I'm interested in this too but instead of Aperture I use Capture One Pro. For example I shoot tethered (camera attached to a laptop/computer via a USB cord). When I take a picture it gets stored in a designated folder. What I would like to have done is to have those images in the folder that are being taken and in real time duplicate it/them in another folder on the laptop/computer or even on an external USB/firewire drive.
I'm new to mac and don't know anything about automator actions and how it works.
No direspect to Terence Devlin, but creating an Automator action like that will not make a "watch folder". A watch folder is a folder in which the program actively changes the contents of it's database based on changes in a particular folder. The following things would be recognized:
- New/Moved Files
- Copied Files
- Deleted Files
- New/Moved folders/subfolders
- Copied folders/subfolders
- Deleted folders/subfolders
An automator script like that only recognizes one thing:
- New files
An Automator action attached to a Finder Folder should do what you want. I use Sony cameras, which Aperture does not support for tethering, but I tether them all same, and have a "Hot Uploads to Aperture" Finder folder that automatically bounces files saved to it to a Project in Aperture. You should be able to do something similar with C1P.
Here is a Google search for "automator folder action"
The person I responded to stated his/her need:
What I would like to have done is to have those images in the folder that are being taken and in real time duplicate it/them in another folder on the laptop/computer or even on an external USB/firewire drive.
An Automator action attached to a Finder Folder should do what you want.
Neither the question nor the answer were about a watch folder as you have carefully defined it.
Equally to the point, Terence did not say that his recommendation would create a watch folder. He implied -- correctly -- that the OP could solve his/her problem by using an Automator action attached to a Finder folder.
The OP _specified_ his/her needs: to " ... have Aperture watch a folder and automatically import new photos". He/She was not looking for a "watch folder".
You are correct, Kirby. I was looking for watch folder capability when I found this thread. I read what I wanted to read, without actually understanding the original request.
Although I admit that I made a mistake above regarding the original post, the information I posted about watch folders is correct. Aperture does not scan folders like Picasa, for example. Most likely due to the non-destructive editing system.
Thank you for your gracious apology. Accepted .
(Added:) Ah -- you'd done well, and then ... added the response to Frank. Terence never said that Automator would create a "watch folder". When you said
No direspect to Terence Devlin, but creating an Automator action like that will not make a "watch folder".
your disrespect was evident. That is to what (I'm sure) Frank responded. The information you presented is correct. The conclusions you drew from it were hasty and -- as you admitted -- wrong.
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