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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.
So, both Aperture and iPhoto can tap your Photo Stream, but only one at a time and this is different than with Facebook and Flickr where you can have both apps talking to your Facebook and Flickr accounts. You can only have one of these apps tapping into the Photo Stream. So, you have to make a decision; which one? Which application are you going to use to manage your Photo Stream. Now, my top of mind recommendation is the application that I don't use as my default Photo Library Manager, it's the one that I use for Photo Stream.
So, in my case, I'm a heavy Aperture user. I love Aperture. It's my go-to application for managing all my photography work. So, I don't have Aperture running my Photo Stream. What I have done is that I have setup iPhoto to handle my Photo Stream activities because, as we know, I can open the iPhoto Library in Aperture in at very once if I want to work with those images. So, what I have done is I've enabled Automatic Import so that all of the images from my iPhone, my iPad, Photo Stream flow into my iPhoto Library here and then that way I have automatic backup and I'm going to talk a little bit more about that archiving strategy in the next movie.
Then, that way, all of the stuff that I do, all of that wacky stuff that I do with my iPhone and my iPad stuff goes into this one library. My serious photography goes into my Aperture Library. Now, it's one way to go about this; I think it's a good way. So, my bottom-line recommendation for managing your Photo Stream, one, is A, take advantage of it because having images that you shoot with your iPhone or iPad and so forth go on to your computer in an automated way is a good thing.
And then, recommendation two is choose the application that you use less often as the application to manage your Photo Stream. We'll get more into that in the next movie where we talk about setting up this archiving procedure.
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