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.