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Syncing photos with Aperture and the iPad

When trying to sync photos from my Apple Aperture library to my new iPad, I found iTunes thought most Aperture projects were empty and thought I would give you my lesson learned (and I suspect this is true for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well).

the short answer: Update/generate Aperture previews!

The iPad has the ability to sync photos with both iPhoto and Aperture on the mac. Cool I thought! Ok, it is cool, but you have to realize that the sync only works with PREVIEW files from Aperture. If you don’t have Aperture set up to build preview files, then when you select the projects in the iTunes sync, you’ll see zero next to the project name… meaning there aren’t any photos to sync. But yet you know there are photos in the project! Well, that may be because you haven’t asked Aperture to build previews for your project.

Notice the counts for the project "iPhone files" don't match

So, how do I fix this?

First, update your preferences in Aperture:

Aperture previews preference pane

2) If you didn’t have the setting turned on to generate the previews (and I suspect you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you did have previews), you’ll need to go into Aperture and ask it to generate previews for the projects you want to import to your iPad. Note that since the iPad resolution is 1024×768, there isn’t much need to generate the huge previews, so go with the smaller options.

So there ya go – if you’re not getting the photos you thought you should, check the previews.

planetMitch

(Photo credit: Mitch Aunger)

iPad works with MoblieMe

Ars Technica pointed us to an article that Apple has released on how the MobileMe features work with the iPad. When the iPad was announced, there were questions about whether these functions would still work – tho I assumed that they would. I happen to be a MobileMe customer, tho at times, I think it could use some more features. I really like how it syncs up all my devices tho!

It seems like all of the MobileMe features are included in the iPad.

  • Email that’s in sync on all your devices.
  • Get contacts and calendars that keep up with you.
  • Take your bookmarks with you.
  • Lose your iPad? Find it with MobileMe.
  • Protect your privacy with Remote Wipe.

This is goodness for MobileMe customers!

planetMitch

(Photo credit: snap from the apple site)