Aperture Tricks – All About Apple Aperture

January 8, 2007

Special Priced Aperture Training DVDs Gone

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 5:18 am

Thanks for the great response. All the specially-priced Aperture training DVDs from lynda.com are gone but you can still watch or buy the videos from Lynda’s site.

Meantime, see you at MacWorld.

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December 19, 2006

Aperture 1.5 Beyond The Basics

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 3:23 pm

Aperture 1.5 Beyond The Basics has just been published by lynda.com. Derrick Story and Scott Bourne have recorded 3.5 hours worth of video training that will show you how to get the most out of the latest features in Aperture.

November 24, 2006

Fotomagico Extensibility With Aperture

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 5:09 pm

FotoMagico 1.8 now integrates libraries from Apple’s Aperture software in the Images tab so that photos in the Aperture Library can be accessed directly from within FotoMagico. The addition of the “New with Template” command makes it easier for users to create slide shows with the correct settings for the final presentation environment.

Use Aperture Libraries

FotoMagico 1.8 knows how to read Aperture’s library format (Aperture 1.5 or later) and can display images stored in Apple’s professional photo management tool in the Images tab for easy use in a FotoMagico slideshow. This easy integration offers Aperture users a compelling path to great photo presentations.

New From Template

To make it easier for the user to create slide shows with correct settings for the final presentation destination, a “New with Template” command has been added. The users chooses from the most popular scenarios, including “Live Presentation on a Mac”, “DVD on Television”, “Live Presentation on a Projector” and others, and FotoMagico sets up the project automatically. This makes it a lot easier to get the settings for stage size and export right.

Built-in Store

Another new thing is the “Buy now…” menu item which guides you to the closest outlet based on your system’s region setting. Customers from the US for example may use the built-in Kagi Store while customers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be directed to Application Systems Heidelberg.

Availablity and Pricing

Boinx FotoMagico 1.8 is available for download immediately as a Universal Application from the website http://www.fotomagico.com. The update is free for all current owners of a valid FotoMagico license. New license keys are for sale via Kagi for U.S. $79. A five day demo license for evaluation can be requested at the Web site.

October 24, 2006

Aperture Trick #62 – Navigating Compared Images Simultaneously

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 5:11 pm

Would you like to simultaneously navigate two side-by-side compared images?

Simply hold down the SPACE BAR and SHIFT key at the same time and you can compare images side-by-side in full size or zoomed mode.

October 10, 2006

Aperture Trick #61 – New Loupe Tricks

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 7:46 pm

With Aperture’s new Centered Loupe feature, you can hold down the tilde (`) key for one second and cause the Loupe to snap to the position of your cursor, as long as you’ve set the Loupe to “focus on cursor.” But that’s not all.

Press and hold the Option key to zoom back out for a quick regular-sized view of your image.

September 30, 2006

Aperture 1.5 Available

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 3:42 am

Apple has released Aperture 1.5. For more information go to apple.com/aperture for more information.

September 12, 2006

ApertureTrick #60 – Update the OS

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 3:01 pm

Aperture is often updated via the OS. I was recently called in to consult on a job where the client was not able to export keywords with images. I spun my wheels for 30 minutes before it hit me. I checked to see what version of the Apple Operating System she was using. You guessed it. 10.4.0. You have to use 10.4.4 or later to get support for keywords upon export.

If your copy of Aperture isn’t behaving as expected, make sure you’re using the most recent OS.

There is one copy of my lynda.com training title called Aperture Essentials. The retail price from lynda.com is $149.99 plus shipping. I have one copy left at $99.00 including shipping. Email info@aperturetricks.com if you’d like this last copy. First come, first served. Of course if you miss out, you can still go to lynda.com to buy the CD. Thanks.

September 6, 2006

Aperture Trick #59 – Build A Dream MacPro Aperture Computer

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 2:55 pm

Effective with the latest Apple tower, the MacPro, Apple is stressing its new Build To Order sales approach. Instead of multiple configurations, there’s a standard configuration and everything else is custom.

If you’re buying a new computer for the sake of running an Aperture workstation, take heed. The standard configuration MacPro will not satisfy you. Here are my suggestions for building the best system you can at the lowest cost.

1) Buy the machine running two 2.66 Ghz Dual Core processors. This is the standard configuration and the upgraded processors won’t add that much power to the Aperture system. Since Aperture relies primarily on the GPU – not the CPU, the upgrade to 3.0 Ghz is largely wasted. In fact, if you’re really trying to save money, you can get away with downgrading to the 2.00 Ghz processors, but I don’t recommend it unless it’s an emergency.

2) Buy the computer with 1GB from Apple and then upgrade it yourself to five gigs of RAM. This would cost an additional $1100 for four gigs if you did it through Apple. If you go to a third party RAM supplier, you should be able to shave a few hundred dollars off that price and get an additional gig for your trouble. That’s five gigs for around $900 based on today’s prices. At a minimum, expect to get best results by running AT LEAST two gigs of RAM. Check out DealRam.com for the best RAM prices.

3) Buy the computer with one 160 GB drive (saves you $75 from Apple) and add third party drives, either external or internal. Make sure you’re using 7200 RPM drives.

4) Upgrade the graphics card. This is crucial. In fact, if you ignore all my other advice, at least pay attention here. You want to add the ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI) card. It will be the best $250 you spend. My experience with other cards like the standard GeForce 7300 is not good. Even in the MacPro, the 7300 offers sluggish performance. It’s important to do this when you order the computer because availability of third party cards at this point is virtually non-existent.

From there it’s up to you. Displays and other add-ons can be ordered as you see fit. But pay close attention to the graphics card and RAM and you’ll end up with a superb computer for Aperture.

Also note, there are just two copies of my Aperture Training CD available at the discounted price of $99. Thanks to everyone who bought a CD-set to help support the work I put into this site.

August 29, 2006

New Zoom Feature – ApertureTricks.com

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 10:27 pm

Back in version 1.0, zooming in Aperture blended the pixels, giving users a visually smooth image. Aperture 1.1 does this in a new way. In 1.1, you will see the individual unblended pixels when you zoom in. Some users have contacted me asking if this behavior is expected and the answer is yes.

August 15, 2006

Aperture Trick #58 – Sharpening

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 11:17 pm

Aperture includes a RAW converter as part of its import function. While the images aren’t actually finally converted until exported, a basic conversion takes place on import. By the way, to the best of my knowledge, this sharpening on import takes place with all RAW converters.

Any sharpening in the conversion process is done in addition to any that might be applied by the user during the manipulation stage.

Aperture’s RAW preference pane in the Inspector allows you to adjust the amount of auto sharpen applied on import.
I suggest that you keep this number as low as possible since Aperture doesn’t allow selective sharpening. If your image contains large areas of sky or water or other subjects that are in the background, you probably don’t want them sharpened. So save the sharpening for your roundtrip to Photoshop or some other third-party sharpening application.

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