I keep my Aperture Library on a separate RAID disk that is connected through FireWire to the Mac. One disadvantage that I found out about the hard way is that I can’t see my Aperture Library in some Media Browsers. A symbolic link may be able to fix that, while an alias almost never can. A symbolic link is much like a Mac OS X alias, only on a lower level (Unix)). You can sometimes fool applications into ‘seeing’ the file while it’s really only the ‘alias’, pointer or symlink that is there.
There are two ways to create a symlink. The hard way and the easy way. First the hard way, which is free. What you need is your Terminal.
To navigate to my Aperture Library in the Terminal, I normally would need to type in:
In order to create a symlink in the Pictures folder, in the Terminal type:
ln -s /Volumes/4Big/Aperture/offloads.aplibrary offloads
That’s it. “ln -s” makes a new file called “offloads” which points to “/Volumes/4Big/Aperture/offloads.aplibrary”.
However, the Terminal can seem daunting to a great many people, so here is a real easy way: first you’ll have to buy File Buddy 9 for some 40.00 USD.
File Buddy can do a lot more than create symlinks, but that’s what we’re discussing here, so I’ll explain you how it works:
In File Buddy
- File > Make Symbolic Link…
- In the dialogue select your target, i.e. the original for the symlink
- In the next dialogue, select or add the folder in which you want the symlink to appear