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February 28, 2006

New Mac Book Pro Has Arrived

Filed under: Announcements, Reviews — Scott @ 11:42 pm

Yesterday I received my MacBookPro laptop from Apple. It actually arrived about 10 days early! I powered it up and installed software last night. I just finished installing Aperture on the laptop. The installer lets me complete the task and says the software is installed but when I try to run the application, I get a warning dialog box that informs me my machines doesn’t meet the hardware reqirements. This was to be expected. I just wanted to experience it myself. And in any event, it’s a necessary step. In order for Software Update to see that my machine is ready for the Aperture cross-grade, I have to have Aperture on the disk. According to Apple, when the binary version is ready, Software Update will see my copy of Aperture and prompt me to download the free upgrade. I’ll let you know how the process works as soon as I test it. For now, I am enjoying the built in speed bump for Intel-native applications like iPhoto and GarageBand!


Apple Makes It Official

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 1:40 pm

The announcement of Aperture 1.1 is available at the Apple website. You can see the link here at http://www.apple.com/aperture/update.html.

February 27, 2006

Rob Galbraith Previews Aperture 1.1

Filed under: Reviews — Scott @ 4:24 pm

Rob has one of the most in-depth previews I’ve seen so far of the new Aperture 1.1. Check it out at:


Aperture Training Update

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:51 pm

If you’re serious about your digital photography, then you may be wondering if Apple’s Aperture is software you should consider. That was on the minds of many of our students who attended the Aperture Power Tools workshop at the recent Macworld in San Francisco. If you missed that training, Derrick Story and I are teaming up again for an Introduction to Aperture 2-Day Lecture/Demo Course at Pixel Corps in San Francisco on March 17 and 18. This two full days of immersion into Aperture is only $249.

Go to the Pixel Corps website for more information.

February 26, 2006

Apple Announces Aperture Update At PMA

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 9:39 pm

As expected, Apple announced version 1.1 of Aperture today at PMA. The new version will be free to existing Aperture owners and will be available as part of the switch to universal applications that run on both the Power PC and the Intel Mac platforms. The new version is universal and will work on both Intel and Power PC Macs. But the new version is more than a mere port to the Intel platform. Apple has made significant upgrades to Aperture.

The main thrust of Aperture’s improvements will come in the RAW processing. New sharpening, curve correction and noise reduction can and will happen during the RAW conversion.

Other improvements include better management of layered PSD files, the much requested DPI controls for image exporting and the ability to work with tethered cameras.

Apple claims the new Aperture will also run up to three times faster than version 1.01.

The update will be available through Software Update sometime in march. Stay tuned to Aperture Tricks for more information.

February 25, 2006

New Host

Filed under: Site News — Scott @ 3:39 pm

You might have noticed that Aperture Tricks has moved to the WordPress platform. While I appreciated Blogger, WordPress makes it easier to administer the archives. I have also disabled the Google ads. If you had previously subscribed to ApertureTricks’ RSS feed, you will need to resubscribe using our new feed. Here’s the new feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Aperturetrickscom. You can also bookmark the new URL directly at http://www.aperturetricks.wordpress.com.

The good news is that the switch has allowed me to  break down the archives into categories. For instance, if all you want to do is look through the tricks, click on the “Tricks” category and all the posts will be filtered.

I am sorry for any inconvenience this switch may cause, but in the long run, the site will be more valuable using this new platform. Thanks for reading Aperture Tricks and if you have comments or contructive suggestions on how I can improve the site, please contact me at aperturetricks@aol.com.

Aperture Tricks #38 Keyboard Shortcuts In Stacks

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 6:34 am

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One of the best things about using Aperture’s Stacks feature to compare and select images is the ability to move quickly through your images.

While almost all software packages allow you to use keyboard shortcuts to complete routine tasks, no program I have ever seen cries out for shortcut use more than Aperture. It really speeds things up to learn and use the shortcuts and one of the first places you should put this into practice is when you are using Stacks.

Here are all the keyboard shortcuts for Stacks…

Select previous stack——–Option–Page Up
Select next stack————Option–Page Down
Open/Close stack————-Shift-K
Open all stacks————–Option-apostrophe (‘)
Close all stacks————-Option-semicolon (;)
Create stack—————–Command-K
Split stack——————Option-K
Set stack pick—————Command-backslash (\)
Promote stack item———–Command–left bracket ([)
Demote stack item————Command–right bracket (])
Extract item—————–Shift-Option-K

Practice using these one at a time until you have them down pat and you will speed up your compare and selection time.

February 24, 2006


Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:03 am

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I am proud to announce that I have just completed my T3 course at the Apple Market Center in Santa Monica. I want to express my sincere thanks to my skilled trainers Orlando Luna and Jeffery Morse and to my fellow classmates.

I am now an Apple Certified Trainer for Pro Products – Aperture.

Aperture In Depth

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:02 am

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If you want to get a good look at Aperture, check out “Aperture In-Depth-A Free Lecture Series on Photography in the Digital Age.”

It’s a seminar put on by Apple and Canon featuring Michael Grecco and Vincent Laforet

To see a list of cities and dates or for more information, go to:


February 23, 2006

Aperture Trick #37 Adjusting Images in Web & Book Projects

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 7:35 am

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Have you ever designed a book, web gallery or web journal in Aperture only to find out you need to make additional adjustments to a photo? If so, there’s an easy way to stay with your book or web site and still adjust a photo. Switch to Full Screen mode by pressing the F key even when you are working in the Web Gallery, Web Journal or Book editors.

Thanks to Orlando Luna for this tip. By the way, Orlando and Ben Long are just putting the finishing touches on the offical Apple Pro Training Series for Aperture. You can pre-order their book at:


I have seen an advance copy of several chapters. If you learn well by working through a real-live project, you’ll find Orlando and Ben’s book well worth the money.

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