Two specific questions on how Aperture handles the iPhoto library

Hi,
I've not been able to find an answer to this online. I have a few thousand photos in iPhoto. I'm happy with how they're organised, appear on my iPhone/Apple TV etc. However, some of them need a little improvement above what iPhoto's tools can offer.
If I access the iPhoto library from within Aperture and edit a photo:
- Will the file appear as normal the next time I start iPhoto, but reflecting the edits I've done in Aperture ?
- Will it leave an original copy in the iPhoto library structure, and put a new 'modified' file in the iPhoto library?
If not, what is the easiest way to achieve my aims? In particular I'd like to preserve the original date, time and location the photos were taken.
Thanks in advance.
Matt

Matt
No and No.
In more details:
- Will the file appear as normal the next time I start iPhoto,
Yes... but
...reflecting the edits I've done in Aperture ?
No. Like iPhoto Aperture is a Database and can only "see" and "process" photos that have been imported to it. So there's no option to "open" a photo, just one to "import". Once imported and edited or processed you would need to export to the desktop and import to iPhoto as a new image.
Will it leave an original copy in the iPhoto library structure,
Yes, Importing is copying, not moving...
and put a new 'modified' file in the iPhoto library?
No. This is perhaps the biggest difference between the two apps. When iPhoto edits a pic is preserves the original by making a copy in the "Modified" folder. When Aperture performs the same task it records your decisions in the database and applies them live each time you view the pic. There is no "modified" file, only the original and a record in the database.
For the kind of operation you are describing you require an external editor for iPhoto. In order of price here are some suggestions:
Seashore (free)
_[The Gimp|http://www.gimp.org/macintosh>_ also free
Graphic Coverter ($45 approx)
Acorn ($50 approx)
[Pixelmator|http://www.pixelmator.com> ($60 approx.)
Photoshop Elements ($75 approx)
There are many, many other options. Search on MacUpdate.
You can set Photoshop (or any image editor) as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically. This is the only way that edits made in another application will be displayed in iPhoto.
These will work in precisely the way you describe.
Regards
TD

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