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Managing multiple libraries

From: Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

Video: Managing multiple libraries

Let's take a look at managing multiple libraries, and there could be all sorts of reasons why you would want to do this. Some people like to have different libraries for different types of activities. Sometimes, if you're in a family situation, you may want to have a family library and then each person may want to have an individual library for their own artistic endeavors. There could be all sorts of reasons and they're easy to manage and they also flow both back and forth between iPhoto and Aperture. Right now, we have three different libraries that we're looking at right here, the Audi R8 Library, Carpenteria, and Sunflowers.

Managing multiple libraries

Let's take a look at managing multiple libraries, and there could be all sorts of reasons why you would want to do this. Some people like to have different libraries for different types of activities. Sometimes, if you're in a family situation, you may want to have a family library and then each person may want to have an individual library for their own artistic endeavors. There could be all sorts of reasons and they're easy to manage and they also flow both back and forth between iPhoto and Aperture. Right now, we have three different libraries that we're looking at right here, the Audi R8 Library, Carpenteria, and Sunflowers.

Now, I could open any of these libraries just by double-clicking on it. These are all created in Aperture, so if I open it the first time by double-clicking, it's going to open the library in Aperture. And there are our sunflowers, right there. Now, I can switch to one of the other libraries right here in Aperture. If I go up to File>Switch to Library, and then I go to Other/New.

You'll see that it brings up the dialogue box that presents our other libraries to us. So, let's go to Audi R8. Choose and on the fly, just like that, Aperture has opened up the Audi library. Now, here's what's kind of fun about this. If I go back to File>Switch to Library, you'll see that it remembers Sunflowers from before. So, I could just switch back to sunflowers. And now, it will also remember Audi. It's right here.

Now, we have another library in there, the Carpenteria. So, let's take a look at that. I'll go to Other/New, go to Carpenteria, choose it. Now, we have our Carpenteria shots right here. Very nice! We'll go back to the File menu, and look at this. Now, in the Switch to Library, I have both sunflowers and Audi R8. So, it remembers this and it's very easy to switch among those libraries. We'll leave it at Carpenteria right now.

This works for iPhoto also. Let's go ahead and quit Aperture. I showed you before how you could set the default so that these will open up in another application, iPhoto or Aperture. You can do it on the Find. If you hold down the Ctrl key and you get the pop-up menu, the contextual pop-up menu here, you can do Open with right here. We can take this Aperture Library right now and open it in iPhoto. Here we go.

Here are our Sunflower shots, right here. So now, we're in iPhoto. The procedure is very similar for switching among the libraries. We'll go to File>Switch to Library. The dialogue box looks a little different but it's basically the same thing. So, go to Audi R8, choose. We have to relaunch and that's one of the differences between iPhoto and Aperture. Aperture can just do it on the fly.

iPhoto actually needs to relaunch the app to switch libraries. We'll go ahead and do that. It takes maybe a little bit longer here, but the results are the same. And then if we wanted to switch back again, we just go to Switch to Library. Even though these were created in Aperture, we can still use them in iPhoto. I'm going to choose that, Relaunch. I would say as you're doing your scorecard and if speed while switching libraries is important to you, I would say that Aperture definitely gets the nod in this particular category.

I'll go ahead and quit iPhoto. We'll come back. Even though we opened with, it did not change the default application for these libraries. So, if I just double-click on the library, it's going to go back to the default app, which in this case is Aperture. Switching among these libraries is easy, both with iPhoto and Aperture, and it's just a matter of knowing to go to the File>Switch to Library and then, in Aperture's case, it actually even remembers the previous libraries you've opened.

So, you can manage multiple libraries easily with both applications.

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Using iPhoto and Aperture Together

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  1. 2m 5s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. How to take this course
      32s
    3. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 16m 4s
    1. Sharing libraries
      1m 45s
    2. Creating a new library and determining its location
      4m 2s
    3. Specifying which application opens the library by default
      3m 22s
    4. Moving and renaming the library
      2m 16s
    5. Managing multiple libraries
      4m 39s
  3. 13m 18s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture importing tools
      1m 28s
    2. Simplified importing with iPhoto
      2m 8s
    3. Advanced importing with Aperture
      5m 55s
    4. Importing into iPhoto libraries with Aperture
      3m 47s
  4. 16m 40s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture library organization
      5m 13s
    2. Exploring the iPhoto Library pane
      3m 3s
    3. Reviewing the Aperture Library Inspector
      3m 22s
    4. Hiding photos in one app so they don't appear in the other
      3m 33s
    5. Understanding how Smart Albums behave differently in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 29s
  5. 23m 34s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture editing tools
      2m 49s
    2. The five-step image edit in iPhoto
      4m 34s
    3. The seven-step image edit in Aperture
      7m 36s
    4. Choosing the right app for sharpening
      1m 40s
    5. Converting to black and white in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 19s
    6. Applying effects in iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 36s
  6. 13m 42s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture slideshow tools
      3m 18s
    2. Choosing iPhoto for quick slideshow authoring
      2m 54s
    3. Choosing Aperture for advanced slideshow authoring
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing an existing iPhoto slideshow with Aperture tools
      1m 28s
    5. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture for exporting slideshows
      2m 53s
  7. 11m 20s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture exporting tools
      2m 33s
    2. Using iPhoto for simple file export
      2m 34s
    3. Using Aperture for advanced file export
      3m 10s
    4. Cleaning up your iPhoto library in Aperture
      3m 3s
  8. 20m 4s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture sharing tools
      2m 8s
    2. Integrating Photo Stream into your photo workflow
      2m 6s
    3. Deciding which application manages your Photo Stream
      2m 23s
    4. Using Photo Stream as part of an archiving strategy
      2m 7s
    5. Sharing your images with others using Photo Stream
      2m 49s
    6. Sharing images on Facebook with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 40s
    7. Publishing images to Flickr with iPhoto and Aperture
      3m 12s
    8. Emailing photos with iPhoto and Aperture
      2m 39s
  9. 31m 21s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture printing tools
      2m 4s
    2. Creating letterpress, folded, and flat cards in iPhoto
      4m 15s
    3. Using iPhoto for simple book authoring
      4m 32s
    4. Using Aperture for advanced book authoring
      5m 52s
    5. Creating a calendar in iPhoto
      2m 48s
    6. Ordering prints in iPhoto and Aperture
      1m 20s
    7. Making an inkjet print in iPhoto
      3m 49s
    8. Making a basic print in Aperture
      3m 47s
    9. Making a custom print in Aperture
      2m 54s
  10. 8m 5s
    1. Comparing iPhoto and Aperture archiving tools
      1m 15s
    2. Options for backing up your iPhoto library
      1m 46s
    3. Options for backing up your Aperture library
      3m 1s
    4. Using Aperture to back up your iPhoto library
      2m 3s
  11. 51s
    1. Next steps
      51s

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