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July 31, 2006

Aperture Trick #56 – Delete iPhoto Dupes in Aperture

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 1:47 pm

Submitted by grasshoppermouse
iPhoto creates a duplicate image file whenever you make any changes to the master, such as rotate, crop, lighten, etc. Thus, if you make even minor edits to each photo, the size of your library will double. Aperture, on the other hand, modifies the master ‘on the fly,’ without making a copy.

When you import your iPhoto library into Aperture, both the iPhoto master and the edited duplicate are imported together as a ‘stack’. To recover some disk space, here’s how to delete all the edited duplicates (which often might be just rotations.)

The key thing to note is that iPhoto masters are tagged with the keywords iPhoto Original, and the edited versions with iPhoto Edited. First, search your entire Aperture library for the keywords iPhoto Edited. Select all found images, and create a new album from the selection. These images will be stacks containing both the original and edited versions.

Then, select all images in the new album and unstack them. Finally, search within the new album for iPhoto Edited, select all the found images, and delete them. (After unstacking, you can instead delete your masters, if you want, by searching for iPhoto Original and then deleting.)

As with any such operation, back up your Library first in case you make a mistake.


Moving to Tuesday

Filed under: Site News — Scott @ 1:46 pm

After today’s post, Aperture Tricks will be updated weekly on Tuesday rather than Monday. Thanks.

July 24, 2006

Extending Your Aperture Library Across Multiple Volumes

Filed under: Articles — Scott @ 12:11 pm

I’ve seen several sites lately where people are suggesting various schemes for spreading out your Aperture Library across multiple volumes. This in response to one of Aperture’s greatest perceived weaknesses. . . the Library (the container where your images are stored) must reside on a single hard disk. And you can’t have more than one Library open at a time, nor can you easily switch between Libraries without shutting Aperture down, and launching again from the new Library.

So it was only a matter of time before some smart folks figured out ways to get around this limitation and offer volume-spanning utilities, scripts and other tricks that let you spread your Aperture Library over more than one hard disk.

So you might expect that coming up, I’ll provide you with one such trick or link to others but I won’t and here’s why. I think it’s a bad idea.

Since I run this site, I receive a fair amount of e-mail regarding Aperture. And almost once a week I hear from someone who’s had a tragedy (or near miss) while futzing with the Library, trying to span multiple physical or logical volumes.

There are several potential problems with some of the existing volume spanning schemes. Here are just two. The first is performance. We all know that Aperture is always pushing the envelope when it comes to system resources. Aperture is a power hungry, RAM hungry, GPU hungry application that wants all it can get and more. When you load it down with an extra large Library, you tax the system to the point that at best, the user experience is poor and at worst, it breaks.

Beyond the performance issues are those related to the Vault. I can tell you from first hand experience that I’ve broken more Aperture Vault’s by trying to volume span than I care to count. Once you have your files spread out all over the landscape on multiple disks, it becomes harder and harder for the Vault to do its job. For me, the Vault is one of the best reasons to use Aperture. When the system is operated as intended, the Vault works to make sure you have a good backup of all your pictures. I’ve used the Vault in an emergency situation and it saved my bacon. I believe in its approach. If you start spreading out your Library, you may well see problems with your Vault and accordingly, your bacon may not be saved as was mine.

What’s the solution? You can have more than one Library in Aperture. You just can’t have more than one Library open at one time. For now, while less than satisfying, it’s a safe way to segment large amounts of imagery and it’s way to guarantee best performance.

Apple is working on a solution to this problem. In fact, I expect some form of relief in the 1.5 or 2.0 Aperture release. Until then, unless you are a very talented programmer or literal OSX wizard, be careful of volume-spanning schemes.

July 20, 2006

Take A Closer Look At Aperture

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 8:02 pm

Apple is offering two free online seminars for Aperture. Each is less than 30 minutes long and available on a limited time basis. The seminars are free but do require registration.

July 18, 2006

Aperture Essential Training

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:36 am


Derrick Story and I just put the wraps on our new training title for lynda.com. Aperture Essential Training is nearly seven hours worth of video training that you can access for as little as $25 per month with no long-term commitment. We’ll also have copies of this training title available on CD or DVD next month. Visit lynda.com today and watch the first section free of charge.

July 17, 2006

Aperture Trick #55 B&W Conversion

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 7:55 pm


Aperture makes it very easy to convert a color photograph into a black & white image.

Open the Adjustments Inspector (I) and choose the Monochrome Mixer (Control-M). Open the disclosure triangle. You can use the presets or make and mix your own adjustments. Here’s the trick. Make sure that the total of the sum of all three sliders (Red, Green, Blue) don’t exceed 100. This will probably result in an unnatural or overexposed image. Likewise, a number well below 100 will probably result in a severely underexposed image. Stick close to 100 for the most pleasing results.

NOTE: There is one exception to this rule. If you want to achieve a simulated infrared look to your image, exceed 100.

July 10, 2006

Aperture Trick #54 – Library Rebuild

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 2:46 pm

I am not sure why, but it appears that after prolonged or heavy use, Aperture Libraries can bog down. The symptoms range from slow scrolling to occasional thumbnail rendering and overall slower performance. When this happens, rebuilding the Library is often the fix.

Before you rebuild your Library, back up everything to your Vault. Then, quit Aperture.Press and hold Option + Command and launch Aperture by double clicking on the application icon. Follow the prompts to start the rebuild.

It will take some time for the rebuild to be complete. I have my images stored in multiple Libraries of 10,000 image. Rebuild time is about 45 minutes on average.

At the end of the process, you should see snappier performance. This can also be a fix if things are just going haywire without reason.

When you are confident that you haven’t lost any images, back up this newly-rebuilt Library to your Vault and you’re finished.

I recommend that you do this every three months or so and more often if you are a heavy Aperture user or have very large Libraries.

July 3, 2006

New Aperture Book

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 4:40 am


Aperture Exposed : The Mac Photographer’s Guide to Taming the Workflow (Paperback)

Ellen and Josh Anon have come up with a great book for Aperture newbies.

By way of full disclosure, Sybex (the publisher) hired me to be the technical editor for this project but I’ve already got my check and I am an independent contractor so if I didn’t like the book, I’d say so.

But this book is well worth the $19.00 that Amazon is charging for it. Ellen and Josh have been working with the program from day one and had inside information from Apple that they put to good use while crafting their helpful tutorials. All the basics are covered here and while it’s a different approach than Orlando Luna and Ben Long took in the official Apple Training title, it’s just as valid.

I know that Ellen and Josh worked very hard on this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get more familiar with Aperture.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sybex (July 31, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 047004019X

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