Table of Contents       3. Catalog your data

3.14 Catalog your Aperture, iPhoto, Lightroom, or Apples “” database

All four apps use one location to store their databases, and that is your Pictures folder. Use the Go menu in Apples Finder, and select Go > Home > Pictures.

As all of them use a hidden folder, named “bundle” or “package,” some special settings are necessary for NeoFinder to be able to catalog those.

By default, NeoFinder ignores the content of packages. You can change that in the
Cataloging preferences, in the Ignore section. Make sure to remove the checkmark from the Package Contents option, so that NeoFinder will look inside these bundles for you.

All photo management apps allow you to store your photos in your own proper location. If you do that, simply catalog these folders with NeoFinder, and you are done.

If you let your photo management app handle your photos, just catalog the entire Pictures folder to get the thumbnails.

Apples Aperture
Apple has discontinued this amazing product, unfortunately, but you can still use NeoFinder to catalog the bundle: Aperture Library

Apples iPhoto
Another discontinued app from Apple, and it also uses the Pictures folder for its database.

Adobe Lightroom
Adobe stores the database in a separate folder, called Lightroom, in the Pictures folder. Just catalog that folder with NeoFinder. Your pictures are inside the Lightroom 5 Catalog Previews.lrdata bundle.

For Lightroom, make sure that you ask that app to immediately store any metadata changes, so that NeoFinder can see them. You find that option in their Catalog Settings:


Apples “”
As this new app stores all your data in the depths of the “Photos Library” bundle, they will all show up in your NeoFinder catalog. The structure of this package is very complex, so it might be a good idea to use the “Find all Photos” command in the Find contextual menu of NeoFinder to get only those.