Fix collection naming in Lightroom after Aperture import

February 28th, 2015

I’ve created another open-source project, which helps you fix the collection names created by Lightroom when you import from Aperture.

It’s a pretty basic script, although it took a while to figure out all the hoops to jump through. Hopefully this will help someone else!

Get it at

After using Adobe’s Aperture importer, you’ll find all your Aperture projects have become Collection Sets in Lightroom, with a collection called ‘Project Photos’.

Fair enough… but then when you sync them all to Lightroom Mobile, all the collections you see on your iPhone/iPad are called ‘Project Photos’. Hardly helpful!

So, this script fixes it.

  • Every collection called ‘Project Photos’ is renamed using its parent collection set
  • Projects imported from Aperture that had no sub-albums are turned into a simple collection, rather than a collection set with one child collection.

Feel free to tweak the script to behave differently!


Syncing photos to iPad from Aperture

June 9th, 2010
Syncing photos to iPad from Aperture
Syncing photos to iPad from Aperture

I’ve got a couple of discoveries to share that might help you control which photos end Jo in your iPad when syncing from Aperture 3.

I wanted to be able to sync and have an event or album for each project, which is generally an event in my library. However, i don’t want every single photo I’ve saved from each event. Syncing a smart album that collects my good photos (4+ stars) meant all my photos were in one big bucket.

However, after playing around, I found that rejected photos don’t get synced, and more interestingly, only the pick from stacks get synced.