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April 29, 2006

Aperture Alive And Well

Filed under: Announcements, Tricks — Scott @ 6:03 pm

Let me start off by saying that I think Apple’s marketing and public relations policies are beyond stupid. They let the Adobe shills run rampant all over the web this week on the basis of one website’s conjecture. ThinkSecret SURMISED that Aperture was folding because Apple realigned the development team. Apple had to be aware of these rumors but they never respond to them. So since I am not an Apple employee, I will.

Aperture is not dead. Period. Joe Schorr, the project lead is still employed. And in fact, Apple is building a new team. Check out this blog…http://blakeseely.com/blog/archives/2006/04/27/change/.

There are some lessons to be learned here. Just because ThinkSecret GUESSES that something is going to happen doesn’t make it so. And Apple could help by changing its policy and responding to this crap to make it go away.

And by the way, make a note of all the sites out there gleefully reporting Aperture’s demise. When you come to realize they are wrong, file that under the “I will take what these people say with a grain of salt” category.

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April 28, 2006

Rumors Of Aperture’s Demise Premature

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 2:52 pm

Okay, so the secret sites started a fire yesterday that Apple is unfortunately too bull-headed to put out. While there may have been changes in the Aperture development team, this in no way signals the end of Aperture and frankly, I suspect that Apple’s policy of not commenting on rumors has fuled the fire.

For the record, Joe Schorr still works at Apple and my inside sources at the company report to me that sales are brisk since the release of 1.1 and that response has been very positive.

April 27, 2006

Interview At Photoshop Support

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 9:07 pm

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/photoshop-blog/index.html

Eric over at Photoshopsupport.com just interviewed me on Aperture. Check it out and while you’re there, look at Eric’s site. It’s really well done.

Think Secret Reports Aperture Development Team Fired

Filed under: Announcements, Tricks — Scott @ 5:14 am

Read the entire article here:

http://www.thinksecret.com/news/0604aperture.html

While I disagree with their conclusion or speculation that Aperture’s future is in doubt, I do agree that the launch of Aperture has been badly played. And hopefully new blood on the team will bring Aperture into focus.

There’s no denying that the concepts and approach Apple used to create Aperture are golden. The workflow is brilliant and the compare and select features have saved me a bunch of time.

But poor marketing and positioning combined with Apple’s insane desire for super secret everything led to poor communication with customers and problems that needed to be fixed. Hopefully this is the first step down that road.

April 26, 2006

Aperture Tricks #49 – Organizing Deleted Images

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 2:33 pm

Keeping “deleted” images organized.

When you delete images form your library and then you update your vault, Aperture places each image inside an individual folder (named after the picture name). If you still want to back-up those deleted pictures to a DVD for example, it is cumbersome to get each image inside its own folder

If you look inside the trash right after you made the deletion, you will see that Aperture places the deleted images inside folders named after the project where the images originated. This way, you just have to grab the pictures inside those folders and back them up.

Thanks to Rafael for sending in this trick.

April 24, 2006

17″ MacBookPro Announced

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 1:41 pm

Many photographers (my pal Derrick Story included) have been waiting for the 17inch MacBookPro. Well it’s here and it may well be the perfect Aperture launch pad for photographers who work in the field. Here are some important features…

1) 2.16 Model costs the same as the 15″ 2.16 MacBookPro
2) Now supports 8x Dual layer DVD burner
3) Firewire 800 now available

The beefed up DVD player/burner isn’t as big a deal to me as to some people.

I miss not having Firewire 800 on my 15″ MacBookPro but I’m hoping for a PCI Express card bus – based Firewire 800 card soon. Aperture performs better with external libraries mounted on a Firewire 800 bus.

As for the weight, I’m happy carrying less weight around (the 17″ model weighs 6.8 pounds, very light for a 17″ laptop with so much power.) As I get older, every pound I DON’T have to carry I love.

That said, if I didn’t already own the 15″ model, I’d order the 17″ today and learn to live with the weight.

On balance, this looks like a great laptop and one that many pro photographers will want to own, especially if they run Apeture.

April 22, 2006

What If Aperture Isn’t Right For You?

Filed under: Articles — Scott @ 2:57 pm

I have received a enough email on Aperture 1.1 by now to know that most of the installed Aperture user base is satisfied with the update. Not everyone is thrilled, but they find the improvement sufficient to enjoy the program. Personally, I think the update is great. But there are some people who just aren’t going to be satisfied with Aperture, even with the recent price reduction.

Some of those folks have been contacting me to ask for suggestions or alternatives to Aperture. A natural response might be Adobe’s Lightroom. But unfortunately, I think that’s jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. I applaud Adobe for making the attempt, but whatever Aperture’s shortcomings, it blows away Lightroom for features, usability and power. Because it’s Beta, I think it’s folly to trust it in any serious digital photo workflow. Once the program matures and comes out in a retail version, my concerns will probably be minimized. But right now, I don’t think much of it. That’s just my opinion, but hey, this is my blog so what the heck.

So if Lightroom isn’t the right choice, there’s Lightzone. At $149 it seems to be priced right and my pal Derrick Story seems to like it.

But another choice that I would not have mentioned six months ago is iPhoto. If you buy a new Mac it comes free with iPhoto and the latest version is stunning in both its power and simplicity. It has some of the cool new features of Aperture, is very stable and runs like a race car on any Mac.

So there are alternatives, and if Aperture isn’t right for you, then you can move on to something else. The good news is that there are lots of choices.

April 19, 2006

Apple Responds To White Balance Issue In 1.1

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:35 pm

Here’s a quote from Apple…

“We consider the white balance issue an extremely urgent priority and are making every effort to provide a solution quickly. As soon as we have an ETA on availability, we’ll post some info.

Thanks.”

Joe Schorr
Product Manager, Aperture
Apple

If I hear anything further on this issue I will post information here at Aperture Tricks.

Review Of Aperture 1.1

Filed under: Reviews — Scott @ 3:16 am

MacDevCenter has posted my review of Aperture 1.1 for your reading enjoyment.

April 14, 2006

1.1 Install Problems

Filed under: Articles — Scott @ 11:16 pm

While I had no problem whatsoever updating and installing Aperture 1.1 on my MacBookPro, it appears that some people haven’t been so lucky. If you fall into that category, try reading this article at MacFixIt.

http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20060414082011791

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