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Hard Disk publishing service

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MarathonMax

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I have recently migrated from Aperture to LR3.

Although I have totally in love with LR; I can even say that I prefer its UI although most people, including LR users, often say that AP has the upper hand here.

One thing I miss is the ease of synchronizing albums to the iPad.

In AP, under a project, I would do a "best of" smart album with 4-5 stars rating and would sync that album using iTunes. Simple.

I create a smart publishing service. this is fairly similar to AP, although "detached" from the project structure - which is a minus for LR.

Then it gets complicated.

Because for each "album" that I want, I must recreate a new publishing service. With each one, I must select the destination folder (which is always /<user>/images/ipad/<album>), the file names, the file size, and other stuff.

I wish that I could simply setup one hard disk pub service named "iPad" and in there add smart albums that would save themselves in separate sub folders.

Or am I getting this wrong?

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I wish that I could simply setup one hard disk pub service named "iPad" and in there add smart albums that would save themselves in separate sub folders.

Or am I getting this wrong?

Max

You can do that quite easily, so yes I think you are getting it wrong. I have created ONE hard disk publish service, which is setup to export to my iTunes sync folder, and within that one publish service I can add as many Published Folders or Smart Published Folders as I want, simply by right-clicking on the header of the service and selecting as appropriate from the context menu. This will then translate into Albums of the same name when iTunes syncs with the device. I can even create Published Folder Sets, though that would be a waste of time as iTunes will dump all of the sets' sub-folders into the one parent set when it syncs with the iPad/iPhone.

Try it and see, and of course let us know if that's not working for you.
 
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Our very own John Beardsworth is developing an iTunes Plugin that will map to the flat Album structure that iPhones, iPads, & AppleTV recognize. (Basically this is a dumbed down version of the Hard Drive Publishing Service more suited for the requirements of iTunes. I've been testing it against iTunes for my AppleTV and iPhone. I'll bet if you ask him nicely, he might let you try it too. :cool:
 

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Guys, thanks for the quick answers.

My post was the kind of post one should NEVER post. As soon as I posted, I found the "reveal folder" option (not sure of the name as my LR is in French). There I immediatly understood the folder/file structure.

Bingo.

Now as for John, I will ask. Nicely :bluegrin:.

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Voila. And I'd certainly accept it's "a dumbed down version of the Hard Drive Publishing Service more suited for the requirements of iTunes" as I've written it to learn how to code publish services. You may get the odd debugging message (though I think I have stopped them all).

John
 
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