10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2014 1:27 PM by Frank Caggiano
Bohdanz Level 1 Level 1
In Safari, I can do a right-click and one of my options is 'download to iPhoto'.

Now that I've switched to Aperture, I'd love to download directly into that application.
I've scoured the web, all Aperture-related sites, and I find nothing at all.

Any ideas on how to accomplish or create this?

Thanks in advance.

Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6), 2009 Mac Mini, G4/733 DigitalAudio
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10
    There is an Automator action to 'Import Photos' to Aperture. Seems like you could make a Service for the job.


  • Chuckcars Level 1 Level 1
    Go to Preferences/import. Set when a camera is connected to open Aperture. Do the same in iPhoto. It is under the General Tab. Either a card reader or a camera connection will open the Aperture Import dialog.
  • Bohdanz Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks. I already do that.

    I'm looking for a contextual right click way to download an image while in Safari while on a website.
    The default is to download into iPhone. I'd love a way to downoad into Aperture.
  • RiverdaleMAC Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same question. Created a workflow in Automator when using iPhoto and now I've switched to Aperture and I'm trying to create a Service that does the "same" thing. I'm getting there, but still having a few issues. If I figure it out I'll post my Automator work flow here.


    I surprised nobody has posted it somewhere already, it should be a very short and simple process, I'm obvioulsy just missing a key point somewhere. I think it has to do with the choice at the top: Service receives selected.....

  • RiverdaleMAC Level 1 Level 1

    An additional thought:


    Can we seek out the existing "Add Image to iPhoto" service buried in OSX somewhere and copy it, then open it up in Automator and just tweak it slightly so it picks Aperture instead of iPhoto. If we can find the existing iPhoto one it should be easy, no? Any ideas where that would be? I've looked in the user Library and the main library services's folder and can't see that one, although others are there...


    Not quite sure why this is just built in to OSX in the first place, and yes for those of you getting upset that I'm "making a suggestion" and "Apple doesn't monitor these discussions" etc. etc. I will send a "formal report to Apple.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    Simple enough to do




    Set the Add To: option to wherver you wnt to import to. If you want to be able to select the import project when the service runs check the Show this action box and when the service runs the action will open and you can enter the project then.

  • RiverdaleMAC Level 1 Level 1

    Hello Frank.


    I have tried the above and while it DOES work if I right click on a jpeg file in a finder window it does NOT work if I right click on an image in Safari. However, there could be two issues at play here as the SERVICE I've created and saved is not even an option in the right-click contextual menu when in Safari. Obviously it is there as an option when I right click on an image file in Finder.


    Any ideas on how to sort this?



  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    The confusion lies with your use of both the terms Service and Contextual menu to refer to then same thing. These are two different things.


    Anyone can make a service which is added under the Services item in the contextual menu


    Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 12.33.20 .png


    The ability to add an actual menu item to the Contextual menu (at least easily) was removed some OS versions ago. It is still possible but requires actual programming and is not supported by Apple anymore.



  • RiverdaleMAC Level 1 Level 1

    I do see that my Automator created Service (Add Image to Aperture) would be in the Services sub-menu of the contextual menu, or at least should be. However, something else is going on her that I'm obviously misssing.


    Even though I have "Service receives selected [IMAGE FILE] in [Any Application]" selected at the top of the workflow window....


    Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 3.59.42 PM.png


    when I right click on an image in Safari the services sub-menu is not present......


    Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 3.53.57 PM.jpg



    Furthermore, when I right click on an existing image file in Finder..........


    Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 3.52.49 PM.jpg


    The service I have created (Add Image to Aperture) is available but only directly from the contextual menu and NOT contained within a Services sub-menu (there isn't one there). Not that I really care exactly where my (Add Image to Aperture) Service is located, I just want it to work.


    Thanks for all your efforts here! I'm sure I'm making this WAY more complex than it needs to be, I'm just not seeing something with this.


    Additional thought: Is it possible that who ever created the website is preventing "right-click save image" functionality which is throwing another variable into the mix? Although, I've tried in on lots of different websites and that doesn't seem to be the case.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7

    What version of the OS are you running?