Tips on sharing photos from Aperture with iLife and iWork

Since version 1.5, Aperture offers full-size previews of images that can be used with iLife '06 and iWork '06 or later. Here are some tips on getting the most out of this feature.

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Make sure your software is up to date

Make sure you are using the latest versions of iLife and iWork by using Software Update. To be sure you are up to date, choose Software Update from the Apple () menu and install any iLife and iWork updates.

You will also need to update to Aperture 1.5 or later. If you have a previous version of Aperture, you can also use Software Update to update it.

How to access images from Aperture in iLife and iWork

To browse Aperture images in iLife and iWork, you must first enable sharing in Aperture. Details can be found in the Aperture User Manual. To view the shared images in iLife or iWork:

  • Select the Media Browser in one of the iLife/iWork applications.
  • Click the disclosure triangle next to the Aperture icon.
  • Click the disclosure triangle next to Aperture Library to access images in Aperture's built-in Smart Albums or Smart Albums you have created at the Library level. To access images from specific projects, click the project's disclosure triangle. Click the icon for individual albums or Smart albums within projects.

Handling of Stacked Images

When you browse Aperture images in the iLife/iWork Media Browser, you may notice that there seem to be fewer images than expected there. This is because only the "pick" or "album pick" image from each stack in Aperture is shared with iLife and iWork. When you browse images from an Aperture project or built-in Smart album, the pick image from each stack is available. When you browse images from an Aperture album, then the album pick is available. If there is no album pick specified, then the pick image is used when you browse albums. Smart albums you create offer the option "Ignore stack groupings." If you select this option, then all images that meet the criteria for the Smart album are available in the Media Browser, regardless of stack pick status. If you want to view more than one image in a stack in an iLife or iWork application, drag the non-pick image from the stack in Aperture, or access it from a self-created Smart album. Note that it may take some time before changes made to stacks in Aperture will be reflected in the Media Browser.

Labeling of Aperture images in the iLife/iWork Media Browser

The Version Name field from Aperture is used as the image label in the Media Browser.

Sharing Aperture Images with iTunes: iPhone, iPad, iPod, & Apple TV

Syncing Aperture images to an iPod is very much like syncing iPhoto images. Here's how:

  • Connect the device to the computer.
  • When iTunes 7.0.1 or later opens, choose the device's icon in the Source list.
  • Click the Photos tab in the Viewer.
  • Choose Aperture from the Sync Photos from pop-up menu, and make sure the associated checkbox is selected.
  • Select either the "All Photos, projects, albums, and faces" or "Selected projects, albums, albums and faces" radio button.
  • If you opt for "Selected projects, albums, albums and faces," click the checkboxes for the albums you wish to sync with the device. Note that only albums (including Smart albums) are available, projects are not. Stacked images are handled in the same way as with the Media Browser in the other applications. 

Note: Previews need to be generated for an Aperture project/album to display the correct amount of pictures to sync in iTunes. To do this, select Aperture > Photos > Generate Previews for the project/album. Or, for future projects, you can enable the preference Aperture > Preferences > Previews > New projects automatically generate previews.

Desktop Picture and Screen Saver

Images from Aperture may also be used as the Desktop picture, or Screen Saver. In both cases, the Aperture library is available in Source list. Choose the album or project you wish to use.

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