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Wife's iPhone, Photo Stream, my Aperture -- how to?

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MarkPek Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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Dec 8, 2012 9:34 AM

Hi all,

 

My wife just got an iPhone and takes good photos.

 

I have Aperture (and have a very large library of my own and don't want to massively increase the size of my storage).

 

Here's what I would like to do (and I've looked all over and can't find a simple way to address this specific probem).

 

I would like her iPhone photos to go into a "shared" area and then I would like to select SOME of them to import into my Aperture Library.

 

She has enabled Photo Stream, and has a "Shared stream" for me (but only some of her photos have gotten into that stream).

 

I can see some of these in iPhoto, but they seem to have been "imported" and saved.  I don't really want them ALL on my hard drive.  Is there a way to keep them in the iCloud and import only the ones I want?

 

Not sure if I'm being clear enough.  Can someone help or point me in the right direction for some research?  Thank you.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), Aperture 3.2.2, iPad 2, iPod Touch
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to MarkPek)

    Mark,

    does you wife only have a phone, or also a mac? It might be easier, to use home sharing.

    She has enabled Photo Stream, and has a "Shared stream" for me (but only some of her photos have gotten into that stream).

     

    The photo stream may take a long time to sync. If the battery is low (less then 20%), the phone simply stops syncing the stream. I have once waited a full day, before some pictures made it to the cloud.

     

    I can see some of these in iPhoto, but they seem to have been "imported" and saved.  I don't really want them ALL on my hard drive.  Is there a way to keep them in the iCloud and import only the ones I want?

    The photo stream is no true cloud storage. The cloud is only used for syncing, but the photos are stored on the devices as well. Also, you can have only one library bound to the stream. So you will have to decide, which library to use with the Photo Stream.

     

    She might create Web Journals instead, if she has iPhoto on her phone. She can publish the journal to her iCloud Homepage and invite you to browse it. Then you can browse the journal on the web and selectively download photos.


    I would like her iPhone photos to go into a "shared" area and then I would like to select SOME of them to import into my Aperture Library.

    1. It might be easier to use DropBox instead. If you do not need massive storage, it is free, and it is a very convenient way to share storage in the cloud.
    2. https:// www.dropbox.com.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to MarkPek)

    I would like to SEE my wife's Photo Stream, but not automatically import all of them.

     

    I THINK they're being imported because I can hit "File > Reveal in Finder" and there they are on my hard disk.  I don't want this.  Is there a way to automatically import stuff from MY Photo Stream and NOT automatically import from my wife's Shared Photo Stream?

    Oh, we have been crossposting.

    All Photo Streams you subscribe to are synced to a folder in your User Library

    (~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement/assets/watch/),

    where they are stored, as long as they live in the Photo Stream, a maximum of a month.

     

    It is impossible to disable the automatic download. This is how PhotoStream works. It is the synchronization buffer to the iCloud.

     

    When you enable automatic import, the image files are also imported into your photolibrary (Aperture or iPhoto), and that permanently; if you disable this, only the images you actively add to a project will be imported from this folder into your photolibrary.

     

    Have you seen these support articles?

    iCloud: Using and troubleshooting Shared Photo Streams

    iCloud: Photo Stream FAQ

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to MarkPek)

    She can enable Home Sharing for her iPhoto Library (for selected albums or the whole library). When you want to see this, open your Aperture Library in iPhoto and import the shared images from her library that you want to use - I have never tried that, however.

     

    That is what she should enable, and you should enable "Look for shared photos".

    sharePhotoLibrary.png

    Regards

    Léonie

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