Introductions and an iPod Tip

by Micah Walter

First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Micah Walter and I am a freelance photojournalist, writer and teacher. I'll share a bit more about my background in just a few minutes. But first that iPod tip I promised...

With the release of Aperture 1.5, you can now easily put images on your iPod directly from your Aperture library. Just make an album in Aperture with all the images you want to have on your iPod. You can make as many albums as you like. Attach your iPod and open iTunes to the Photos pane. You will see a drop-down box where you can now select photos from your Aperture library.


If you click the option for including full resolution photos, iTunes will store the jpeg preview file of your images on your iPod. This is a great feature if you like to carry your portfolio around with you everywhere you go. You just never know when you might run into a prospective client!


Daniel Mendez
2006-12-13 07:02:35
James Duncan Davidson
2006-12-13 13:25:29
Congratulations and welcome to the blog!
Jan Steinman
2006-12-13 14:00:26
Nice tip... I appreciated understanding "Include full resolution photos" better. I had feared that it would cause the RAW and TIFF files to be copied. It's good to know that only the preview JPEG -- which I have set to low quality, the size of my Cinema screen -- will get copied. Too bad the iPod itself does not have a way of zooming and panning images that are bigger than its display.
Alan Hutchison
2006-12-14 03:41:04
I was aware of this feature but mistakenly assumed it was including "full resolution" images on the iPod - AS IT CLEARLY STATES on the dialog box. However as you rightly point out it will only save images at the full resolution you have actually specified FOR YOUR PREVIEW IMAGES in Aperture.

If like me you were using this feature as an additional backup facility (well at least I have full-size Jpegs), you could be in for a nasty shock if your preview rendering default size is somewhat lower. On Aperture, the default preview size is recommended as being no higher than your monitor resolution (as you can't see it at any higher res on screen anyway) - but this would then impact on these files if you were relying on them as an additionl backup.

In my case therefore I have beefed the default preview size in aperture to be the full original image resolution.



2006-12-14 06:03:52
That's right. In fact all of the iLife, iWork apps which are now integrated with Aperture are using the previews.

However, if you want to use your iPod as a backup device, I would recomend setting it to act as a hard drive and then either creating an Aperture Vault (if you use managed files) or using some backup software to copy your specific files to your iPod.

2007-01-04 11:01:56
Thanks for the tip. I´m looking forward to here more from you. Makes the Ipod even more important.
2007-01-07 13:28:55
I think that this wb is cool because i love iPods
2007-05-25 03:51:05
It's called common sense. Something that I guess people these days have forgotten. Naturally if you are going to blast your iPod in your ears at full volume you will have hearing problems. If you can't control the volume then you shouldn't own any kind of stereo equipment at all because they can all damage your ears easily. Apple or any company cannot be your baby sitter for what you do with your equipment every second of the day.