Is there any way to set Apple Aperture to always keep all files stored in an external location, without having to go through the extra step of manually moving files to the location beforehand myself and then explicitly directing Aperture to only reference the files?
I'm not sure there's really such a thing as a "managed library" and a "referenced library", more like "managed images" and "referenced images". This is unfortunate because I want to
- always be sure that the library is at its smallest size and
- always know that the external folder has all my photos.
For example, not command-dragging files to Aperture, but just having it know to always import by reference. And furthermore, any photos added should be moved automatically to the predefined library location, for example an external hard drive and folders organized by date.
As another example, consider Photostream: I would like Photostream images to always be downloaded into a pre-defined referenced folder as described. I haven't tested this - where are Photostream photos store in a "referenced" library? I am assuming always within the library as "managed" images.
Basically, I just want Aperture to keep all its image files in an external location but manage them as if they were inside the library bundle.