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matthew104 Calculating status...
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Nov 11, 2012 10:11 AM

Does any know if there is a way to lock/password protect just one project at a time and not vault the whole?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:20 AM (in response to matthew104)

    There is no way to lock a single project/folder/album/image/library in Aperture.


    If this is somthing you need to do you will have to work at the OS/file system level.



  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,735 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:36 AM (in response to matthew104)

    You could export your project as an Aperture library and then protect this separate Aperture library by moving it to a folder that ony you have access to. If you want the images to be extra secure, put the library onto a password protected disk image (sparse bundle), that you only mount, when you want to access these top secret images.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:38 AM (in response to léonie)

    And if you do that make sure you delete the project from the original library after you export it

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,890 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 10:43 AM (in response to matthew104)

    Well if this is your major concern you could setup the OS so that after so many minutes of screen idle time you need to enter your password to unlock the screen.


    Simple but effective. Look in System Preferences Security and Privacy.

  • e2photo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 8:20 PM (in response to matthew104)

    Until I load a shoot into my final library (I am the only one who has access to my final library) I keep each session as a separate library.  It would take a really nosy person to open another, not related to their interests, library.


    Or just drop those top secret libraries into a password protected, encrypted folder.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,735 points)
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    Feb 12, 2014 12:04 AM (in response to matthew104)

    Nothing top secret, but I was thinking more child proof, and or client proof.

    As you might leave open Aperture and run to the bathroom, and your child or client access photos that are not top secret, but just not for there eyes.

    When I have files on my mac, that are not for the general public - things like solutions for written tests or personal databases - I keep them in a separate user account, and not in the account, that I am signed into, when I want to present photos keynote presentations to others.


    A seprate user account for private documents will protect all your documents automatically - mail, photos, notifications of private events, etc. , as long as you are  not signed into that account. And it will prevent accidents: If you start up the sytem, while your children are looking at your screen, MacOS could try to reopen the documents you used last, and that could be your secret Aperture library. Or the notification center could pop-up very private mails or calendar entries.

    Even password protected sparsebundles can be mounted automatically, if the password is stored in the keychain. Then anybody could simply click the sparsebundle and open it,  when go are away for a minute to get a cup of copy. If you have set up a keychain, nothing is save in the account you are currently logged in, if you do not lock the screen.


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