I've been thinking about Aperture 1.5 and how its going to affect my workflow. My camera's RAW still isnt supported (unless they slip 10.4.8 out this week too, which should hopefully support my Pentax), but i prefer converting to DNG first anyway.
For anyone who hasnt read it, there's an interesting 'first look' article here:
Which contains some interesting tidbits, including:
Aperture's reference architecture is so well-implemented that it really doesn't feel significantly different from working with embedded images. However, there is one important caveat: referenced images are not backed up into Aperture Vaults, the program's built-in backup system. While your previews, versions, and all metadata are backed up, the original referenced master file is not, so you're responsible for backing that up on your own.
The Relocate Masters dialog box gives you a simple but very powerful tool for moving your masters while preserving all links to your library. Along the way, you can use Aperture's automatic renaming, and even tell it to generate a hierarchy of folders. After moving, your Aperture library will still look exactly the same. Aperture will simply reference your images in the new location that you specified.
This, to me, sounds like an excellent feature for archival purposes. Let me explain:
The setup I have (or at least, will have very shortly) is this:
Laptop: MacBook 1.83Ghz, 2Gb RAM, 120Gb HDD
Hackintosh: Pentium D920, 1Gb RAM, 100Gb SATA boot disk, 160Gb SATA RAID Mirror set (2x 160Gb drives)
My workflow, as i've outlined before, uses Aperture mainly as a processing tool - a 'digital darkroom' as well as an archive of all my shots. Once processed, I export each shoot or project to iPhoto, for viewing in Front Row and for uploading to the web.
What I plan to do is this:
- Install Aperture 1.5 on the MacBook, and put my entire Aperture library on there (currently 20+ Gb of data).
- Connect MacBook to Hackintosh via GigE crossover cable, mount Hackintosh's RAID set
- Create Vault on the RAID array, perform full backup.
Thereafter, my ongoing process would be:
- Process shoots on the MacBook (connected to my CRT for dual-display goodness).
- For each processed shoot, export to iPhoto, then perform a 'Relocate Masters' as indicated above, to a directory named 'Archive' on the RAID array.
- Keep the Vault on the RAID array up to date.
This I think gives me the best of both worlds - allowing me to have processed, finalised images in my iPhoto library for viewing, and having my entire stock library with me at all times, albeit with the processed originals offline. It might even be possible to connect to my RAID array using AFP-over-SSH, if I really, truly, desperately need to get the original RAW when i'm not at home.
This also means that all of my data is duplicated redundantly - either its in the Vault and therefore is backed up to the RAID mirror, or its archived data on the RAID mirror. Either way there are at least two copies of every file, as well as the Aperture library itself.
The beauty of the Relocate Masters command is that it removes the original from being part of the Vault. This might not suit some people, but it suits me down to the ground with this setup.
Anyway... any thoughts? How are other folks tackling backup and redundancy?