I fired up Aperture last night.
I have gone with external Referenced Libraries....
But I'm still trying to come to grips with how best to organize with Projects, Folders and Albums.
I see everything comes in with a Project, I can get a grip on that.
But I've seen people doing either albums or folders with topics like Family which has maybe albums or such sub-dividing family members)...but I'm still trying to figure it all out.
And also, with all this...how to best back it all up. Right now, I have one 1TB SATA disk that I have hooked to the mac with a drive holder...that is doing Time Machine backups.
I have another 1TB drive, I think I'm going to just format, and do straight drag and drop copies of my 'masters' that are being externally referenced by Aperture.
Eventually, I'm going to set up a freeNAS backup system for the whole house....RAID, etc.
One thing I ran into with problems. I declined to share the library from Aperture with iPhoto...but trying now, to get the old photos from iPhoto into Aperture...was a pain. I have basically opened the iPhoto library (import just didn't work for some reason)...and copied all photos and movies from that to a 2nd directory where I store my Canon masters, and then imported those into Aperture.
I have dupes on my drive now of all that..and have been redoing all the meta data on those...but I guess that will work to have my legacy work there (mostly phone photos and movies), and just move forward with this new set up.