I switched to Mac about 6 months ago. At that time I also started Aperture 3 (prior I was using PS elements 5).
I have about 15,000 plus images, and they are from 10 years of photos, scans and digital images.
Recently 3 different aperture projects with 75-300 pictures in them failed to load photos, I have insured that no filters are blocking the images...ie filter is set to show all...I can find the photos in there location (a WD 750GB external HD) with finder; however I cannot get aperture to load the photo previews. The only way that I have been able to see the photos in aperture at all is to create a new library and import the photos in the new library; however I loose all the work that was done to the photos in the previous library.
I have posted questions in Apples forum, as well as aperture expert website forum with no response yet.
Here is a brief look at my current set-up:
2009 15" MacBook Pro
Latest OS, 10.? set up to automatically update OS
Aperture 3 (box set) no download also updated automatically
WD 750GB external HD where all photos are stored, connected directly to computer USB port
Imported to aperture3 with: CF cards (Lexar 5n1) card reader through USB port; SD cards through the SD reader on the 15" macbook pro 2009 model
Aperture 3 import settings: New project (name project XXX) Files copied to external WD 750GB hard drive...Dir structure as follows
WD/pictures/date/xxx.jpg or xxx.nef
I usually do nothing during the import/copying phase; however ocassionally will look through the images as the library is processing.
Once all processing is complete some tagging, and coding of the images are done
after that export versions of the 5star images to a folder on the desktop
from there create CD
Then delete folder from desktop
This has been my work-flow for the last 4-5 months with no issues.
Recently; however I have been experiencing crashes during almost every editing session, and what is more disturbing than the crashes is photos missing in project libraries, the library info has the photo count but cannot see any photos.
I have verified that I do not have any filters hiding images.