I am looking for some good advice on naming conventions for organizing and naming projects in Aperture.
I recently switched from using iPhoto to using Aperture, and am really having trouble developing a consistent workflow for keeping my projects list organized.
In iPhoto, each set of pictures is organized into an Event, and Events are listed in a special view in reverse chronological order:
This gives me a very easy way to remember when my projects occurred by visually scanning them.
I am trying to organize my projects list in a similar way, but keep butting my head up against the wall trying to develop a consistent workflow. I really want the projects list to be organized chronologically, but Aperture lists projects alphabetically. So this forces me to break projects up into subfolders by year. For example, here is a sample of my projects list:
2007 08 - Vacation in Aruba 2008 12 - Merry Christmas 2009 01 - New Years Day 01 - Life at the Party 02 - End of February 02 - Valentines Day
As you can see I am following the following naming convention:
YEAR MONTH - ProjectName
This gets a little cumbersome because, since Aperture lists projects in alphabetical order, events in the same month can occur out of order. For instance, in the 2009 events above, "02-End of February" and "02 - Valentines Day" are in alpha ordered not chronological order.
I could go so far as to name each project with the full date:
2009 02-14 - Valentines Day 02-22 - End of February
However this seems like overkill to me. This kind of project organization feels like a basic feature to me, and one that is built into iPhoto and Picasa.
My questions are:
- Am I trying to bend Aperture to my will too much?
- Should I try to adopt a different workflow that isn't based upon chronology and just use the "All Projects View" for searching through time?
- What project naming conventions are other people using?