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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.
In an earlier movie, I talked about using Time Machine to back up your iPhoto Library, and it definitely has its merits. But I have an alternative to show you also and it's because of the unified library, we can do this. So, we can do our work here in iPhoto. And then, after the work session is over, I'm going to go ahead and quit iPhoto and I'm just going to open it in Aperture and I'm going to set up a Vault for my iPhoto Library.
So, I go down here to the Gear, Add Vault. It gives us this message that I think is handy and that I appreciate. We are going to call it Carpinteria. We're going to put it on the same hard drive where I have another Vault. Click Add. We'll go down here to Show Vaults. There it is and the red indicates that I have both master files and metadata that need to be backed up. So, let's do that right now. I click on that and the Aperture will proceed to back up my iPhoto Library.
My red icon changes to black, so I know everything is safe and sound. So now I can quit Aperture. I can open this in iPhoto if I wish, and all my work is backed up. Now, the routine that I would suggest here is that whenever you finish a work session in iPhoto, just go ahead and close the library. Open it up in Aperture and run your Vault. And if you do that as a habit, then you will stay on top of your backup for iPhoto.
You can do this in addition to Time Machine. So, for example, you could have Time Machine going to one hard drive and the Vault going to a different hard drive and you sort of cover your bet so to speak. So, it's an alternative that we can use because of the unified library, and it's one that I think is worth consideration.
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