Publishing Images to Your MobileMe Gallery

Publishing photos directly from Aperture to your MobileMe account is a convenient and effective method of providing web access to your images. Web galleries provide an easy-to-use framework of webpages that can display your images at their best with few design considerations on your part.

You can publish as many MobileMe albums from within Aperture as you want. When you reach the storage capacity of your MobileMe account, you can easily purchase more space.

Important: You can publish albums to MobileMe from within Aperture only if you have a MobileMe account or you’ve moved to iCloud from a preexisting MobileMe account. You will no longer have access to your MobileMe Gallery after June 30, 2012.

For more information, see the following sections:

After publishing an album to your MobileMe Gallery, you can either manually update it or have Aperture automatically update the Gallery as you add images to the MobileMe album within Aperture. For more information, see Updating Your MobileMe Gallery Settings.

Creating a MobileMe Album

When you want to publish images to your MobileMe account, you select the images you want to publish and then create a MobileMe album.

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

To create a MobileMe album
  1. Select the images you want in the MobileMe album.

  2. Choose File > Share > MobileMe Gallery.

    A dialog appears in Aperture with controls for creating a new MobileMe album and setting access restrictions for it.

    Figure. Dialog for creating and publishing a MobileMe album.
  3. Choose New Album from the Album pop-up menu.

  4. Type an album name in the Album Name field.

    This name is used for the album that is created in the Library inspector and for the MobileMe album in your MobileMe account.

  5. Type a short synopsis detailing information about the images in the album in the Album Description field.

  6. Choose the access restrictions you want for your visitors:

    • To specify who can view this album in your MobileMe account: Choose Everyone or “Only me” from the “Album viewable by” pop-up menu.

      You can also add user names to this menu to allow specific people access to the album. To create specific user names, choose Edit Names and Passwords from the “Album viewable by” pop-up menu and enter the names and passwords you want. You can then give clients or friends the user name and password when contacting them about the album.

    • To allow visitors to download your photos from the MobileMe album: Select the “Allow Downloading of” checkbox.

      You can also choose the type of image the visitor can download from the pop-up menu to the right of the “Allow Downloading of” checkbox.

      • To allow visitors to download optimized JPEG images for display on the web: Choose Optimized Images from the pop-up menu.
      • To allow visitors to download full-size JPEG images: Choose Actual Size Images from the pop-up menu.
      • To allow visitors to download both optimized JPEG images for the web and their masters: Choose Optimized & Master Images from the pop-up menu.
    • To allow visitors to upload photos to the MobileMe album: Select the “Allow Uploading of photos via web browser” checkbox.
    • To allow uploading of images to your album by sending an email or using an iPhone: Select the “Allow Adding of photos via email or iPhone” checkbox.

      If you would like to make your email address visible to visitors, click the “Show email address to visitors” checkbox below.

  7. Choose the publishing options you want:

    • To hide the album name on your MobileMe Gallery homepage: Select the “Hide album on my Gallery home page” checkbox.
    • To display either version names or caption text below the images: Select the “Show” checkbox, then choose an option from the pop-up menu.
  8. Click Publish.

Aperture creates a new album and uploads the images to an album in your MobileMe Gallery.

You can view the specific MobileMe account and the album the images were published to, along with when the images were published, using the Metadata inspector. For more information, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.

Figure. Aperture main window showing a MobileMe album selected in the Library inspector and the Viewer and Browser displaying the album's images.

You can now use Safari to see the published MobileMe album.

To view the published MobileMe album
Do one of the following:
  • In the Library inspector, select the MobileMe album, then choose Visit MobileMe Gallery from the MobileMe pop-up menu in the tool strip.

  • Open Safari and go to the MobileMe website at http://www.me.com. Log in using your member name and password. If necessary, switch to Gallery view by clicking the cloud button in the upper-left corner. Then, click the album name to open the album.

When the album is displayed in Safari or another browser, you can use the Tell a Friend feature of the album to send the address link to the people you want to review the album, or you can copy the Internet address of the site from the browser and send it to people.

Publishing to an Existing MobileMe Gallery

After you publish an album to your MobileMe Gallery, you can add images to or remove images from the MobileMe album in the Library inspector and then have Aperture update your MobileMe Gallery album with the changes. Aperture can also check to see whether images have been uploaded to your album and download new or changed images to the MobileMe album in the Library inspector.

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

To publish to an existing MobileMe Gallery album
  1. Select the images you want to add to the MobileMe album.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the images to the MobileMe album in the Library inspector, then select the album.

    • Choose File > Share > MobileMe Gallery.

      A dialog appears in Aperture with controls for publishing to a MobileMe album as well as setting access restrictions for your MobileMe album. Choose the album you want to publish to from the Album pop-up menu, then click Publish.

      Figure. Dialog for creating and publishing a MobileMe album.

Aperture uploads the images to the selected album in your MobileMe Gallery.

To remove an image from a published MobileMe album
  1. In the Library inspector, select the MobileMe album with the image you want to remove.

  2. In the Browser, select the image.

  3. Press Delete.

The image is removed from the MobileMe album in your MobileMe Gallery.

To update and review an individual MobileMe album’s settings
  • In the Library inspector, select the MobileMe album, then choose Settings from the MobileMe pop-up menu in the tool strip.

You can have Aperture check to see if new albums have been posted to your MobileMe Gallery.

To update the MobileMe account’s albums in the Library inspector
  • In the Library inspector, click the Sync button (with a broadcast symbol) to the right of the MobileMe account’s name.

Aperture syncs with the MobileMe account and downloads any new albums that have been posted to your MobileMe Gallery outside of Aperture.

You can also have Aperture sync with a specific MobileMe Gallery album immediately and download any photos or videos posted outside of Aperture.

To update a MobileMe Gallery album in the Library inspector
  • In the Library inspector, click the Sync button (with a broadcast symbol) to the right of the MobileMe album’s name.

Aperture syncs the MobileMe album in the Library inspector with the MobileMe Gallery album online and downloads any new images or video you posted to your MobileMe Gallery album outside of Aperture. To view the new images and video, select the MobileMe album in the Library inspector.

To stop publishing an album in your MobileMe Gallery
  1. In the Library inspector, select the MobileMe album that you want to remove from your MobileMe Gallery.

  2. Press Command-Delete.

    A dialog appears asking you to confirm that you no longer want to publish the album in your MobileMe Gallery.

  3. Click Delete.

Aperture removes the selected MobileMe album and its contents from your MobileMe account.

Updating Your MobileMe Gallery Settings

You can set Aperture to automatically check to see whether new albums have been uploaded to your MobileMe Gallery and download the new or changed albums to the Library inspector by selecting the “Automatically check for newly published albums” checkbox in the Web pane of the Aperture Preferences window. The Web preference pane also displays the amount of iDisk storage that you’re currently using and the total storage capacity to which you have access. When more storage space is needed, you can purchase more by clicking the Account Details button.

Figure. Web pane of the Aperture Preferences window.

If you want to permanently remove a MobileMe album from your MobileMe account, you can select the MobileMe album in the Library inspector and delete it. Aperture removes the MobileMe album from both the web and the Aperture library.

Warning: Deleting a MobileMe album permanently deletes the corresponding MobileMe album online. If you want to temporarily remove a MobileMe account in Aperture, but keep the albums and images as they are in your MobileMe Gallery, you can always disable your MobileMe account in Aperture. For more information about disabling and enabling accounts in Aperture, see Disabling and Enabling MobileMe, Flickr, and Facebook Accounts.

To update and review your global MobileMe Gallery settings
  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click MobileMe.

By default, Aperture is set to regularly check to see if new albums appear in your MobileMe Gallery. However, you can turn this feature off in the Aperture Preferences window.

To turn off checking for new MobileMe albums
  1. Choose Aperture > Preferences, then click Web.

  2. In the Web preference pane, select your MobileMe account.

  3. Deselect the “Automatically check for newly published albums” checkbox.

Aperture no longer checks to see if new albums appear in your MobileMe Gallery. If you want to manually check for new albums, click the Sync button (with a broadcast symbol) to the right of the MobileMe account’s name in the Library inspector.