Working in Projects View

Projects view provides a convenient space for organizing and quickly viewing your projects.

To switch to Projects view
Do one of the following:
  • In the Library inspector, select Projects.

  • In the toolbar, click Projects.

    Figure. Controls in Projects view.

Previewing the Images in a Project in Projects View

If you’re looking for a specific group of images, you can quickly skim the images within a project.

To quickly preview the images in a project
Do one of the following:
  • Slowly drag the pointer horizontally across the project’s thumbnail.

  • Select the project’s thumbnail, then use the Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys to navigate through the images in the project.

Opening a Project in the Browser

When you locate the project you’re looking for, you can open it in the Browser.

To open a project
  • Double-click the project in Projects view.

The project opens in the Browser.

Creating New Projects in Projects View

You can create new projects in Projects view.

To create new projects
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > New > Project (or press Command-N).

    • Control-click a project, then choose New Project from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the dialog that appears, enter a name for the project in the Project Name field.

  3. Click OK.

The new empty project opens in the Browser.

Deleting Projects in Projects View

You can delete a project in Projects view at any time.

To delete a project
Do one of the following:
  • Select a project’s thumbnail, then choose File > Delete (or press Command-Delete).

  • Control-click a project, then choose Delete Project from the shortcut menu.

The selected project is moved to the Aperture Trash. For more information about the Aperture Trash, see Working with the Aperture Trash.

Importing Files into a Project in Projects View

You can import files into a project selected in Projects view.

To import files into a project
Do one of the following:
  • Select a project’s thumbnail, then choose File > Import > Files (or press Command-I).

  • Control-click a project, then choose Import > Files from the shortcut menu.

The Import browser appears with the project selected in the Destination pop-up menu. For more information about importing files, see Importing Images.

Merging Projects and Libraries into Projects in Projects View

You can merge projects and Aperture libraries into a selected project.

To merge a project or Aperture library into a project
  1. Control-click a project, then choose Import > Library/Project from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the dialog that appears, select the project or library that you want to merge into the project selected in Projects view, then click Import.

The project or library is merged into the project selected in Projects view. For more information about merging libraries, see Merging Libraries.

Setting the Key Photo for a Project

You can set any image within a project as the key photo to represent that project in Projects view.

To set an image as the key photo to represent a project
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Slowly skim through the images in the project by dragging the pointer over the project’s thumbnail image to navigate to the image you want to set as the key photo.

    • Select the project’s thumbnail, then use the Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys to navigate to the image you want to set as the key photo.

  2. When you have located the image you’re looking for, press the Space bar.

The selected image is set as the key photo to represent the project.

Emptying the Aperture Trash in Projects View

After you’ve performed a lot of housecleaning tasks in Projects view—removing unnecessary or obsolete projects, for example—you can empty the Aperture Trash.

To empty the Aperture Trash
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Aperture > Empty Aperture Trash (or press Command-Shift-Delete).

  • Control-click a project, then choose Empty Trash from the shortcut menu.

The Aperture Trash is emptied and its contents are moved to the Finder Trash. For more information about the Aperture Trash, see Working with the Aperture Trash.

Playing a Slideshow of a Project’s Images

You can select a project and play a slideshow to review the images within it.

To play a slideshow of a project’s images
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select a project’s thumbnail, then choose File > Play Slideshow (or press Shift-S).

    • Control-click a project, then choose Play Slideshow.

  2. In the Play Slideshow dialog, choose a preset from the Slideshow Preset pop-up menu, then click Start.

A slideshow of the images in the selected project plays. Press the Space bar to pause and play the slideshow, and the Escape key to stop the slideshow. For more information about slideshows, see Creating Slideshow Presentations.

Organizing Projects in Projects View

You can organize your projects by the year the images were created. If you organize your projects in folders in the Library inspector, you can group your projects by the folders they reside in.

Figure. Projects grouped by folder in Projects view.
To group projects by year
  • In Projects view, choose Group by Year from the Sorting pop-up menu.

The projects are grouped by year.

To group projects by folder
  • In Projects view, choose Group by Folder from the Sorting pop-up menu.

The projects are grouped by the folders they reside in.

When projects are grouped by year or by folder, you can set Projects view to show the projects for a single year or folder only.

To set Projects view to show a single year or a single folder of projects
  1. In Projects view, group the projects by year or by folder.

    For example, if you group projects by year, the number of projects and photos created in that year are displayed in the top-right corner of that year’s row.

  2. Click the arrow button to filter Projects view to display only that year’s or folder’s projects.

    Figure. Arrow button in the row header in Projects view.

Projects view displays the projects for the selected year or folder only. Click the All Projects button at the top of the main window in Projects view to display the projects for all years or folders.

Figure. All Projects button in Projects view.

You can sort projects by name, in ascending and descending order, and in the order the projects appear from top to bottom in the Library inspector.

To sort projects by name
  • In Projects view, choose Name from the Sorting pop-up menu.

To sort projects in ascending order by the date the images were captured
  • In Projects view, choose Date Ascending from the Sorting pop-up menu.

To sort projects in descending order by the date the images were captured
  • In Projects view, choose Date Descending from the Sorting pop-up menu.

To sort projects by the order in which they appear in the Library inspector
  • In Projects view, choose Library from the Sorting pop-up menu.

If you have a large number of projects in your library, you can search for a specific project, removing the others from view.

To search for projects by name
  • In Projects view, enter the name of the project you want to locate in the search field.

All projects are removed from view except for the project or projects matching the name in the search field. Click the Cancel button in the search field to set Projects view to display all projects again.

When you’ve located the project you want to work with, you can view the project’s images in the Browser.

To view a project’s images in the Browser
  • Double-click the project.

The Browser replaces the Projects view and displays the selected project’s thumbnail images.

If you have more than one project documenting the same subject and you'd like to consolidate the projects into a single project, you can merge projects in Projects view.

To merge projects in Projects view
  1. In Projects view, select the project or groups of projects that you want to consolidate into another project.

  2. Drag the selected project or projects into the project that you want to contain the other projects.

Working with the Info HUD in Projects View

In Projects view, you use the Info HUD to navigate through the projects in the library, set the key photo to represent a project, enter descriptive information about a project, and assign location information to the images within a project.

For more information about assigning location information using the Info HUD, see Assigning Location Information to Projects.

Figure. Controls in the Info HUD in Projects view.
To open the Info HUD in Projects view
  • Click the Info button on a project’s thumbnail.

    Figure. Info button on a project's thumbnail in Projects view.

The Info HUD appears, displaying information about the selected project.

To navigate through your projects using the Info HUD
  • Click the navigation buttons at the bottom-right corner of the HUD.

To set the key photo for a project
  1. Select the project whose key photo you want to change.

  2. In the Info HUD, slowly skim through the images in the project by dragging the pointer over the project’s thumbnail image.

  3. When you locate the image you’re looking for, click the “Click to set key photo” button at the bottom of the thumbnail.

    Figure. "Click to set key photo" button in the Info HUD in Projects view.

The selected image is set as the key photo to represent the project.

To enter descriptive information about a project
  1. Select the project for which you want to add or change descriptive information.

  2. In the Info HUD, enter descriptive information about the project in the Description field.

To open a project using the Info HUD
  1. Select the project you want to open using the navigation controls in the Info HUD.

  2. Click the Go to Project button.

The selected project opens in the Viewer and Browser.