Many Mac users have decided to switch from Aperture or iPhoto to Lightroom. Adobe has just released a new tool to help easily migrate existing Aperture and iPhoto libraries into Lightroom with a free Lightroom plug-in. What Comes Over Most of the important stuff makes the move Flags Star Ratings Keywords GPS Data Rejects Hidden Files Color Labels* Stacks* Face […]
The weekend is a great time to get organized. Here’s a quick tip for Apple iPhoto users. Learn how to add your photos to a Smart Album automatically using parameters like ratings, keywords, locations, or even facial recognition profiles. This makes it a snap to find things and keeps things organized. ______ This Post Sponsored by: […]
If you’re a Mac user, two new camera updates have recently shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera […]
Follow Rich on Twitter If you’re a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by […]
A few readers have asked for some Apple oriented tutorials… and I’d like to oblige. I’m actually a big fan of iPhoto as a great tool for emerging photographers and hobbyists (and yes I like Photoshop Elements for the same reason). Here is a short excerpt from a Lynda.com class I worked on. Let me […]
UPDATE: Today Apple issued an update to iPhoto (This update addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4431) Apple’s iPhoto is one of the most popular photo editing and sorting programs in the world. After all, it’s free with every […]
I am a long time user of Apple’s Aperture and have dabbled modestly from time to time in the iPhoto pond. Like many all over the world I bought into the iPhoto 09 hype and also fell for the clever Apple marketing scheme of putting a sufficient ’salivary gap’ between the keynote and the product release.
Well I received my long anticipated copy last night and after installing it immediately got to work putting it through it’s paces.
Referencing the Aperture library
The first thing I liked was that, by disabling the iPhoto copy-to-library functionality in the preferences and then using the Aperture media browser, I was able to import around 15,000 of my picks into the iPhoto library in short order. iPhoto references the photos in the Aperture library and only makes a copy in the iPhoto library if you do any adjustments on them. A note here is that iPhoto uses the Aperture JPG preview of the photo rather than the original which makes it blisteringly fast and is sufficient provided you have your Aperture previews set to a sufficient size; for what I would want to do with iPhoto (email, face tagging and the odd Facebook post) anything over 1000 pixels on the long edge is fine. If your Aperture previews are too small you will need to reset their size in Aperture preferences and rebuild them. I kept a healthy watch on my hard drive space during the import and was very pleased to see that iPhoto, used in this referenced way, was quite light on my precious free space. Continue reading