Apple has released a new update to its Aperture 2 product. The update is recommended for all Aperture 2 users. According to Apple:
This update improves overall stability and provides fixes for issues related to database integrity and compatibility with specific file types. The issues addressed include:
- Nikon images imported directly from a camera now display thumbnails correctly in the Import window.
- Fixed an issue that could cause duplicate image versions to be created after rebuilding a library.
- Fixed a library issue that prevented operation of the Relocate or Consolidate commands in some circumstances.
For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2683
For those Aperture users who where, or many not surprise that Apple’s Aperture software didn’t recognize Canon’s camera raw format version 2 (.CR2), the update is out.
The update is an automatic download when the Apple Software Update runs. The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.4 is a small 4MB download and installs without the need for a reboot. If you need to download it, click on this link.
If you have already imported your CR2 raw files into Aperture, prior to the update, you will need perform the migration function in oder to properly view these files.
In Aperture, do a search for or just select all your .CR2 files. Once selected, go to the FILE pulldown menu and select the MIGRATE IMAGES option. If you are not a power use, just use the default option on the first dialog box that comes up. Another dialog box will/may appear if you have selected files other than your .CR2 raw files. Make sure you have selected to upgrade your RAW files. Non-RAW files will not be affected by the migration.
Of course, this would happen. I get all happy about receiving my Canon 5D Mark II today, I take some test shots, and they look sweet after playing around with the new settings for the 5D MII. After importing them into Aperture, you are “happy” to learn that Aperture does not recognize the format 😦 Crap!
Oh well, don’t give up. There is a work around. When Apple lets you down, go to Adobe. And I don’t mean go out and get Adobe’s Lightroom, its version of Aperture. Adobe has an application called Digital Negative (DNG) Converter. This allows you to convert unrecognized raw formats to a workable format in Aperture. This has worked for me before.
The speed of the process will depend on how fast your computer is. These are 21MB raw files you are now dealing with. Download the latest version and copy all of your .CR2 files you shot with the 5D MII into a separate folder.
After you open the DNG Converter application, in section 1, select the folder your .CR2 files are in. For section 2, you can either leave them in the same folder or have the coverted files moved to a new folder. Moving them to a new folder will make it easier for you to import the DNG files. Leave section 3 alone.
For section 4, I would recommend the following options you see on the graphic provided below.
NOTE: Do not delete your original .CR2 files. Apple will come out with a RAW file update.
And don't forget to backup your files as well.