Apple has failed to provide an “Export to Aperture” equivalent contextual menu item to “Export to iPhoto” in Mail. As if Aperture users do not use email!
This failure has led to various workarounds by creative people with time on their hands or too much frustration and impatience waiting for Apple to fix what is a years-long head-slapping oversight.
A bit of online searching results in references to setting up Rules in mail to invoke an AppleScript, or using Automator. I tried out Automator and made a very simple Automator Application that simply imports the selected photo(s) into a specified Aperture Project. One could get more organized and set up Applications for several projects to handle different destinations in Aperture, and other fancy footwork available in Automators Action Library for Aperture. But for my workflow, I am putting emailed photos into one Project, and from there I will further organize the photos within Aperture.
If you are using Aperture with referenced images, you could use Automator to set up a Folder Action so that once you send the photo to the destination folder, it triggers an Aperture import, etc etc.
The simple basic import I’ver just created involves a few easy steps to set up the process, but thereafter it’s only a couple of clicks and you’re done with the import, and then you switch over to Aperture and further manage the photo(s) just imported, ie placing in appropriate Projects, tagging, etc.
(Automator can be found in the Applications folder, or by using Spotlight if you’ve selected Applications in Spotlight’s System Preferences).
The Step by Step
- Set up a new Project in Aperture called “imported from Mail” (or whatever you like)
- Open Automator, and from the intro screen, click Application, then the Choose button
- Click Photos in the Library in the far left pane
- Drag Import Photos from the middle pane to the pane on the right
- From the Choose Project pop-up menu in the Import Photos action, select the Project you created in step one
- Save this Automator Application somewhere you will be able to find it (perhaps in the Documents folder)
- In Mail, select the photo(s) you want in Aperture, select Open With > Other… and choose the Application you created in step 6, then enjoy as you glide over to Aperture and see the photo in the Project!
In Future, repeat step 7.
Automator has a lot of potential that you can explore. This exercise does one simple thing. Feel free to expand on this to meet your needs, or create multiple similar Automator Applications.
[Update Jan 11: More suggestions were added to the Apple Discussions thread by other users]