In Leopard, and with the latest version of Aperture, it is easier and faster than ever to email photos that are inside Aperture. You don’t even need to open Aperture to do it. You can email photos from your Aperrture library direct from within Mail.
In Mail, when you click on New Message, you will notice two new buttons on the upper right hand corner of the pane. The first button is Photo Browser and the other is Show Stationery. When you are replying to an email instead of creating a new one, the Show Stationery button will not be available but the Photo Browser button will still be there.
Click on the Photo Browser and you will see that all the images from your active and currently selected Aperture library are there. You can see the photos in List View or Icon View, and when necessary, you can open an image in Aperture from there. Select and drag the images you want in your email, resize accordingly, type in a few quick notes, click on the send button, and your email with the photos from Aperture is on its way.
In the past, I realized that the times when I most wanted to show photos to clients or to share with my associates are when I am writing an email. It just make sense this way, and Apple has addressed this matter. I’ve always wanted a quick and convenient way to be able to email the photos from a shoot.
In Aperture’s previous version, and in Tiger, the way to email photos is by exporting them to an Email. You still can do this, but the Photo Browser in Mail saves you time and reduces the number of clicks. It seems more convenient by doing it from within Mail itself.
However, you will notice that the versions of the images you may have created while working in Aperture do not show up in the Photo Browser. If you want to email the versions instead of the original shot, you still have to go inside Aperture, and do the usual, which is to export to an Email.
Despite this minor limitation, the new Photo Browser feature of Aperture from within Mail is a fantastic idea that extends its functionality.