Quick Aperture 2 Question

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Binford, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Binford macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Hello. I was just wondering, is it possible to access pictures in my aperture library with other programs? or just use preview funciton to open the (the osx preview app, not 'preview' within aperture). i've noticed that the pictures files in ap2 are saved into proprietary aperture 2 library files as opposed to just the files themselves .

    thank you!
  2. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    You can browse into the Aperture library if you crtl click on it and pick 'Show Package Contents' there 's a bunch of directories in there. You shouldn't change anything in there though otherwise Aperture will get confused and you risk damaging your library.

    iLife applications have access to your photos in the same way as if you were using iPhoto. For example you can build iDVD slideshows with your Aperture library.
  3. Richard Flynn macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    In Leopard (not sure which OS you're using) you can access your Aperture (and iPhoto, and iTunes) libraries from just about any open/import dialog box throughout the system—that's no longer limited solely to the iLife apps. This works even if the application in question was written prior to Leopard. So, you could be in Word '04, and import an image direct from your Aperture library.

    The photos that are accessible from outside Aperture are the previews generated by Aperture. So, you will only have photos within the resolution defined in your Aperture preferences for preview resolution.
  4. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    Access to your Aperture library is built right into every open/save box: at the bottom, you'll find Media > Pictures. Both, iPhoto and Aperture Library will show up if they exist. You can access your whole library with the same structure as in the respective app itself (i. e. the folder/project structure is the same).

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