Aperture 3.0 Tip: Delete Photos After Import from iPhone

I recently switched from iPhoto to Aperture to manage images on my computer. The experience has been mixed. I am really not happy with the performance. I’m hoping that will get better. Another annoyance it the fact that importing images from my iPhone does not prompt me to delete those images off the phone like it does for my camera. It turns out there is a simple fix for that but its not in Aperture at all.

Open up Image Capture from your Applications folder while your iPhone is connected. Click on your iPhone’s icon under “DEVICES”. Then choose the option “Delete after import” from the bottom left-hand corner. You can perform your import using Image Capture and send it to Aperture. This creates a project called “Image Capture” in Aperture. Of course this is not as elegant as what iPhoto does.

It turns out the Image Capture is a very useful tool. You can browse your images and see their EXIF data including GPS coordinates in a simple table view. You can import your images and delete them right from the simple interface. It doesn’t handle videos well so be careful.


Update: The video delete problem may have been fixed. Read the comments below and try for yourself to make sure.

11 Replies to “Aperture 3.0 Tip: Delete Photos After Import from iPhone”

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  2. Seconding nieksmit’s comment: *this will completely destroy all your videos*.

    I am pretty pissed off right now.

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  4. i am thinking that it might be good to put a big ol’ warning near the top of the article about the videos getting chewed up. that could really be a bad, bad thing, and looks like that was the case for at least a couple of people here already.

    just a tip for all (that i myself find useful); before doing *anything* with your camera, your pictures, or your software, make at least one or two backups. there is plenty of information out on the web regarding how to do this using your current hardware and software, so take a few moments to google if you must.

    other than that huge problem, this looks like a very handy tool for me that i never even realized i had. thank you for the write-up; i’ll definitely be using this tool on at least an infrequent basis, now that i am aware of it (with the caveat not to use it with video files, of course).

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