PhilBurton wrote:Stepping back a bit, if you were starting from scratch, what would be your best practices to either avoid being in this situation, or fixing it after the fact?
That is a tough call, but I will try…
Migrating to another program can cause problems, but the divorce from Aperture was painful despite considerable testing. Apple packed the application, the settings, the edits and all images into ONE huge package file (probably unknown in the Windows world).
In retrospect (if possible) I would not import images which had left Aperture into PSu until I had been comfortable using the interface on a regular basis.
Then I would rename the (original Aperture) folder structure to suit the form I had since discovered more workable under PSu. That is naturally individual. Also I would NEVER select the option "create catalog labels from folder names" on import!
The default allocation of Places to misc category would still be a problem because (besides other fields) I usually add Location, City, State and Country during import. Studying PSu labels system was left until another day, so I had only been using the keywords fields in the Details panel until very recently. Now I just use Assign, but the mess with multiple labels has occurred.
A new user needs to get their PhD in PSu first to avoid such problems. None of this is obvious or intuitive to somebody who has never used PSu or another DAM before. Wonderful if you have the time and even especially if you are a professional librarian or researcher making their money from cataloging. I just need it to keep track of files which a defunct program, used to do adequately. PSu has many more functions, but I don't really need them. How does the saying go, however, having tasted blood… ?
I am now using PSu on a daily basis and the train is moving, so switching is difficult but not impossible.
(This is my opinion on the fly, which I what Phil wanted. I hope it doesn't digress to another discussion as the original thread is still very valid.)
Never say never change, but using Mac since 2005. Photo Supreme 184.108.40.20605. I endorse the interoperability of files between applications and systems.