When Aperture v1.5 was released I eagerly embraced a workflow using Referenced files. After all, I enjoy the freedom to periodically open images in other programs without exporting them, and being able to store images offline was a necessity given the volume of pictures I shoot. Having Aperture reference the files and store previews within the Library seemed ideal. I chose to create previews that were large enough that I could use them to create presentations using Keynote. while on the road. What a wonderful boost to productivity!
And then all of a sudden I encountered a wall. I needed to email one of those offline referenced files to a client. Emailing online or managed files from Aperture couldn’t be easier - you simply select the image(s) and click the mail icon. But Aperture stubbornly refuses to allow you to create an email using the previews of offline images by clicking the Mail icon
I finally found a way to send an email of an offline image. Rather than clicking the mail icon, first create a new email. Then in Aperture click on the image thumbnail and drag it into the email. If you don’t care about the size of the image in your email, you can simply send it as is. However since I create large previews , these images are larger than what I like to send in an email.
To resize the images , Ctrl + click (right click) on the image in the email to open it in Photoshop. Resize it there and save it. Then attach that version to a new email. (Delete the original email with the larger version.) Admittedly this is a little awkward, but it does work. That way if you’re on the road and a client asks to see a picture that’s in your Aperture library, you can send it immediately and not have to carry your entire backup drive with you.