5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 7, 2011 9:24 PM by léonie
huubfrombreda Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to hide some pictures in my aperture library. How can I do this?


Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (25,720 points)

    There's no provision in Aperture to hide images in any secure way.

     

    You can reject pictures or flag them or set a color label and then set the browser to not show those pictures but anyone could  just change the browser filter and those images would be seen.

     

    I'm guessing what you're looking for is the ability to make images not viewable by someone viewing your library without your consent. The best you could do is to place the images you want to hide in a separate library.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,740 points)
    The best you could do is to place the images you want to hide in a separate library.

    If you want to hide this secret, separate library completely, give it a name that starts with a dot, like ".secret.aplibrary", Aperture will warn you that the name should not start with a dot. Just ignore the warning and proceed. However, since you will not be able to see this library in the Finder, you can only open it from the Terminal.

    Lets assume, you have a secret Library  located in your Pictures Folder.

     

      Open Applications/Utilities/Terminal

       type:

      cd Pictures

    open -a Aperture .secret.aplibrary

     

    Then you can admire your secret pictures. To switch back to your regular library use the menu File > switch to library

    and when you are back to your standard library click

    File > clear menu

    to all traces.

     

    To see your hidden files listed in the terminal window, just type "ls -a".

    To rename the secret library, use the "mv"-command:

     

    mv .secret.aplibrary  nolongersecret.aplibrary

     

    Make sure you remember the exact name and path to your secret library - spotlight wan't show it,

    perhaps you could create an innocent looking alias to your secret file, while the file is still visible and before you hide it.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,740 points)
    You can reject pictures or flag them or set a color label and then set the browser to not show those pictures but anyone could  just change the browser filter and those images would be seen.

    One more suggestion: If you just want to cover some images that you don't want to show while you are browsing just stack them behind images that you want to keep visible.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Just put your **** in a password-protected sparsebundle.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (75,740 points)
    Just put your **** in a password-protected sparsebundle.

    That is certainly the safest way to restrict the access to a certain library, but it will not conceal its existence.