About PhotoUpLink for Aperture
The initial download from PhotoUpLink.com consists of a zip archive which will
create a folder on your desktop. Make sure that Aperture is closed, then copy
the plugin package PhotoUpLink.ApertureExport to your home
folder. When you then run Aperture, PhotoUpLink will now show up in the Export
sub-menu when Export is selected from the File menu.
All of the features of PhotoUpLink are available in trial mode, files processed
will be limited to 5 items per export. To purchase the unlimited license for
PhotoUpLink, click the Purchase button shown here. Upon completion of your
order, a registration key will be emailed to the address you provided. Click
Activate to enter this key. If your copy of PhotoUpLink is lost or corrupted,
simply re-enter the license key if necessary after re-installing the latest
version of PhotoUpLink.
At the bottom of the Export dialog you will see four other tabs, each containing
a major feature set.
PhotoUpLink allows you to use your
own FTP space, or any FTP space to store and forward items directly from
Any FTP, FTPS, or SFTP site.
The folder that will contain the images. It will be created if
necessary, as long as the logged in has the priviledges required to
create a folder, in the location specified.
The username for the FTP site
The password for the FTP site. Note this is stored and sent as
unencrypted, clear text, in all cases.
Your Aperture keywords can be embedded in photos for automated keyword
import into Flickr, Fotki, Picasa, and any other IPTC supporting photo
sharing or stock photo web service, all from one plugin.
Use SFTP (SSH):
SFTP is supported. Note that the email notification and keyword features
are not available in this mode, it is upload only.
Create notification email – base view URL:
Email is automatically generated containing links to FTP or HTTP
accessible files that can be clicked on by the recipient. There are two
attachments, one an AppleScript for Mac users that will import the files
selected into a new Aperture album. Note that this AppleScript currently
supports HTTP import only with no authorization. The PC attachment when
clicked on activates the Windows PhotoUplink reader, which then
automatically imports the files into a new folder under My Pictures.
This eliminates the need for large attachments of multiple files that
may get rejected by mail servers and clog the recipient’s Inbox. PC
PhotoUpLink supports both HTTP and FTP importing, with or without
It is crucial that the URL you type in here is formed correctly for the
outward facing server access. The FTP location maybe totally different
from the eventual HTTP folder address that used to download the images,
though in many cases, it could be the same. With this feature
PhotoUpLink enables personal area publishing and workgroup area
publishing; one-to-contacts, using your existing address books - as well
as one-to-many publishing.
PhotoUpLink extracts certain
information from the Aperture library and can send it to a database of
your choice. One row of data is created for each image or video
selected. The information contained in each row is: Album, Filename,
Width, Height, Format, Caption, Ranking,
Comments, Keywords, and Pathname.
Three kinds of databases are supported:
To use the Excel export, select Excel as the database output format. It
is required that you set an output location also before running. Click
Select then choose the folder and name of the file to be created.
Existing files cannot be overwritten, and adding the .xls extension is
not required. Excel will automatically open and create a new spreadsheet
with the information in it when you click Export. If you encounter any
problems, try opening Excel first then click Export again.
This functions almost the same as creating an Excel spreadsheet, except
a new FileMaker file is created that you can then merge into other
databases or run scripts on to search for specific information or
keywords. A preview of the image is also shown in the layout. The
database created is compatible with both FileMaker 5 or FileMaker 7
formats. Creating the FileMaker database is a two step process. First,
decide where you want to store the exported files:
decide on the name and location of the FileMaker database:
FileMaker database will then be created.
Selecting this feature enables the binary data of each image,
along with item metadata, to be sent to any data source that has an ODBC
driver installed for it on your computer. A data source that supports
binary objects is required. This includes MySQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, or
Microsoft SQL Server. The user logged in must have the privilege level
necessary to create and write to a table. In this case, clicking Select
will open a Data Source selection dialog:
A list of Data Source names will be obtained and presented for
selection. Once the Data Source is selected, the database and table are
The table name chosen must not already exist or the export will fail.
Table names with spaces or special characters will also fail. Aperture
library keywords are embedded into the table to allow SELECTs based on
those keywords as well as other information.
The Document features of
PhotoUpLink let the user create PowerPoint presentations, Word documents
or Zip archives of the images selected.
PowerPoint presentations are created automatically for you, with one
image per slide. The comments for that image from the Aperture library are
placed on the slide underneath the image. The images can then be resized
and relocated, and the text modified and added to. To create a
presentation, select PowerPoint as the document output format. It is
required that you set an output location also before running. Click
Select then choose the folder and name of the file to be created.
Existing files cannot be overwritten, and adding the .ppt extension is
not required here. PowerPoint will automatically open and create a new
presentation with the images in it when you click Export. If you
encounter any problems, try opening PowerPoint first then click Export
again. Video is not yet supported.
Word documents are created with one image per page. The title of the
image is inserted as text at the top of the page. The image is then
added, followed by the image comment from the Aperture library at the
bottom of the page. A hard page break is the inserted. This allows
maximum flexibility for further editing of text, relocation and resizing
of the image. To create a document, select Word as the document output
format. It is required that you set an output location also before
running. Click Select then choose the folder and name of the file to be
created. Existing files cannot be overwritten, and adding the .doc
extension is not required. PowerPoint will automatically open and create
a new presentation with the images in it when you click Export. If you
encounter any problems, try opening Word first then click Export again.
Video is not supported.
Using a Zip archive, you can bundle a group of images and video into one
convenient file. To create a Zip archive, select Archive as the document
output format. It is required that you set an output location also
before running. Click Select then choose the folder and name of the file
to be created.
Two effects are provided, creating panoramas and
Join selected photos together
Currently this works best if all the images are the same size. Click
Save Panorama As… to define the location and name of the output file,
TIFF output only is supported at this time.
Join selected videos together
This feature is ideal as many digital still cameras also allow you to
shoot short videos. Click Save Movie As… to define the location and name
of the output file, MOV output only is supported, the movie is saved as
flattened with no reference to the original files.