Aperture 3 Facebook Integration Review

by Mike on May 14, 2010

I’ve been playing with Aperture 3 for quite a while, but today is the first day in which I uploaded photos to Facebook directly from Aperture 3.

Uploading to Facebook is a fairly simple process. Just select the pictures you’d like to upload to Facebook, and hit the Facebook button on the toolbar. You’ll see a fairly straightforward dialog box asking you to link Aperture 3 to your Facebook account, and your photos will begin uploading to a new album. This is an awesome and easy way to upload a series of pictures from a vacation or party, and way faster than the Facebook uploader.

Under the Library tab in the Aperture Inspector, you’ll see a new section at the bottom predictably called Facebook, which you’ll see at the bottom left of this screen: (click to make bigger)

What’s cool is that you can re-edit your photos, add new pictures, or delete old ones, and Aperture 3 will update the album on Facebook. To resync, just click the little icon to each Facebook album in the Aperture 3 Library tab.

However, there are a few things I’d like to see added to Aperture 3’s Facebook-integration feature. First and foremost, we should be able to tag people directly within Aperture 3 so we don’t have to waste time doing so on the traditional Facebook site. (maybe the Faces feature can do this?)

Secondly, I don’t see an obvious way to add photos to an existing Facebook album that’s not synced with Aperture 3 without starting over with a brand-new one. And finally, I’d like to be able to publish albums directly to other people’s Facebook Walls from Aperture 3.

In other words, I’d like it if Aperture 3 made it so that I never have to play with Facebook’s photo management system, which I find confusing and cumbersome at times.

Overall, I’d give this feature a 7 out of 10. I’m happy not to have to export photos into a folder, and then upload to Facebook. Uploading photos directly from Aperture 3 saves us a step in the process, and it’s not like I didn’t have to tag all my photos manually anyway.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul May 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

Faces works with Facebook – as long as the email address in faces is the same one the person uses for facebook.

Wendell September 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

How do you add comments or the titles of pictures with aperture before you upload them?

andrew September 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

One thing that is also missing is syncing to a Fanpage…. Apple seemed to leave out a few features from a Pro program that people may need, such as syncing to facebook fanpages and watermarking photos synced to mobile me.

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