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Options for backing up your Aperture library

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Video: Options for backing up your Aperture library

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.

Options for backing up your Aperture library

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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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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