperture Library. My advice would be pay the $20 get the program and get your Aperture Library imported with all of the organization that you had in Aperture. I had absolutely no interest in spending countless hours reorganizing my Aperture Library in Lightroom. My Lightroom Library now looks exactly like what I had in Aperture. All the photos came over organized by years and subcatagories. Awesome!!
This App recscued me from the chains of Aperture
I’ve been an Aperture user since the first version, and I was very happy using that pro app until Apple announced the product's end-of-life, leaving us pro’s out in the dark unless we wanted to switch to their new consumer app, Photos. That was not going to be sufficient for me. I was excited last year when Adobe announced a beta version of their Aperture to Lightroom importer, so I got on the beta test team. My excitement, however, soon turned when they omitted the specific features I needed to keep my meticulously organized, 330,000+ image libraries intact. It was then that I considered Exporter for Aperture for the first time. I exchanged a few emails with the developer, but decided to wait. Fast forward to last week, when I finally decided to jump in with both feet. I purchased this app and started testing it, but decided a couple of additional features would make my transition even better. The developer, Adrian, was very kind and responsive, providing those requested features and test updates in record fast time. The transition will now retain all the important aspects of my Aperture libraries. Now all I need to do now is learn LR as well as I knew Aperture.
Great tool, great support
I tried Lightroom’s built in export tool, but I wasn’t very happy with it. Here’s why I used Exporter for Aperture: 1) Manually added GPS data is exported (LR doesn’t do this). 2) Existing project structure is mapped to folders (LR maps all images to a date hierarchy). 3) Exports edited photos in the same structure (LR can’t do this). 4) Automatically makes a bunch of tags/keywords that are helpful once you start working in LR. I suppose a lot of the functionality of this app could be performed manually from within Aperture, this app will save you a ton of time. I had a few issues with some keyword bugs but the developer was super responsive and eager to fix things. I highly recommend this if you’re moving from Aperture to Lightroom.
Easiest import ever
After much thought, I decided to bring my 18,000 photo Aperture library into Lightroom. Exporter did a fine job without incident. I broke the Aperture library down into 5 smaller libraries for ease of operation. I particularly liked the ability to save adjusted images as either jpg ot tiff as a function of the rating - brilliant. This program made the process very simple. albeit time consuming. Very little interaction was required. Only caveat is to make sure the default location for the new files is where you want it. I missed that and filled my SSD so had to delete and start over again since I keep my photos on a separate HDD. Nice job!