An Overview of Sharing Images

Aperture also allows you to create Flickr and Facebook albums to collect photos for publication on http://www.flickr.com and http://www.facebook.com. Images placed in Flickr and Facebook albums in Aperture are automatically exported to and published in your Flickr and Facebook accounts.

If you have a MobileMe account or you've moved to iCloud from a preexisting MobileMe account, you can use Aperture to easily publish albums to your MobileMe account on the web. You simply select the images and movies that you want to publish and then create a MobileMe album. Aperture automatically transfers the images and movies to your MobileMe account and creates a new MobileMe Gallery album for anyone with Internet access to view. MobileMe albums provide a simple and stylish way to post images and movies on the web without your having to deal with HTML coding or manually transferring files.

FIgure. MobileMe Gallery album.

Once images and movies are published in a MobileMe album, Aperture can automatically monitor and update your MobileMe Gallery with new images and movies or remove them as you change the contents of the MobileMe album in Aperture. People who access your MobileMe Gallery can view the posted albums, inspect large versions of the images, play movies, and subscribe to your website. If you choose, you can also set up your MobileMe account to allow image downloads, send photo albums to others via email, and send out email messages announcing new albums.

The first time you create a MobileMe, Flickr, or Facebook album, Aperture prompts you to enter your account information. If you don’t have an account with any of the websites, you can create one. Aperture stores your account information for each website in the Mac OS X secure keychain. You can also post images to multiple MobileMe, Flickr, and Facebook accounts from within Aperture. With your account settings in place, Aperture immediately creates a MobileMe, Flickr, or Facebook album and then publishes the album to the corresponding account’s website.

Figure. Facebook login dialog.

Once you have an existing MobileMe, Flickr, or Facebook album in place, you can continue to publish to it by dragging images into the MobileMe, Flickr, or Facebook album in the Library inspector. When you select a MobileMe, Flickr, or Facebook album in the Library inspector, Aperture automatically uploads the unpublished images. Any images posted to your MobileMe, Flickr, and Facebook accounts from other software applications, your web browser, or a mobile device automatically appear in their respective albums in the Library inspector.

In addition, you can have Aperture check to see if any new albums appear in your MobileMe and Flickr accounts or if any new sets appear in your Flickr accounts. If Aperture detects the presence of a new album in your MobileMe or Facebook accounts, it downloads the album’s configuration. The new MobileMe or Facebook album appears in the Library inspector. If Aperture detects a new set in your Flickr account, the new set appears as a Flickr album in the Library inspector. To view the contents of a new album, select the new album in the Library inspector.

Figure. Flickr and Facebook albums in the Library inspector.

Important: You will no longer have access to your MobileMe Gallery after June 30, 2012.

About Flickr Sets

When you publish images to a Flickr set, the image or group of images is placed in a Flickr album in the Library inspector. Likewise, if Aperture detects a new Flickr set in your Flickr account, Aperture creates a new Flickr album in the Library inspector and downloads the set’s configuration. Clicking the Sync button next to the new Flickr album downloads the images from the Flickr set.

Note: A Flickr album is not created for images and video published to your Flickr photostream. For more information about publishing Flickr sets and uploading photos and video to your Flickr photostream, see Signing In to Flickr and Facebook.