5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 18, 2012 9:38 AM by greg1424
greg1424 Level 1 (0 points)

I shoot in RAW and the file sizes are large and I can manipulate the e-mails BUT

I noitced that when I drag and dropped RAW photos on to a CD to burn the jPeg qulaity dropped.

For instance a 14.5mb drops to 537kb..


I would guess I need to change something and would like help with the issue.


Thnak you,



Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Thomas Emmerich Level 4 (3,485 points)

    Drag and drop out of Aperture uses the Preview files. The size of the preview files is determined by the Aperture Preferences setting. If you haven't changed it, I believe the default setting is half size. If you want larger previews for drag and drop, change the setting to a larger size.


    Once you've changed the Preview setting, you'll need to force the previews to be regenerated. Photos->Generate Previews (while holding the option key down).


    A disadvantage of increasing the Preview size is your library will get larger. To prevent that, instead just export your images in the size you need. Choose File->Export->Versions... to export a file of any size you need and use those to burn to the CD.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Short answer -- apologies in advance, I don't have much bandwith or time -- drag-&-drop is for chumps.  Use an Export Preset.

  • greg1424 Level 1 (0 points)

    I take no offense but one of the original benefits of a MAC, and still is, is the drag and drop ability.

    It is a tremendous short cut.


    As to the export file, I did forget about that as some times I simple transfer directly to PSE or iPhoto.


    Thanks for the reminder



  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 (12,510 points)

    Hi Greg -- I really wish I could retract my post.  It doesn't read at all the way I thought it did.  Please accept my apology.  What I was trying to say is that as a means of exporting, drag-and-drop is effectively crippled in Aperture.


    Aperture's complexity makes dragging-and-dropping Images to create and export files unworkable without additional input.  The designers made, imho, a good decision in making drag-and-drop of Images from Aperture to another program equal to exporting the Previews of the dragged Images.


    Again, my apologies -- and my thanks for your soft handling of my rudeness.





  • greg1424 Level 1 (0 points)

    Kirby :


    I grew up in NYC, Rudeness is a word we do not use or worry about.

    We prefer direct to the point answers as you made.


    I live in Texas now and get yelled at all the time for being direct and to the point.


    Bottom line, you solved my problem, that is all that counts !


    Thanks, again,