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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.
iPhoto and the Aperture: they may look different, they may feel different, in fact, they even do different things or at least do things differently, right? There's a distinction there, but the one thing about them is that they share the same library structure, the unified library. If we go over to our Pictures Folder inside our Exercise Files here, we'll see that the Aperture library and the iPhoto library, they look very much the same.
Now, this one was created--this library right here--was created by iPhoto, as you may have guessed. I'm sure you're way ahead of me on this, that this Aperture library here was created by Aperture, but I can open this Aperture library in iPhoto and vice versa. So, what we're going to get into is that this opens many possibilities for us. We can leverage the best tools from each application using the same library.
So, the first step to this-- this is like wanting to change-- the first step is, believing that these libraries will be consistent with both applications and I'm going to give you my word right now, they will be. Now, I'm using iPhoto 9.4.2 for this training and Aperture 3.4.3. If you have Aperture 3.4 or later or iPhoto 9 or later, you're in good shape. You can follow along.
If you don't, watch these movies, you'll be highly motivated to get the current version of both of these applications.
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