9 of the Best New Features in Bluebeam Revu 2015

Whether you’re an engineer, architect, or in the field, a paperless workflow solution like Bluebeam Revu makes coordination and collaboration easier for everyone. That’s why I was very excited to learn about some of the new features in the latest release of Bluebeam Revu 2015.


#1: Capture 2.0

I thought Capture was excellent in Revu 12, but 2015 has taken Capture up a few notches. Capture 2.0 now attaches images directly into a markup from the camera tool or a file. This capability also extends to videos as well. That’s right, videos! Video capture and playback is now available directly from the markup in Revu. The markup list now includes a column for Capture so that you can quickly find markups that include photos and videos. However, the column list is still not alphabetized, so you may need to hunt for things.

#2: Batch Slip Sheeting (eXtreme only)

Slip Sheeting is a fact of life for any construction project, and Bluebeam Revu eXtreme takes on the challenge with Batch Slip Sheeting. This tool automates the process of keeping file sets up to date. Append, Prepend, or Replace (“Slip Sheet”) existing pages with new versions quickly transferring all your hyperlinks, markups, spaces, and bookmarks to the new version of the sheet. Old versions of the file can also get stamped as part of the batch. What will you do now with all that extra time?


#3: Batch Compare and Overlay

A new dialog box might not seem very awe-inspiring, but the change from “Set A and Set B” to “Current and Revised” makes much more intuitive sense and is a welcomed change.

#4: Cloud+

Combining clouds and call out text markers is what we have been doing for years on paper. With Revu 2015, we can now do it on a PDF. The Cloud+ markup tool (use the quick key “K”) draws a fantastic cloud and then prompts you to draw the callout lines and type your notes.

#5: Markup Tool Scaling

Toolsets can now have a defined scale, which means they’ll know how scale they should be when you place them. This functionality applies to the entire toolset group, not just the tool itself. Imagine calibrating your document and creating furniture markups that automatically scale. How cool is that?

#6: Sketch Tools

The most requested item from fellow Bluebeamers was drawing to scale. Well, your request has been answered! Polygon, Polyline, Rectangle, and Eclipse tools can now be quickly created to scale. You can even key in scale values directly as you draw them.

#7: Sets 3.0

Everyone loves Sets (and if you don’t know what Sets are, shame on you). Sets enable your team to navigate a single page PDF files as if it were a multi-page PDF file. In Revu 2015, several new changes come with Sets:

  • To help manage large drawing sets, you can now categorize Sets by Architecture, Interior Design, Structure, MEP, or whatever kind of categorization you want.
  • Manage revisions with new automatic filters and even copy or flatten markups, hyperlinks, spaces, and bookmarks when the set is updated.

#8: Spaces 2.0

If you avoid using Spaces in Bluebeam before, then you will now with the new improvements made in Revu 2015. Spaces group markups together by location, like a floor or a wing or building. Now, you’ll have the ability to do more with your Spaces like copy and paste them to other pages or different files, create an area measurement from your space, and add hyperlinks to and from your Spaces.


#9: Studio Enhancements

Bluebeam Studio is underused and underappreciated, in my opinion. Most Bluebeam users don’t even know it’s there! Studio is a free cloud-based storage and collaboration platform built within Revu. The project collaboration tool is now enhanced to include:

  • Project Folder Permissions allow even more ways for you to control the rights and access to your project files.
  • Sharing project files have never been easier. With Revu 2015, you can share a PDF with anyone, even if they don’t have Bluebeam, set how long you want the link to live either 24 hours or the lifetime of a project, you even protect your assets with a password.
  • You can now keep Studio Sessions going for the life of a project and send information back to the project without having to finalize your Session.
  • Ever have Studio Projects that seems to have lived on even after project completion? Now, you have the ability to set Project expiration dates that will automatically restrict markup activity and session access as well as notify your attendees.

If you haven’t tried Bluebeam Revu yet, then now’s the time to get started. Download a free trial from our website.

Have questions about how Bluebeam can integrate with your current CAD or BIM solution? Connect with me on LinkedInTwitter, or post a comment!

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Splitting PDF documents with Bluebeam Revu.

I hope you knew that Bluebeam Revu could combine multiple PDF documents into one multipage document with ease.  Did you know that it could also split a multipage document into individual PDF files as well?  Did you also know that you could have it automatically name each sheet from the text that is on each of the sheets?  You didn’t,  Well let me show you how.

  1. Start Bluebeam Revu.
  2. Open the document you wish to split apart. If you would like to follow along with my sample file, you can download it from here.

    Bluebeam Revu Split Document

    Open Bluebeam Revu

  3. As you can see from the screen capture above, this set of architectural drawings has six sheets, and luckily they are all named Layout 1. Our first step is to rename the pages to their page number and their sheet name.
    Note: Adding both the sheet number and sheet name is a new feature in Revu 12.
  1. To rename the page label names pick Create Page Labels in the thumbnail panel.

    Change Page Labels in Bluebeam

    Change Page Labels in Bluebeam

  2. Once selected a fancy dialog box will appear. Choose select and draw a box around the sheet number on the page.

    Create Page Labels

    Create Page Labels

  3. Add a space after [Region 1] and pick the new Add button to select the region around the text of the sheet name.
    Selecting the Region

    Selecting the Region

    After adding the second region, you will also see a preview of what it will rename the sheet with the data it has gathered.
    Note:  You cannot have any “/” or other weird characters in the name. Windows will not allow those special characters in the filename.  Also, the text you put in the region must be selectable within Bluebeam Revu.  You may need to OCR the document for the text to be selectable. You may need to rename some of the sheets to get these to comply.
    Once you are happy with the results, press OK to accept the naming.

  4. Now you can pick OK to agree on the range of pages to change. Bluebeam Revu will now find the text within the regions and rename the page labels to the information it has found.

    Pages renamed

    Pages renamed

  5. Finally, we can get to split the Document.
    From the Document menu, select Pages then Extract Pages.

    Pick Extract Pages in Bluebeam Revu

    Pick Extract Pages

  6. In the Extract Pages dialog box, select the options you want.  Make sure you pick use page label to name files, or the files will not be called the page labels we just renamed.  Also, if your document has many pages, you may want to unselect Open Files After Extraction. Don’t forget to change the range to all pages or the range you desire.

    Page Extraction Settings

    Page Extraction Settings

  7. After picking OK, you will then be asked where to save the extracted files. Once you select the folder pick Select Folder to create you PDF files.
Hope you enjoy splitting documents as much as you like creating them.


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7 Tips to better E-Learning

E-Learning has been around for a while, but it is becoming more and more popular with the advent of broadband Internet.  Today we stream HD video to our computers and even our phone without even thinking about it. I believe that learning companies wanted to do this all along, but bandwidth was holding them back.

Here are some tips that I picked up along the way that is helping me and my students make the most out of E-Learning:

1. Find the right style

There are many different types or styles of E-Learning you can choose from:

  • Video Demonstrations
  • Book Downloads
  • Virtual Classrooms
  • Live how to sessions with experts
  • Webinars
  • Google Searches
  • Forum sites and YouTube

The trick is to find the right solution for you. The solution that works the best for me is a mixture of video demonstrations and Book downloads. I learn from watching and doing, but I need the book later for reference.

Many E-learning sites offer free trials, take advantage of that trial and explore what they have to offer, who knows you might just learn something as well.

2. Be prepared

Remember how your teacher in school would always say if you forgot something, “So, you didn’t come ready for class?” Figure out where you are going to be learning, are you going to be learning at work, home, school, a library or the local Starbucks. You need to make sure you are prepared to learn, not to goof off or heaven forbid work.  Here are some quick tips:

  • Clean your work area.
  • Clean your browser, don’t use the Web Browser you have all your bookmarks in, use a different browser.  I am weird, I use Safari for personal stuff, Chrome for work and Firefox for learning. Make the default home page for that browser the site you will be taking the training.
  • Get a nice notebook and pen/pencil to take notes. I am using an iPad Pro now with the Apple Pencil; it’s fun and searchable with the Penultimate and Evernote apps.
  • Print out any material you may need for the class.
  • Block out enough time to complete the task.
  • Have a clear goal of what you want or need to learn.
  • Don’t eat a heavy lunch or dinner before, some of the online lectures are dry, and you need to stay awake.

3. Get good speakers or comfortable headphones

You need good speakers or headphones. I invested in a good set of Bose speakers for my computer, and I love them.  If you need to use headphones, make sure you get some that are comfortable and have noise cancellation. Video producers always say that the audio makes the video, you know what they are right.

4. Get two monitors or screens

You need two screens to do this right. One screen for the content the other for the software you are learning. You don’t want to alt-tab back and forth to see what they are doing and compare to what you are doing; it wastes time.  Sometimes you can follow along at the same time, other times you need to pause the video to catch up. Hint: Your iPad or second computer can be a second screen as well. Use all the tools you have in creative ways.

5. Preload your software on your computer

Once you decide that you want to learn, or your company decided for you. Get that software loaded the night, day or even week before you start learning. Nothing kills the learning buzz like a 2-3 hour download of software. You will also want to make sure that your web browser is ready and has all the proper plug-ins, so update Flash now. When you start your E-Learning, you will want to sit right down and start.

6. Begin Sunday or Saturday night

If you are using trial software or are using a time-limited trial, start learning on a Sunday or Saturday night. Starting on Sunday gives you next Saturday day and Saturday night to finish; especially if your trial software only gives you seven days to use the software. What I am getting at is make sure you have enough time set aside to take full advantage of the time.

Get that honey do list completely done on Saturday and let everyone know you need to learn, so stay away. If you set the ground rules and get the stuff you need to get done, you won’t be disturbed to take out the trash, or hang up that picture.

7. There’s more than one pond

There are many sites to learn software from, make sure you explore what website and style you like the best. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Global eTraining provides a mix of video demonstrations and printed handouts to teach you Autodesk software.
  • Lynda.com has been doing e-learning for a long time and has quite a library of different software they including Microsoft, Autodesk, Adobe software to name a few.
  • Kelby Media Group Some say they are the king of Adobe software; I tend to believe them. Photography learning is their specialty.

Also, don’t forget to check the website of the software manufacturer. Most of the time you will find free resources and training there.

Finding a method that fits you best may take trial and error, but I am sure that you will find a way that works best for you.  Hopefully, these tips will make your E-Training experience enjoyable and productive.  Remember today it’s not sufficient to keep current, to truly excel you need to stay ahead.


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The Fab Four tools for drawing efficiently in AutoCAD

AutoCAD has been in the wild now for 31 years as of this writing. Over the years we have seen many changes, and over the years many experienced AutoCAD users have tried to keep up with all the new stuff.  In this post, I am going to talk about what I call the Fab Four: Polar Tracking, Object Snap, Object Snap Tracking and Dynamic Input.  These tools have been in AutoCAD for a few years now but it seems that most users either don’tknow about these tools or given up on them because they don’t understand them.

First, let’s explore each one in detail and understand what each one does. Then at the end of this post you will find the video that shows you the steps.

Polar Tracking (F10)

Ortho is the command we think of when we want to draw a line “straight” or at a 0, 90, 180 or 270 degree angle. Polar tracking snaps to any angle you set, but still allows you to move your cursor freely.  There are two major advantages to polar tracking over the old Ortho command.  First, polar tracking allows you to “snap” to any angle other than 90 degrees. Second, Polar Tracking allows your cursor to move freely and thus allows you to draw at an angle other than what you set.  These two features make polar tracking a much better choice than Ortho.

AutoCAD Polar Tracking

Polar Tracking

Object Snap (F3)

Objects snaps have been around for a long time, the OSNAP command was introduced with AutoCAD 2.0 (Release 5 or 1984). Object snaps allow you to snap to existing objects in AutoCAD. I normally only have Endpoint, Midpoint, Center, Intersection and Extension turned on when I do “normal” drawing.  I use the Shift-Right Click menu for over rides, or when I am in “automatic pilot mode”, I type the first three letters of the OSNAP and press enter to override the running object snaps.

AutoCAD Running Osnap

Running Osnaps

Object Snap Tracking (F11)

Object snap tracking, or AutoTrackTM is a feature that helps you draw objects at specific relationships to other objects.  In other words, you can use existing objects in your drawing as reference points to find an intersection of where two lines would intersect.  The secret to use Object Snap Tracking is to hover your mouse until you see the green plus or the object snap name pop up, also you can hover over a green plus to remove the tracking point.  Remember that you must have object snaps on to get this thing to work.

AutoCAD Object SnapTracking

Object SnapTracking

Dynamic Input (F12)

Dynamic Input gives you a heads up drafting interface, that is it gives you the information AutoCAD thinks you need right at your cursor. What’s more useful is when you draw something, move or anything that requires a second point, it switches to “relative” mode for you.  So, if you want to draw a line from a point 10 units away at a 45 degree angle you do the following:

  1. Start the line command
  2. Pick a starting point
  3. Move your mouse in the direction you want the line to be drawn, move it farther than that.
  4. Type 10 and press TAB, then type 45 and press enter
  5. Press enter again to end the command
AutoCAD Dynamic Tracking

Dynamic Tracking

Voila, you have a nice line that is 10 units long and at a 45 degree angle.



As AutoCAD continues evolves every year, we need to take some time and look at the new features and learn what they do.  As professionals we can’t just sit back and watch the AutoCAD world go by and just keep using the new tool the same way we have always done. We must invest in learning how to use the tool better. There are plenty of resources out there to learn pick the learning method that works for you and start tonight.

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Missing Bluebeam Plugins in Revit or AutoCAD

If you install Revit, AutoCAD or Navisworks after installing Bluebeam Revu, your plug-ins will not be installed or some say missing. The reason this happens is because Bluebeam Revu installs the plug-ins during its installation, not during the installation of AutoCAD, Revit or Navisworks. To install them is easy, you just start the Bluebeam administrator and picking the check box next to the products to install the plug-ins, Pick OK and you are done.

The instructions below show how to re-install the plug-ins using Windows 8; if you are not fortunate enough to have Windows 8, only the first screen shot is different.  You can find the Bluebeam Administrator the same way, or you can dig though the start menu.

Here are the steps:

  1. Click on the start button on the keyboard and type blue
    Finding Bluebeam Administrator

    Finding The coveted Bluebeam Administrator

    Pick on Bluebeam Administrator

  2. Once the Bluebeam Administrator loads, you can select the applications you with to install the plug-ins to.  As you can see the plug-ins are not installed for Revit 2014 and Navisworks Manage 2014 in my case.

    Bluebeam Plugins Administrator

    Bluebeam Plugins Administrator

  3. Click on the check boxes next to the applications you wish to install the plugin.
    Note: If all your check boxes are checked unselect the check box and pick ok to “Uninstall the plugin”. Restart the Bluebeam Administrator and click on the check box again to install the plugin.
  4. After you put the check boxes next to the application to update, pick OK and the Bluebeam Administrator will install the plug-ins.

When you start Revit, AutoCAD or Navisworks you will see the Bluebeam add-ins.

Revit Bluebeam Plugins

Revit Bluebeam Plugins

That’s all there is to it.


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Revit Workstation Cleanup

I received a call today from a client who has been using a BIM9 Private BIM Cloud for a couple years today; they needed help getting some hard drive space back.  I did the normal local file clean up and checked the temporary folders.  I am amazed by the size of the Revit Journal folder; it was over 5GB on each of the Virtual BIM Workstations.  Did you know that Revit records everything you do in Revit to the Revit journal files?  I did, but I forgot how large that folder gets until today.

Here is a list of items and the locations of the files that I typically clean from the workstations.

  • C:Autodesk – This is the folder where Autodesk places the uncompressed installation files.  You are better off uncompressing the files to a network location and install from there.  In most cases, you can safely delete this folder, but make sure you have a copy on the network.
  • Revit Local Files – I could move the old local files to an archive location on the network or USB drive, you can never have too many backups.  You can also delete the _Backup folders for the local files after archive; do not delete the _Backup folder on the active local file.
  • Revit Journal Files – This is where Revit keeps a journal of all your actions during your Revit sessions.  You only need these files if you are having an issue with Central files and Autodesk asks for the files.  Here are some locations that I have found journal files.
    • C:Users”Username”AppDataLocalAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit Architecture 2012Journals
    • C:Users”Username”AppDataLocalAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit Architecture 2013Journals
    • C:Users”Username”AppDataLocalAutodeskRevitAutodesk Revit 2014Journals
  • Temp folders – This is where Windows and AutoCAD stores its temp files. You can find your temp folder here: %temp%  To get to that folder press the start button and type %temp% then press enter.  If you are unsure of deleting a file there, make it out to a USB or network drive.

    Finding the local users temp folder in windows 7

    Finding the local users temp folder in windows 7

I hope that this helps a bit in clearing out space on your workstations.  Remember everyone on the internet is an “Expert” so use this advice, and other advice you read on the internet, at your own risk.

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A display driver file (.hdi) is missing or has been corrupted in AutoCAD 2014

HDI Missing Error

HDI Missing Error

After starting AutoCAD 2014 64-bit on my office computer for the first time in a while, I ran in to a little issue. I was greeted by a “Display driver file (.HDI) is missing” error and AutoCAD 2014 would not start.

I tried a repair and re-installation of AutoCAD 2014 without success. Then I remembered a basic troubleshooting type I ask everyone, “What has changed?” The video card changed, that would explain why I am having issues with the Heidi video card driver in AutoCAD 2014. So I downloaded the latest version of the FirePro driver from ATI and wouldn’t you know it AutoCAD 2014 started working again.

Moral of the story:

  • Always ask and answer yourself with the last thing that has changed. You don’t need to lie and say “nothing”, because you know better.
  • When you change hardware like a video card, install the driver even if Windows 8 sees the card.


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Using Bluebeam Revu to assist in upgrading a Revit Project

Using Bluebeam Revu to assist in upgrading a Revit Project

Using Bluebeam Revu to assist in upgrading a Revit Project

With a new release of Revit every year, it makes it increasingly difficult not upgrade an active Revit project.  What makes it even more difficult is the uncertainty when Revit upgrades your project.  Are all my objects there?  Is everything in the right place?  In this post and video we are going to go thought the steps to upgrade your Revit project from 2013 to 2014. Then we will use Bluebeam’s Revu to help us find any items that may have changed or gone missing after the upgrade process.

If you want more information regarding Bluebeam please drop me a note at bill@bim9.com

Here are the steps I use in the video:

Step 1  Backup

You should always create a backup of your or your companies work when ever you make a change that will impact the entire project, this would be one of those times.  Here are some ways that you can backup your project:

  • Copy to local workstation
  • Copy to USB drive
  • Rely on your I.T. department to have a backup.
  • Use a service like CrashPlan or Dropbox to copy your project files off site.
  • You only need to archive/backup the .RVT files and its links.

Step 2  Check your Project

You should always check each central file before the upgrade process. It is always a good idea to know what errors are in the file before you begin the upgrade process.

  1. Open each .RVT file and check for errors.
  2. Document what files are linked to where.
  3. Use Bluebeam to create a PDF of each sheet and view in your project.

Step 3  Copy the Project to a new folder

You may or may not want to have a new folder for you project, but I find that its a good idea to do so.  you don’t need to make an entirely new project folder just a new folder to store your central files.

  1. Create a new folder.
  2. Copy the RVT central files to that folder.
  3. Rename the central files if necessary to have the version number in the name.

Step 4:  Upgrade Project

  1. You will want to start with the files with the least amount of links.
  2. Here is the order for my example project:
  3. Use Bluebeam to Create a PDF of each sheet and view in your project.

Step 5   Check your work with Bluebeam

Now for the fun part; we will use Bluebeam Revu to compare both PDF files created in the earlier steps.

  1. Use Bluebeam Revu to compare the 2013 and the 2014 project files.
  2. When you select the 2013 PDF you will see all the changes in the Markup List.
  3. Double click the markup to see both the 2013 and 2014 versions.
  4. Using Bluebeam Revu you can quickly find all the differences.

If you want more information regarding Bluebeam please drop me a note at bill@bim9.com

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AutoCAD Steps to Success: Paper Space Model Space

AutoCAD Paper Space Model Space

AutoCAD Paper Space Model Space

This month I had the pleasure of teaching three different AutoCAD Intermediate classes, the most requested feature to learn was Paper Space / Model Space also know as Layouts.  As a class, we decided that it would be prudent to spend a lot of time going over Layouts.

As we talked about in class, you can think of Paper Space as your paper, maybe that’s why it’s called Paper Space. You can think of Model Space as a hole cut in your paper and monitor placed behind the paper.  You can zoom in and out, thus changing the scale; you can pan, change the position of your model; and rotate your monitor changing the angle of the drawing.


  1. Select or create a Layout from the tabs at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Setup your page size with the Page Setup Manager by right clicking on the layout you wish to change.
    1. Change the Printer Name.
    2. Change the Paper Size.
    3. Make sure the Plot Area is Layout.
    4. Make sure the Scale is 1:1
  3. Insert your Title Block using the insert command.
    1. Insertion point: 0,0,0
    2. Scale = 1
    3. Rotation = 0
    4. Change Layer of Title Block to the correct layer.
  4.  Create or fix your MVIEW.
    1. Change the Layer of your MVIEW to the correct layer.
      Hint: Make the MVIEW layer “no plot” to hide the box when plotting.
    2. Move MVIEW to is correct place.
    3. Resize your MVIEW using grips.
    4. Make your MVIEW active by double clicking
    5. Zoom to about the area you want to display using your scroll wheel
    6. Change the Scale of the View using the Viewport Scale at the lower right of the screen.
    7. Pan your drawing to fit where you want it.
    8. Lock your viewport using the lock near the Viewport Scale.
      The reason that the lock button is near the Viewport Scale is so you can check your scale before you lock it.

Paper Space / Model Space in AutoCAD is a hard concept to grasp at first, but it’s one of those concepts that just seems to a “aha moment” when you aren’t thinking about it.

Here is a video that shows you the steps:

For the AutoCAD History nuts out there:

Paper Space / Model Space was introduced in AutoCAD R11 in October 1990.  Then In March 1999 with AutoCAD 2000, Layouts or multiple Paper Space tabs was introduced to the world.  If you would like more AutoCAD History head over to Between the Lines

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Migrating a Aperture Library to Lightroom 5

I decided to migrate my entire Austin Healey Car library over to Lightroom 5. The first step was to export all “my picks” as PSD files, that way I at least had an edited version.  I bet at first you are thinking, holy crap that’s a bunch of hard drive space.  Yes, it is and get over it.  Drives are cheap, you can pick up a 2TB drive for under $130.00.  Each PSD file was anywhere from 50mb to 100mb depending if it was an iPhone or Nikon D7000 photo, of course you file size will vary.  Remember you are only exporting your picks not every photo.

Here is the plan of attack.

  • Backup
  • Export edited files to PSD to retain the edits.
  • Export all the originals / masters to a holding space
  • Import the exported original / masters to their new location in Lightroom.
  • I will be using the closest thing to a managed library in lightroom.  I like the fact that Aperture keeps everything nice and neat for me.  I will be treating my lightroom project folder as untouchable by finder, I don’t want to screw it up.

Migration process: (Quick and Dirty)

  1. Start Lightroom 5
  2. From the File menu select New Catalog
    Note: Catalog in Lightroom = Library in Aperture
  3. I put my catalog in the root of photos and called it Lightroom – AustinHealeySprite
  4. Pick Library from the upper right area of the screen.
  5. Close Lightroom
  6. Open Aperture
  7. Export all your or originals to a holding place.
  8. Click on Photos in the library tab
  9. Click on the first photo and press Command-A to select them all
  10. Pick File -> Export -> Originals
  11. Create a folder inside the folder catalog folder you created in step 3 called Photos
  12. Subfolder format: Project Name
  13. Name format: Original Filename
    Metadata: Don’t Include IPTC data.
    If you have audio notes export them as well.
  14. Drink beer.
  15. Go back to Lightroom
  16. From the Library Menu pick synchronize folder…
  17. Select all the options
  18. Get a beer, to celebrate.
  19. Repete step 19 until you can’t see anymore

Although you may think that 19 steps is a bunch of steps, it’s not.  I just did this method once more to test, and it worked perfectly.  Your next step is to bring in your PSD files and you are done.

Migration Process: (if you have keywording and such you want to keep)

  1. First make sure you have a good backup.
  2. Check you backup again.
  3. Open the Aperture Library you wish to migrate.
  4. Check the vault and make sure its updated.
    Note: If you screw up your backup or loose anyting don’t blame me. Remember this is free advice and you get what you pay for. 
  5. Export all your picks to PSD onto your scratch disk.  I put a star rating on my picks so I used the built in 1 star or better smart album in Aperture and selected them all.
    1. Click on 1 start of better under albums
    2. Click on the first photo then press command -A to select them all
    3. Pick File -> Export -> Versions
    4. Exported them as PSD – Original Size (16-bit)
    5. Tell Aperture to create a subfolder for each project name.
    6. Use the current version name for the filename of the PSD file.
  6. Export all your or originals to a holding place.
    1. Click on Photos in the library tab
    2. Click on the first photo and press Command-A to select them all
    3. Pick File -> Export -> Originals
    4. Tell it where you want to export the photos to
    5. Subfolder format: Project Name
    6. Name format: Original Filename
    7. Metadata: Create IPTC 4xmp Sidecar File
      You don’t want to change your master file by adding IPTC data to it.
    8. If you have audio notes export them as well.
    9. Get a beer, to celebrate.
    10. Drink beer.
    11. Get another if the library is large and you disk is slow, repeat as necessary.

Now that we have all the originals somewhere where we can import them its time to begin.

The Import pane or window is a little bit different in lightroom than in Aperture.  You want to work from Left to Right in Lightroom.

  1. Start Lightroom 5
  2. From the File menu select New Catalog
    Catalog in Lightroom = Library in Aperture
  3. I put my catalog in the root of photos and called it Lightroom – AustinHealeySprite
  4. Pick Library from the upper right area of the screen.
  5. Pick Import from the lower left of the screen
  6. Starting from the Left select the folder that you exported them too and make sure that Include Subfolders is checked
  7. In the upper middle pick Move, if you want to live on the edge, or pick Copy if you think you are going to screw it up.  I picked Move.  In hindsight I am glad I picked move because the import locked up and I was able to start over where it left off.  I was also able to find the photo that was causing the import not to work and remove that photo from the import.
  8. In the Right side of the screen select the following:
    1. Build smart previews
    2. Don’t import suspected duplicates
    3. into subfolder (unchecked)
  9. Pick Import.  The import status will be up at the upper left.
    1. Organize: By Original Folders
      That way you keep your old project names
    2. Select the folder of the same name as your Lightroom Catalog.
    3. Pick Import.
  10. Wait.

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