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Choosing between power and simplicity isn't an either-or proposition. The latest versions of iPhoto and Aperture now share a common photo library format, which means you can store all your photos in one central library, and then switch between the two apps as needed: use iPhoto for its simplicity and great sharing options, and Aperture for its powerful organization, image editing, and publishing features.
In this course, photographer, author, and teacher Derrick Story shows key strategies for employing both iPhoto and Aperture in a digital photography workflow. The course begins with a look at the unified photo library format and managing your library with both applications.
Next, the course examines the professional-level image editing features in Aperture and details strategies for sharing photos through slideshows and print projects, guiding you to the best application for the job at hand. It concludes with lessons on exporting photos using Aperture, managing an iCloud Photo Stream, and backing up your library.
After you've done all this great work in your iPhoto and Aperture Libraries, you want to make sure that you save it. Not only saving the photos themselves because they're important, but if you put a lot of hours into those photos, you want to save those efforts also. So, it's important to look at backing up your libraries, and I'm going to talk about, in the next few movies, the differences between backing up your iPhoto Library and backing up your Aperture Library so that you can choose the method that works best for you.
Because of the unified library, you can use either application to backup any of your libraries. So, in iPhoto for example, you don't have any built-in backup tools. You don't see any of that here in the interface. We'll have to use Time Machine, and I'm going to show you a bit more about that in the next movie. Aperture however, is a different story. Aperture has something called the Vault, and that is built-in to Aperture. And we're going to learn how to use that also.
The cool thing is, when we get to the end of this chapter, you can use the Vault to backup your iPhoto Library. So stay tuned. We're going to get into all of that right now.
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