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One of the questions that I get a lot is, is there a way I can share my Aperture library with somebody else? Let's say that a couple of people are working on a project. Well you can't put Aperture library on a network server and have different people access it simultaneously. That doesn't work but with this new library system, there is a way that you can share your work. And let me show you how that works. And then see if that will fit into your workflow. So let's say that I have a friend who also takes pictures of parking spots with his mobile phone, and he wants to add to my collection of shots and I go, "great, let me send you the library." "You can add and then you can send it back to me." So all I have to do of course is go to my project here and I am just going to Export > Project as New Library.
And we will just call it iPhone Shots. So we are going to put it here in our Exercise Files. We are going to consolidate, we are going to include previews, and yes we want that alert when we are finished. So we will go ahead and send it out. Aperture does its thing. Here is our message. So we will reveal in Finder, there it is. Now what I can do is I can send this to my friend, I can iChat with him and I can send the file to him even that way, where you just drop it onto his name.
I can put it on a network server where he can grab it and then what he will do is that he will open up this library, he can add to it in Aperture, and then when he closes the Aperture, he can send it back to me and I can either open it up as a separate library or I can merge it back into this library here. All the work travels with it, the metadata, the previews, the masters, all back and forth. This is a nice way to share your work with other people and it is not putting on a network server and everyone accessing it but it can be put on a network server and have other people use it and then have you either bring it back into your library or open it up.
Think about the applications for you, hopefully there will be something that will work when you are working with other people.
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