7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2012 10:41 PM by Kirby Krieger
msedaka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Now that iPhoto and Aperture share a library I have been dipping my feet into Aperture more than ever before.  But when I import in Aperture, I am unsure whether or not to have Aperture generate previews as well, and I guess it boils down to three questions:

 

1) Do most Aperture users generate previews on import?

 

2) If so, is there a size for the preview that is considered "standard"?

 

3) When I import in iPhoto, does it also generate previews behind the scenes or does it only import the image file?

 

Thanks so much!


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Previews
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    Hi.  Welcome to our sunlit clearing in the orchard.

    1) Do most Aperture users generate previews on import?

    Hard to say .  Aperture's strength is that it allows each user to customize it to meet his/her needs.  I always generate Previews, and always share them with iLife apps -- but I put a premium on a frictionless workflow, even at the cost of additional storage.  Storage is, imho, silly-cheap these days.  Four years ago I felt very with-it carrying a 2 GB thumbdrive.  Now I carry a 1 TB USB 3 with me.

    2) If so, is there a size for the preview that is considered "standard"?

    Aperture helpfully puts asterisks next to the preview sizes that correspond to your monitors.  Those can be considered standard.

    3) When I import in iPhoto, does it ...

    Don't know -- but someone here surely does.

     

    Here is a post that lists the uses of Previews.

  • 2. Re: Previews
    msedaka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the helpful reply.  I am still somewhat of a storage miser, if for no other reason than I like to duplicate the library onto my laptop for travel.

     

    What do you mean when you say you "share them with iLife apps"?  I saw that as an option, but I wasn't sure what it meant.

     

    And yes, if anyone knows the answer to #3, please tell me.  If iPhoto makes previews anyway, then I'd just as soon do it in Aperture as well.  But if it doesn't, I might not.

  • 3. Re: Previews
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    msedaka wrote:

     

    Thanks for the helpful reply.  I am still somewhat of a storage miser, if for no other reason than I like to duplicate the library onto my laptop for travel.

    My only computer is a laptop, and I run Libraries up to very very large (half a million images, 1 TB).  I keep my personal Library small by relocating all Originals that are both older than 45 days and not high-rated to an external drive.  These are called Referenced Originals (note that the linked User Manual page has not been cleanly updated: "Master" = "Original"; and be careful to understand what is meant by "Image", which is not consistently used).  I run very large Libraries from external drives.

     

    Note, too, that you can export any part of an Aperture Library, work on it on another machine, and then import and merge it back into the originating Library.  You can also create a new Library for travel, and then import it into your main Library on your return.

    msedaka wrote:

     

    What do you mean when you say you "share them with iLife apps"?  I saw that as an option, but I wasn't sure what it meant.

    It's not well documented or named, imho.  OS X has a Media Browser.  One accesses this from many places.  Any time outside of the Finder proper that you can select "Pictures" in a sidebar and then select "iPhoto" or "Aperture" you are using the OS X Media Browser.  This is what is now included in the "Share with ... " option on the Previews tab of Aperture Preferences (from memory -- can't check right now).  If you want to access your Previews _from other apps_, share them.  Otherwise you'll have to go to Aperture and drag the Preview out or create a new file by exporting.

  • 4. Re: Previews
    msedaka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh, I use the Media Browser a lot.  So you're saying without generating previews, I won't see those images in the Media Browser?

  • 5. Re: Previews
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    You got it.  Please see this section on the linked User Manual page:

    Integration with iLife and iWork

  • 6. Re: Previews
    msedaka Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That was awesome.  Thanks!

  • 7. Re: Previews
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,945 points)

    You're welcome.  Happy Aperturing!  .