Publishing Images to Flickr and Facebook

In order to share images from your Aperture library with Flickr and Facebook, you create Flickr and Facebook albums in the Library inspector. The first step in creating Flickr and Facebook albums is entering your Flickr and Facebook account details. You only have to do this once. After you’ve entered your account details, Aperture securely stores the information in the Mac OS X user account’s secure keychain. Then you can create as many Flickr and Facebook albums as you wish and publish the photos in the albums whenever you have an Internet connection. You can also publish to multiple Flickr and Facebook accounts.

Important: You must have an Internet connection to share images from your Aperture library with Flickr and Facebook.

Signing In to Flickr and Facebook

The first time you create a Flickr or Facebook album, Aperture asks you to sign in to your Flickr or Facebook account.

To sign in to Flickr and create a new Flickr album
  1. In Aperture, select a group of photos or a video.

    Note: If you have a basic Flickr account, you can upload only one video file at a time to your Flickr set.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Flickr.

    • Click the Flickr button in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, click Set Up.

    The Flickr account sign-in page opens in your web browser.

    Figure. Flickr sign-in page.
  4. In the Flickr account sign-in page, do the following:

    • Enter your Yahoo! ID.

    • Enter your password.

    • Select the “Keep me signed in” checkbox.

      Selecting this checkbox keeps you signed in for two weeks and prevents you from having to sign in to Flickr every time you want to publish images to your Flickr account within a two-week period.

  5. Click Sign In.

    A new page opens in Flickr asking if you arrived at this page via Aperture Uploader.

  6. Click Next.

    A new page opens in Flickr asking if you want Aperture Uploader to link to your Flickr account.

  7. Click the “OK, I’ll Authorize It” button, then switch back to Aperture.

    A new dialog appears in Aperture with controls for creating a new Flickr set as well as setting access restrictions for your Flickr page.

    Figure. Dialog for creating and publishing a Flickr album.
  8. Do the following:

    • If necessary, choose the Flickr account you want to publish to from the Flickr Account pop-up menu.

    • Choose New Set from the Set pop-up menu.

    • Give your Flickr set a name in the Set Name field.

    • In the “Photos Viewable by” pop-up menu, choose an access level to set who can view your Flickr set.

    • In the Photo Size pop-up menu, choose whether or not you want the images resized and optimized for publication.

  9. Click Publish.

Aperture securely saves your Flickr account information to your Mac OS X user account’s keychain and then publishes your album to Flickr. The new Flickr album representing the online Flickr set appears in the Library inspector. For more information about publishing additional images to your Flickr set, see Updating Your Flickr and Facebook Albums.

You can also view the specific Flickr account and the set 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.

To sign in to Flickr and upload a photo or video to your photostream
  1. In Aperture, select a photo or a video.

    Note: If you have a basic Flickr account, you can upload only one video file at a time to your Flickr photostream.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Flickr.

    • Click the Flickr button in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, click Set Up.

    The Flickr account sign-in page opens in your web browser.

    Figure. Flickr sign-in page.
  4. In the Flickr account sign-in page, do the following:

    • Enter your Yahoo! ID.

    • Enter your password.

    • Select the “Keep me signed in” checkbox.

      Selecting this checkbox keeps you signed in for two weeks and prevents you from having to sign in to Flickr every time you want to publish images to your Flickr account within a two-week period.

  5. Click Sign In.

    A new page opens in Flickr asking if you arrived at this page via Aperture Uploader.

  6. Click Next.

    A new page opens in Flickr asking if you want Aperture Uploader to link to your Flickr account.

  7. Click the “OK, I’ll Authorize It” button, then switch back to Aperture.

    A new dialog appears in Aperture with controls for creating a new Flickr set as well as setting access restrictions for your Flickr page.

  8. Do the following:

    • If necessary, choose the Flickr account you want to publish to from the Flickr Account pop-up menu.

    • Choose Photostream from the Set pop-up menu.

    • In the “Photos Viewable by” pop-up menu, choose an access level to set who can view your Flickr set.

    • In the Photo Size pop-up menu, choose whether or not you want the images resized and optimized for publication.

  9. Click Publish.

Aperture securely saves your Flickr account information to your Mac OS X user account’s keychain and then publishes your photo or video to your Flickr photostream.

You can also view the specific Flickr account, along with when the image or video was published, using the Metadata inspector. For more information, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.

To sign in to Facebook and create a new Facebook album
  1. In Aperture, select a photo or group of photos.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Facebook.

    • Click the Facebook button in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, do the following:

    • Enter your email address.

    • Enter your password.

    • Select the “I agree to Facebook’s terms” checkbox.

    • Click Login.

      Figure. Facebook login page.
  4. In the dialog that appears, do the following:

    • If you have multiple Facebook accounts, choose the Facebook account you want to publish to from the Facebook Account pop-up menu.

    • Choose New Album from the Albums pop-up menu.

    • Give your Facebook album a name in the Album Name field.

    • In the Photos Viewable By pop-up menu, choose an access level to set who can view your Facebook album.

    • Click Publish.

      Figure. Dialog for creating and publishing a Facebook album.

Aperture securely saves your Facebook account information to your Mac OS X user account’s keychain and then publishes your album to Facebook. The new Facebook album appears in the Library inspector.

Note: You will no longer have to log in to your Facebook account if there is a change to this Facebook album or when you create new Facebook albums. For more information about publishing your Facebook album, see Updating Your Flickr and Facebook Albums.

To sign in to Facebook and upload a photo or video to your Facebook Wall
  1. In Aperture, select a photo or a video.

    Note: You can upload only one photo or video file at a time to your Facebook Wall.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Facebook.

    • Click the Facebook button in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, do the following:

    • Enter your email address.

    • Enter your password.

    • Select the “I agree to Facebook’s terms” checkbox.

    • Click Login.

      Figure. Facebook login dialog.
  4. In the dialog that appears, do the following:

    • If you have multiple Facebook accounts, choose the Facebook account you want to publish to from the Facebook Account pop-up menu.

    • Choose Wall from the Album pop-up menu.

    • Enter a comment to appear with your photo or video in Facebook in the Comment field.

    • Click Publish.

      Figure. Dialog for publishing photos to a Facebook account's Wall.

Aperture securely saves your Facebook account information to your Mac OS X user account’s keychain and then publishes your image or video, along with your comment, to your Facebook account’s Wall. Any comments your friends post to your image on Facebook appear in the Metadata inspector when the image is selected in Aperture. For more information, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.

Creating Flickr and Facebook Albums

Once you’ve set up your account information and created your first Flickr or Facebook album, creating new Flickr and Facebook albums is a simple process.

To create a new Flickr album to publish as a Flickr set
  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector, select an item.

    • In the Browser, select a group of images.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Flickr.

    • Click the Flickr button in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, do the following:

    • If you have multiple Flickr accounts, choose the Flickr account you want to publish to from the Flickr Account pop-up menu.

    • Choose New Set from the Set pop-up menu.

    • Give your Flickr set a name in the Set Name field.

    • In the “Photos Viewable by” pop-up menu, choose an access level to set who can view your Flickr set.

    • In the Photo Size pop-up menu, choose an image size option.

  4. Click Publish.

Aperture publishes your album to Flickr as a Flickr set, and the new Flickr set appears as an album in the Library inspector. You can begin working with your new Flickr album by dragging images into it.

To create a new Facebook album
  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector, select an item.

    • In the Browser, select a group of images.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Share > Facebook.

    • Click the Facebook button in the toolbar.

  3. In the dialog that appears, do the following:

    • If you have multiple Facebook accounts, choose the Facebook account you want to publish to from the Facebook Account pop-up menu.

    • Choose New Album from the Albums pop-up menu.

    • Give your Facebook album a name in the Album Name field.

    • In the Photos Viewable By pop-up menu, choose an access level to set who can view your Facebook album.

  4. Click Publish.

Aperture publishes your album to Facebook, and the new Facebook album appears in the Library inspector. You can begin working with your new Facebook album by dragging images into it.

Updating Your Flickr and Facebook Albums

As your Flickr and Facebook albums grow, you can publish them at any time. Aperture checks to see which image versions have already been published in the album and then uploads any version that has changed and any new versions.

To publish images that you’ve already dragged into a Flickr or Facebook album
  • Select the Flickr or Facebook album’s name.

Any changed or new versions are uploaded to the selected Flickr or Facebook account.

You can also have Aperture immediately check to see if any of your friends have published new Flickr sets or Facebook albums to your accounts online.

To have Aperture immediately check for new Flickr sets or Facebook albums online
  • In the Library inspector, click the Sync button (with a broadcast icon) to the right of the Flickr or Facebook account’s name.

Any new Flickr sets or Facebook albums created outside of Aperture are downloaded to the Library inspector. In the Library inspector, select the Flickr or Facebook albums to download and view their contents.

If you’re not sure if a Flickr or Facebook album is up to date or you just want to check your Flickr or Facebook page, you can visit your published Facebook album or Flickr set from within Aperture.

To visit your published Flickr set
  • In the Library inspector, select the Flickr album you want to visit, then choose Visit Flickr Gallery from the Flickr pop-up menu in the tool strip.

    Figure. Flickr pop-up menu in the tool strip.

Your web browser opens your Flickr page and displays your published Flickr set.

To visit your published Facebook album
  • In the Library inspector, select the Facebook album you want to visit, then choose Visit Facebook Gallery from the Facebook pop-up menu in the tool strip.

    Figure. Facebook pop-up menu in the tool strip.

Your web browser opens your Facebook page and displays your published album.

Deleting Flickr and Facebook Albums

You can delete Flickr and Facebook albums in the Aperture library at any time. Keep in mind that deleting a Flickr or Facebook album in Aperture deletes the corresponding Flickr set or Facebook album along with its contents online.

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

To delete a Flickr or Facebook album
  1. In the Library inspector, select the Flickr or Facebook album you want to delete.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Delete Flickr Album (or press Command-Delete).

    • Choose File > Delete Facebook Album (or press Command-Delete).

The Flickr or Facebook album you selected in the Library inspector is deleted from the Aperture library.

Changing Your Flickr and Facebook Album Settings

After publishing an album to Flickr or Facebook, you can change its name as well as the restrictions for who can view it. For example, if you recently published images of your latest family vacation on Facebook and made the album viewable by everyone, you can use the Facebook pop-up menu in the tool strip to reset the album to be viewable by friends only.

To change the settings for a published Flickr or Facebook album
  1. In the Library inspector, select a Flickr or Facebook album.

  2. In the tool strip, do one of the following:

    • To change the settings for a published Flickr set: Choose Settings from the Flickr pop-up menu, then specify new settings in the dialog that appears.
    • To change the settings for a published Facebook album: Choose Settings from the Facebook pop-up menu, then specify new settings in the dialog that appears.