Aperture Tricks – All About Apple Aperture

May 31, 2006

Shuttle Pro Interface Now Works With Aperture

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 9:07 pm


Contour Design has released of new ShuttlePRO, ShuttlePRO V2, and ShuttleXpress settings for Aperture, Apple’s all-in-one post-production tool for photographers. The new ShuttlePRO settings enhance the user’s experience and efficiency, assisting users' navigation through large numbers of photos and allowing for easy use of all of Aperture’s tools. "Rating photos can be time consuming as users make decisions, but the ShuttlePRO makes the process more efficient. Assigning a five-star rating is as simple as pressing a single button and reducing that rating is done with the button next to it…. The other tools, including the Loupe, zoom, crop, rotate, and spot & patch tool are accessible with one button as well. Because the cursor doesn’t need to be used to select a tool, it can stay on the location users want to work on, further increasing efficiency." The settings are freely available on the company's website (along with a Universal version the hardware driver).


May 25, 2006

Trick Request

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 6:37 pm

Richard wants to know…

How do I change the date of a photograph in Aperture?
I accidently set the year incorrectly (2005 instead of 2006) for one set of pictures that I took.
I imported them into Aperture and they don't show up correctly when I sort by date or when I use smart albums since I had the incorrect date.
However, I can't seem to find anyway to change the date.
These are RAW (NEF) files from a Nikon D200. 

First person to send in the correct answer wins a waterproof compact flash case. 

E-Coupon Update

Filed under: Articles — Scott @ 3:17 pm

I thought I’d take a moment to report that several Aperturetricks.com readers have contacted me to report that they did receive their E-Coupon rebate. This was the rebate Apple promised to early adopters who paid $499 for Aperture when it first launched. While it appears that customers in the USA are getting the rebates within the promised time frame, some customers in Europe have been more vocal in their complaints that the E-Coupon program isn’t reaching them.

May 22, 2006

Follow Up On The Double Standard

Filed under: Articles — Scott @ 2:20 am

I heard from several of you regarding my last post. I got more than 30 emails. Obviously I hit a nerve or at least voiced the same thing many of you are thinking.

While there were several opinions, the general agreement seems to come down on the side of Photoshop gets a free pass because…

Too many people make their living hyping, selling, writing about, teaching and supporting Photoshop to honestly evaluate its flaws. On the other hand, since Aperture is new, there’s no real industry surrounding it and consequently, it’s easier for people to be willing to attack it.

I think I agree with that position. And it really doesn’t matter. People will continue to support Photoshop no matter what. It’s up to Apple to build an audience for Aperture that evokes the same kind of loyalty. So far, Apple is off to a questionable start. But it’s early days yet and there’s plenty of time to turn it around.

May 19, 2006

Is There A Double Standard?

Filed under: Articles — Scott @ 3:00 pm

I note with great interest that there seems to be a cadre of people who have made it their life's work to uncover and expose every possible flaw in Apple's Aperture. It appears that no stone will be left unturned in this quest. The ArsTechincas of the world have figured out that it's easier to build an audience with negative reviews and the masses seem to think every $300 they spend should make them healthy, wealthy and wise.

And on another front, I noticed that Adobe quietly updated Photoshop CS 2 this week. Now remember, that we're working with version 1.1.1 of Aperture and version 9.01 of Photoshop, yet look at all the things that Adobe had to fix in its latest update…after nine versions, you'd certainly expect something closer to perfection than this wouldn't you?
After the update…

 Photoshop no longer hangs for several seconds when using painting tools with quick strokes.
 A runtime error that could appear when mousing over a high-res document with the Brush tool has been fixed.
 Documents containing a large number of text layers now open more quickly.
 Problems related to palettes (slow redraw, palettes go white, possible crash) have been addressed.
 TIFF files from certain scanners can now be opened correctly.
 After editing an image in Photoshop CS2 via the TouchUp tool in Adobe Acrobat software, the image no longer gets repositioned.
 XMP metadata from AI and PDF files is now retained in Photoshop.
 Slow performance when toggling layer visibility has been fixed.
 Info palette numbers are now displayed and updated when moving a curve point in Curves via the cursor keys.
 Problems opening certain TIFF and PSB files greater than 2GB have been resolved.
 The Merge to HDR command now functions properly when using high-ASCII characters in user login.

Can you imagine the outcry if Aperture waited that long to fix that many problems? And we're talking about the difference between a version one and a version nine application to boot!

When I look back at the crying and whining over Aperture's perceived failure to accomplish this or that task, and then I look at how the digital photo community gives Adobe a virtual free pass and I have to wonder, why?

Is it just that Apple is so arrogant that people enjoy attacking them? Is it that Adobe's PR machine is simply better at controlling the media? Is it that the Adobe shills are greater in number and therefore more able to quiet dissent? Is it Apple's unreasonable additiction to secrecy? Or is it a combination of all these?
If you have an opinion, send me an email. I'd love to understand this better.

May 18, 2006

OS 10.4.7 Will Include Aperture Improvements

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 6:07 pm

Aperture relies heavily on Core Image, a part of the Mac operating systems. Apple Insider is reporting that the developers' early seed version of the next rev, OSX4.7 includes Aperture improvements but there is no word on what specifically we can look for. Since Core Image is responsible for RAW conversion in Aperture, it's reasonable to assume that Aperture RAW capabilities will be the focus.

May 16, 2006

Aperture Users Want Upgrade Path – And This Time, They’re Not Just Whining

Filed under: Articles — Scott @ 6:57 pm

Time for a rant…If you don’t like rants, stop reading now.

I admit it. I am somewhat fed up by the whining that has gone on in the Aperture forums. People’s expectations seem way out of whack lately with anything close to reality. Most of the complaints I’ve seen about Aperture are simply unfounded. But here’s one that’s straight up legitimate and Apple should be shamed into doing something about it.

A group of Aperture users has banded together to try to force Apple to listen. The Yahoo group can be found at:

The problem is simple. Apple sold G5 towers with the nVidia 6600 card as Aperture capable. And while true, it’s just barely true. I had that card in a G5 tower and found performance to be sloooooooow. So I yelled and screamed and Apple let me return my new G5 for full credit and order a new G5 with the nVidia GT7800. All was forgiven. But it seems that option is not available for the masses so a bunch of early adopters are stuck with less than happy Aperture experiences because Apple doesn’t offer an upgrade path.

Actually, I have never heard of such a thing. Who would have thought that you could buy a computer these days but not be able to upgrade the video card. But that is in fact the case. If you buy a Mac G5 from Apple with the new PCIExpress Bus (the only way it comes now) then you better get the right card when you order because once you get past the return period, you’re stuck with THAT card period. There is no upgrade path. Personally, knowing that, I wouldn’t buy that computer. And I assume that while the current Aperture owners are stuck, future prospects should and will be forewarned and forearmed.

Apple, if you’re listening, do the right thing. Once again, stop treating your customers like adversaries. Give people an upgrade path or a refund and be done with it. You make some very great stuff Apple. And we want to love you. We really do. But you have to help.

May 14, 2006

Ars Technica

Filed under: Articles, Reviews — Scott @ 9:26 pm

Several of you contacted me to see if I'd read Dave Girard's updated Aperture review. I did glance at it. But I rarely visit that site any more. Since the flawed 1.0 review that Dave wrote appeared, Ars Technica has no credibility with me. 

You see I learned early on that any fool can burn down a barn but it takes some hard work to build one. I predicted early on that the Aperture-bashers would change their tune and a quick read of Girard's review proves my point.

The bottom line is this. The guy didn't understand the program when he wrote his first review and rather than admit it, he slammed what he didn't understand. Now that time has passed, and Apple has responded to a few of the legitimate critiques Aperture did receive, the Girards of the world will jump on the bandwagon.

And here's my favorite part, when Aperture 8.0 is released, the Girards of the world will be bragging how from the start, they used and loved the program.

Yeah right. 

May 11, 2006

Rebate/E-Coupon Status

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 11:18 pm

Apple has set up a web page where Aperture 1.0 owners can check the status of the rebate/E-coupon status.


http://www.apple.com/promo/rebate/status.html for more information.

May 6, 2006

Aperture Tricks #50 – Roger’s Answer – Quick JPEGs

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 1:49 pm

Roger Carlson asked us for help saving JPEGs from his RAW files. We invited everyone to send answers. While there were many, this one seemed pretty simple so thanks to Richard Esposito who wins two Hunts Photo Gift Certificates.

Richard says to Roger:
“As you are going through your photos, apply a keyword (like “convert”) to the ones you want to convert to jpg. Once you are done editing, set your viewer to only show the images with the “convert” keyword. Export jpg versions of them to a folder on your desktop. Delete the raw versions in Aperture, import the jpgs into Aperture.”

By the way, several of you sent the same answer but Richard sent it first so he wins the prize.

This was fun and we’ll do it again soon.

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