Exporting Webpages

After you’ve created your webpages, you can post them to your MobileMe account or your website so that others can access them via the Internet. Your Aperture webpages are composed of numerous files, including image files and thumbnail images, HTML webpage files, and additional web formatting files. All of these files are linked together to compose your webpages, and they must be transferred intact to the website in a manner that preserves the links and relationships between files.

For information about posting your webpages to the Internet, see the following sections:

Exporting to MobileMe

If you have a MobileMe account or an iCloud account upgraded from a preexisting MobileMe account, you can easily transfer your web gallery or web journal to your MobileMe account. Aperture transfers the files with links intact and creates the Internet addresses that others use to access the pages. The web address of your new MobileMe album appears in the Publish Album dialog and in the web browser after the pages are published. You can copy and send this address to clients so they can view the photos.

Warning: You can publish web galleries and web journals to MobileMe from within Aperture only if you have a MobileMe account or you’ve moved to iCloud from a preexisting MobileMe account. After June 30, 2012, you will no longer have access to your published web galleries and web journals or be able to view them on MobileMe. If you’ve removed a web gallery or web journal from your Aperture library, you can retrieve the published contents by connecting to your iDisk and then copying the published files from the Sites folder to your computer. For more information about working with iDisk, see Mac Help.

To export your web gallery or web journal to your MobileMe account
  1. In the Webpage Editor, click the Publish to MobileMe button.

  2. In the dialog that appears, specify the following:

    • Publish Album As: Enter a name for the web gallery or web journal.

      The Internet address for the webpage appears below the Publish Album As field. Make sure to write down this address for later use.

    • Thumbnail Image Preset pop-up menu: Choose the quality you want for displayed thumbnail images.
    • Detail Image Preset pop-up menu: Choose the quality of detail images that will appear when someone clicks a thumbnail.
  3. When you’re ready, click Publish.

    All images are first exported to your local hard disk and then uploaded to your MobileMe account. The upload process may take a while, depending on the number and size of the images as well as the speed of the Internet connection. When the upload process is complete, the Publish Complete dialog appears, listing the address of your webpage.

    If you would like to check on the progress of an export operation, choose Window > Show Activity. The Activity window displays the progress of each export operation. You can also use this window to pause and cancel an export operation.

  4. Select the address listed in the Publish Complete dialog and press Command-C to copy the address to the Clipboard. You need this address to link the web gallery or web journal to your MobileMe homepage.

  5. Click View in Browser to see the new webpage.

The published web gallery or web journal appears in your web browser.

About Updating Web Galleries and Web Journals

When you update the images in a web gallery or web journal already posted to MobileMe, Aperture first checks to determine which images in the web gallery or web journal are new or changed and then exports only those images to temporary storage for transfer to MobileMe, which saves time when you are updating a large number of pages.

Exporting Webpages as HTML Files

Integrating your Aperture webpages into your business’s website requires you to thoroughly understand your website structure and web server. With some planning, you can modify your homepage or access pages to provide links to your Aperture webpages.

You can also open your webpages in a standard HTML editor and make the changes required for them to work in your site. You can add and revise the HTML code that creates the page structure. You can plan how the pages link to the structure of your website and provide additional items such as navigation buttons or links that normally appear on your webpages. If you use a web design service to create and maintain your site, you can supply your Aperture files to your design service as a folder and allow the design service to integrate your Aperture webpages. If you are your own webmaster, you can transfer your Aperture web files to your web server or Internet service provider using a copying method such as FTP, or using the transfer features of your webpage service.

You can export webpages that you’ve created in Aperture. When you export your Aperture webpages, you can export them to a folder on your computer to keep them organized in one place. You can name the folder and choose the image quality and file types that are created. Aperture has web export presets you can choose that automatically set up the export of webpages. You can choose an existing export preset or create your own.

To export webpages
  1. In the Webpage Editor, click the Export Web Pages button.

  2. In the dialog that appears, type a name for the folder that will hold the webpage files in the Export As field.

    Figure. Export dialog.
  3. Choose a location for the webpage folder from the Where pop-up menu.

  4. Choose a web export preset for your thumbnail images from the Thumbnail Image Preset pop-up menu.

  5. Choose a web export preset for your detail image pages from the Detail Image Preset pop-up menu.

  6. If you would like to be notified when the export process is complete, select the “Show alert when finished” checkbox.

  7. When you’re ready to export your webpages, click Export.

The images you selected are exported to the location you specified.

Note: If you would like to check on the progress of an export operation, choose Window > Show Activity. The Activity window displays the progress of each export operation. You can also use this window to pause and cancel an export operation.