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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.
I'm going to talk a little bit about which application opens the library that you are looking at here in the Finder. Now, I created this library, for instance, with Aperture and if I double-click on it, then it will open this library in Aperture. That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it, because that's what I created. And then, we have the iPhoto Library here and this was created in iPhoto. So, if I double-click on it, guess what, drum roll, three, two, and yes, the library opens in iPhoto.
But again, remember we're talking about the unified library here. So, it doesn't have to be that way. You can change your mind. You can start out with a library in iPhoto that you've created in iPhoto. And then suddenly, you're using the Aperture more and you want that library maybe to open in Aperture by default. Here's how to do it. I'm just going to click on this iPhoto Library right here and I'm going to do Command+I to bring up the Info box right here.
Now, there's a couple of interesting things in the Info box. First of all, you'll notice that we have the iPhoto Library and you can see the extension is photolibrary. Let's do it with the Aperture Library just so we can compare, Command+I again. Look here, Aperture Library and it has a different extension. That's kind of interesting considering that either of these libraries will open in either application. Now, the other thing that you'll notice is that with the Aperture Library, you see, Open with Aperture, iPhoto Library, Open with iPhoto. Let's change that.
Let's have a little bit of fun. Let's get whacky here. What I'm going to do is take this iPhoto Library and then go to Open with, and we're going to change it to Aperture, just like this. Now, we're not going to change them all, just this one library. Again, we're in the Info box so I'm going to close this. Now, you saw what happened before when I double-clicked on this. It opened this library in iPhoto. Let's double-click it and see what happens now. It says, iPhoto Library, but when we double- click, by golly, look at this, we're in Aperture.
So, the extension didn't change, this is part of the unified library thing. The extension didn't change, but we gave instructions to have this library open in Aperture. Now, let's change it again just because we can. So, we'll quit Aperture, go back to the iPhoto Library, do Command+I to get the Get Info box and we'll go here. Now, we're going to say, Open with iPhoto, click that. We're going to close it. Come right here, double- click and here is the iPhoto.
This is the way that you have control over the default application that opens in any particular library. You don't have to change the default. You can always open that library in the other application. But some people like to double-click on libraries to go ahead and open the application. And if you wanted to open in the right one, so you don't have to do that extra step of switching the library, this is how you do it.
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