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Screensaver based on smart album doesn't respect stacks

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Here is my issue. I want to select all my holiday photos to appear in my screensaver. I have done this by assigning them all a colour category and creating a smart album to select that colour then pointing the screensaver at the smart album. This works fine. The issue is that my photos are stacked to hide duplicate or similar versions. However, regardless of whether I select "stack picks only" or not, the screensaver uses all the photos.


Strangely if I manually add the photos to an album, then it will only ever use the stack picks - the exact opposite behaviour to the smart album. This appears to be a bug as surely a smart album and a normal album should appear the same to external applications.


A further issue is the screensaver seems to be weirdly biased toward certain photos. There will be perhaps four or five photos that come round over and over again (interspersed with others) until the screensaver ends. It's not always the same four or five, but some photos appear more likley to get 'stuck' than others.


Very weird all round.


Message was edited by: Oujmik

Aperture 3, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)

    The screensaver photos in the album are accessed via the Media Browser. The Media Browser used two things to access your albums in the Aperture library - the Aperture preferences file, and the previews you have build. Changed settings in Aperture may not be visible until after quitting aperture to ensure, that an updated preferences file has been written.


    The Media Browser however does not respect the setting "stack picks only" - it will always use only the stack pick, independent of the setting.


    See this section in the Aperture User Manual: Working with Preview Images


    Integration with iLife and iWork

    You can use previews to distribute your Aperture pictures in movies, on the web, on DVDs, in slideshows, and in podcasts. You can also download your Aperture pictures to devices such as iPod, import your Aperture pictures into iPhoto, or use them to create Pages documents. The Media Browsers in the iLife and iWork applications support browsing Aperture libraries. For each version in the library, Aperture provides two JPEG files to iLife and iWork: a 240-pixel (longest dimension) JPEG thumbnail that is shown in the Media Browser, and the JPEG preview image (at whatever size you specified for it). If a version has no preview, the image is not made available to the Media Browser.

    Note: When images are within stacks, only stack picks and album picks are shared. If you want iLife to have access to an image in a stack and it’s not the pick, you need to extract it from the stack or make it the pick.

    If you see images in the screensaver, that are not the album pick or stackpick, then something is wrong; try two things:

    1. Quit Aperture and log off and log on again, before viewing the screensaver, to ensure that the preferences file is updated.
    2. Repair your user library Repairing and Rebuilding Your Aperture Library






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