2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 21, 2007 1:43 PM by Old Toad
Strelizia regina Level 1 Level 1
I'm having a problem using Aperture as an external editor for iPhoto. I've set preferences to "Edit in Aperture" and selected the Aperture application. When I click edit a photo in iPhoto, Aperture fires up as expected, but it does not load my photo. Nothing seems to be exported from iPhoto into Aperture.

I can export the same photo to my desktop and then load it into Aperture fine.
When I set preferences to edit in CS2, this works fine, only Aperture seems to be the problem.

What am I doing wrong?

I'm using the following versions:
- iPhoto 7.0.2
- Aperture 1.5.4

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10

    The problem is that Aperture is not an Image Editor, but again, like iPhoto, a Photo Organiser with a lot more features than iPhoto. So, like iPhoto, images have to be imported into Aperture before it will see them and can work with them. Having done so, then you will need to export the pics out of Aperture and import them into iPhoto (to get full sized pics) or use the Media Browser (File -> Show Aperture Library) which will allow you to drag over your Previews from Aperture.


  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10
    Photos for Mac
    If you have Photoshop CS2 then you'd have a better editor using it within iPhoto as follows:

    Using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) as Your Editor of Choice in iPhoto.

    1 - select Photoshop as your editor of choice in iPhoto's General Preference Section's under the "Edit photo:" menu.

    2 - double click on the thumbnail in iPhoto to open it in Photoshop. When you're finished editing click on the Save button. If you immediately get the JPEG Options window make your selection (Baseline standard seems to be the most compatible jpeg format) and click on the OK button. Your done.

    3 - however, if you get the navigation window that indicates that PS wants to save it as a PS formatted file. You'll need to either select JPEG from the menu and save (top image) or click on the desktop in the Navigation window (bottom image) and save it to the desktop for importing as a new photo.

    This method will let iPhoto know that the photo has been editied and will update the thumbnail file to reflect the edit..

    If you want to use both iPhoto's editing mode and PS without having to go back and forth to the Preference pane, once you've selected PS as your editor of choice, reset the Preferences back to "Open in main window". That will let you either edit in iPhoto (double click on the thumbnail) or in PS (Control-click on the thumbnail and seledt "Edit in external editor" in the Contextual menu). This way you get the best of both worlds

    Do you Twango?

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.

    I've written an Automator workflow application (requires Tiger), iPhoto dB File Backup, that will copy the selected Library6.iPhoto file from your iPhoto Library folder to the Pictures folder, replacing any previous version of it. It's compatible with iPhoto 08 libraries. You can download it at Toad's Cellar. Be sure to read the Read Me pdf file.