This is in response to Kirby Krieger's post.
I know this is an old topic and may not get a response, but I found this post and it seems to meet my workflow needs. I'm curious about what I interpret the naming conventions to be. As I have mapped them out, they seem long and redundant to me, and it's probably the case that I am misunderstanding. If you wouldn't mind elaborating, or providing an example, I would greatly appreciate it.
Another thing is I'm not sure I understand what you do as far as naming of the "Masters" or "Originals"...do you leave them named as they are coming out of the camera or do you rename them consistent with the versions.
Hi Greg. The two are related. My naming convention is both long and redundant. The redundancy is deliberate; the length follows. The redundancy is because I do rename the files I import. I do this so that I can tell at a glance, outside of Aperture, the things I need to know about the file, and keep my filenames unique. This level of redundacy is not required, and may not be useful — but I'm comfortable with having a just-in-case-Aperture-fails file identification system, it costs me next to nothing to implement, and it gives me good base information when I create new files by exporting my Aperture Images.
There is worthwhile discussion of this in this Aperture Support Community thread
I use the convention "yyyy-mm-dd_ProjectName_Location_# of ###_OriginalFileName.Ext". The date and the sequence are filled in by Aperture as part of my File Naming Preset (found at "Aperture➞Presets➞File Naming
"). "ProjectName" and "Location" are place-holders for information I put in.
My actual File Naming Preset:
"￼(Image Date)_(Custom Name)_(Sequence #)_(Original File Name)"
where the parenthesis indicate an Aperture variable (see the File Naming dialog).
"Custom Name" shows in the import dialog. I fill it out.
I recorded 84 exposures at a string quartet recital earlier today. I mount the card and open the Aperture import dialog. I select my File Naming Preset in the "Rename Files" section among the other import settings. "Name Text" is Aperture asking me for the text to use in the (Custom Name) slot in my selected File Naming Preset. I type in "StringQuartet_CMU". I check the box "Rename Original File". I import. (Before I do so, I _always_ confirm the naming by selecting a file and hovering my mouse cursor over the "Version Name" field in the File Info section.)
My first Image is named, and its Original is renamed:
2013-11-19_StringQuartet_CMU_1 of 84_DSC08499
The last Image imported is named, and its Original is renamed:
2013-11-19_StringQuartet_CMU_84 of 84_DSC08582
I have, at various times, found each part of the name — date, Project, location, sequence and total number in the import batch, and camera-file-name — important.