Aperture Tricks – All About Apple Aperture

January 24, 2006


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While you can make beautiful slideshows in Aperture, you can’t save them for export. Here’s a workaround using Apple’s powerful Automator.

This workflow will export the images from any Aperture album to a new slideshow in the currently open iDVD project. *Note you must have iDVD and Automator for this to work.

Step #1: Run Automator and Choose Album

From the Library column on the left side of a new Automator window, select the Aperture action group to reveal its actions in the Action column. Locae and double-click the Choose Albums list item in the Action column to add it to the workflow.

This action will be used to select the album containing the images you wish to export.

To allow the choice of album selection to be made every time the workflow is run, click the Options disclosure triangle at the bottom left of the action view to reveal other action settings. Select the Show When Run checkbox to enable display of the action view when the workflow is executed.

Step #2: Export Images

The next step in the workflow will be to export the images from the chosen album using one of Aperture’s export settings. From the list of Aperture actions, drag the Export Images action from the list to the end of the workflow and release the mouse to add the action.

Choose the export setting you wish to use from the Export Setting popup menu in the action view, and then select the destination folder for the exported images from the Destination popup menu.

NOTE: Any export settings you create within Aperture will automatically be displayed in the popup list along with the built-in settings.

Step #3: Create Slideshow

Select the iDVD icon in the Library column to display its actions. Double-click the New iDVD Slideshow list item to add it to the end of the workflow.

As with the first action in the workflow, click the Options control in the action view to display the action’s optional parameters. Select the Show When Run checkbox to enable this action view to be displayed when the workflow is executed.

Step #4: Save the Workflow

From the File menu in Automator, choose Save as Plug-in… to display the save sheet at the top of the workflow window.

Name the workflow Aperture Album to iDVD Slideshow and select Script Menu from the Plug-in for popup menu. Click the Save button to save the workflow, and then close the workflow window. The saved workflow will now be available from the system-wide Script Menu at the top right of the main menu bar.

Step #5: Run the Workflow

To execute the workflow, select the Aperture Album to iDVD Slideshow menu item from the Script Menu. The action view for the first action will be displayed. Select the source album.

NOTE: if more than one album is selected, their images will combined into a single group of images. To create multiple slideshows, run the workflow for each slideshow you wish to create.

After you’ve chosen the source album, the workflow will continue by exporting each image in the chosen album using the previously chosen export setting. The status of the workflow will be displayed next to the Script Menu icon in the main menu bar.

Once the export process has completed, the action view for the iDVD slideshow will be displayed. Enter the name for the slideshow and any desired settings.

The slideshow will be created in the currently open iDVD project.

You now have an automation tool for creating new iDVD slideshows using the images from any Aperture album.

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