One of the things I like to do on this blog is to discuss features in Aperture that I’ve recently discovered or perhaps just started using. And with the hundreds or thousands of features in this program it looks like I’ll have plenty to write about for a long time.
Normally when I’m on the road I take my MacbookPro and an external 500GB firewire hard drive (I recently outgrew and replaced my 250GB USB drive). I have a copy of my main Aperture library on the firewire drive for two reasons; 1. It’s a backup copy that goes with me wherever I go, just in case my home burns to the ground or a satellite drops out of the sky and crushes it. 2. I have my entire library with me in case I need an image for any reason.
One of the problems with running Aperture on my MacBookPro and the external firewire drive is that it does not run at the speed I’m used to at home on my MacPro (and that’s to be expected) due to the slower processor, less RAM, and firewire vs SATA3.0 drives. Also syncing up the two libraries presents it’s own challenges.
So this week I thought I’d try another “on the road” workflow. I created a new (empty) Aperture library on my laptop’s internal hard drive and used that library to import my photos from the week. First I created a Project called “MacWorld 2007″, then under that I created Albums called “Roadtrip to MacWorld”, “At The Show” and “San Francisco Area”. I proceeded then to import my day’s shots into the appropriate albums and began key-wording, deleting crummy shots, rating, cropping and other basic editing. This gave a huge headstart on processing my images and it sure beat watching hotel television (can you believe they don’t have 50″ plasma’s in Sheratons yet!!!).
Upon returning home all I had to do was export the project that I created on my laptop using the “Export Project” command by Control-Clicking or Right-Clicking on the project and select Export > Export Project… (Or type Shift-Command-E) and then selecting a destination for the exported project. After a few minutes a file named MacWorld2007.approject was on my desktop. I simply copied that file over to my MacPro desktop machine, launched Aperture, clicked on my main library and went to the File menu and selected Import > Projects…
A few minutes later all my photos from my trip were in my Aperture library and all albums, ratings, edits, keywords, etc were just as they were on my laptop.
I think I’ve finally settled on my preferred “On The Road” workflow … this works for my, give it a try, it might work well for you too.
Until next time,
Allen Rockwell Photography