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Aperture provides more backup solutions than iPhoto. We can use Time Machine as we do with the iPhoto. The pros to Time Machine are that it's automated. The cons are that it's going to back up our entire Pictures folder, and there could be all sorts of stuff in there that you don't care about and you don't want taking up space on your external hard disk. So, we have another option. It's called the Vault, and I have one setup right down here, the lynda Exercise Files Vault. And the way that I do that is I go to the Gear menu here and I choose Add Vault.
And I have other options here too. I can remove it. I can update it, which we're going to do in here in a second, and then the all important Restore Library in case, I actually have to take advantage of my backup because I've lost data and I need to get it back. So, you use that right there. Now, the Vault will also tell you what's going on. When the arrows here are black, that means that everything is up-to-date. But let's take a photo here and let's make a few changes to it.
Up the contrast just a bit. Maybe open up the shadows a hair. Just have a little bit of fun with it. And I know I'm going to add a Vignette because I like those for portraits. All right! So, we've made a few changes to this image. I'll hit the V key to take it back to Thumbnail View. Now let's go back to the Library, and look, it's yellow. Yellow means that we have made some sort of metadata change to our library.
We haven't added or deleted any photos, but we've made a metadata change. So, in that case, if you want to save your work, and that's what yellow really means, right? You want to save your work. You can update the Vault by going over to it, clicking on it and choosing Update, and Aperture will only update those changes so that it happens really fast. It doesn't have to save your entire library, just a few changes. And then you go back to black.
Now, if you see red over here on the arrows, then that means that you've added new pictures, so that you have images also that need to be backed up. Usually, when I see red, then I try to run the Vault as soon as possible. So, the Vault is a very nice way to only back up the work that has changed in your Aperture Library. You can set one up for each library that you use. You can have multiple hard drives so you can have multiple Vaults, let's say one at home and one at work, if you're using a laptop and back up to each of those when it's convenient.
So, it's a nice method for backing up your Aperture Library, and as you'll find out in the next movie, a way to back up your iPhoto Library too. Check it out.
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