Adding Audio Attachments to Image Files

Although the audio files of images with audio attachments are automatically imported into Aperture when the filenames match, you can also manually attach an audio file to an image after it has been imported into Aperture. There are two methods you can use to attach an audio file to an image: If the project selected in the Library inspector contains an audio master, you can attach the audio file to an image in the project using the Metadata inspector. If the audio file is outside of the Aperture library, you can drag the audio file from the Finder to the image in the Viewer.

Note: For a list of file formats that can be used for audio attachments in Aperture, see http://www.apple.com/aperture/specs.

To add an audio attachment using the Metadata inspector
  1. In the Library inspector, select a project containing the audio file you want to attach.

  2. In the Browser, select the image you want to attach the audio file to.

  3. In the Metadata inspector, choose Attach Audio File from the Metadata Action pop-up menu.

  4. In the dialog that appears, select the audio file you want to attach, then click Attach.

    If necessary, you can preview the selected audio file by clicking the Play button.

    Figure. Controls in the Attach Audio File dialog.

The audio attachment is added to the image, and the audio file’s thumbnail disappears from the Browser. A badge appears on the lower-right portion of the image, indicating that an audio file is attached. For more information about playing audio attachments, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.

To add an audio attachment to an image via drag and drop
  1. If necessary, click the Split View button in the toolbar, and then select the image you want to attach the audio file to in the Browser.

  2. In the Finder, select the audio file you want to attach.

  3. Drag the audio file to the image you want to attach it to in the Viewer.

    The image is surrounded with a green outline, indicating that the file is about to be attached.

The audio attachment is added to the image in Aperture. A badge appears on the lower-right portion of the image, indicating that an audio file is attached. For more information about playing audio attachments, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.

To remove an attachment from an image
  1. In the Browser, select the image whose attachment you want to remove.

  2. In the Metadata inspector, choose Detach Audio File from the Metadata Action pop-up menu.

The audio file is detached and placed in the same project as the image it was attached to.