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Aperture 3 Vaults; What’s Backed Up, and What Isn’t?

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June 16, 2010 - 2:28am
A user recently asked, “I am realizing that Referenced images are the way to go for my RAW wedding workflow. I don’t know much about Vault. Is this something I use even if my images are Referenced or is this just for Managed images?”. Great question. The Vault can be very useful, but as most users already know, if you’re working referenced, then the Vault doesn’t back up your photos. So what good is it? Learn all about Vaults, and what they do and don’t do in this post.
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Tethering Support in Aperture 3 Expanded in OS X 10.6.4 Update, Includes Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III and 5D Mk II (and more)

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June 15, 2010 - 10:46pm

The title says it all… proper tethering support is finally here! No more Hot Folder actions, no more dropped connections (well at least that’s the idea), no more rubbish Canon software, no more crashed Canon mid-shoot. It’s fast and it works. I’ve just tested this with both the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and the 5D Mark II, and it’s beautiful. Here we go.

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Fast, Custom Importing in Aperture 3

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June 3, 2010 - 7:53pm

A recent post in the forums asked a very specific workflow question, but I’m sure many others have or will come across similar workflow needs, so I wanted to respond to the question as a tip.

You can read the complete question here, however the simplified need is to:

  1. Import only the best photos
  2. On import, label them sequentially with a custom name
  3. Export the photos, keeping the custom name intact

1. Import Options

You have basically two choices when you import—to import all, or to import some. And there are several tools to help you import just the ones you need.

The first is easy, of course. To import all, it’s as simple as inserting a memory card into the reader, selecting (or creating) a Project to import them to, and clicking the Import Checked button.

However he’s asked about importing selects. That means there’s two stages to importing; viewing the photos to choose which ones are worth importing, then selecting only those images for import. Aperture 3 added some really great features to the Import window to facilitate this, so let’s take a look at those.

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Check Out The New “User Tips” Section!

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May 29, 2010 - 11:27am

I’ve just created a new “User Tips” section to this site (look for it in the toolbar), where readers like you can post your invaluable Aperture tips for the community to enjoy. Head on over and check it out, and be the first to post!

My first suggestion for a new topic would be on migrating from iPhoto… I know a lot of users out there have done it, and I haven’t! So let’s hear what you went through, what went right and wrong, and help out some newbies in their migration.

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A Change in Format

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May 17, 2010 - 12:45am

Lately I’ve found that I’m spending more time responding to questions in the forums than I am to writing posts in “Tips & Tricks”—which in itself is fine, except that unless you’re digging through the forums (which I’d imagine you’re not unless you posted a question there), it looks largely like I’m ignoring the site—which isn’t good!

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Wireless Tethered Shooting Using Eye-Fi & Aperture 3, and Matching RAW to JPEG After the Shoot

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May 7, 2010 - 11:59pm

A while ago I mentioned on TWiP that I was looking at a possible solution for wireless tethered shooting with Aperture and the Eye-Fi card. Basic “just shoot wireless” is easy; that’s what the Eye-Fi card does. But we still have to get the photos from the desktop into Aperture, and we all know that transferring RAW files over the WiFi is painfully slow, so my goal was to utilize Aperture 3’s ability to match JPEG to RAW files, and to shoot wireless-tethered and have just the JPEG files transfer, then match the RAW files later on when you can connect card over USB or Firewire. Got it? Good!

Good news is, it works! Less than good news is, it’s a bit complicated. But here we go. (If any Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users have found this page, there’s a special note for you at the end, too.)

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Aperture 3.0.3

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April 30, 2010 - 4:08am

It would appear that Aperture 3.0.3 is out. I’m traveling today and just landed so can’t list the specs but if you haven’t seen it yet, run Software Update. And as always, back up before any update! (You are running Time Machine / File Vault / Backblaze or a combination of, riiiight?!)

Oh there’s a good tip post topic. Backup strategies.

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Recent Spam Blast

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April 28, 2010 - 5:33am

Dear ApertureExpert readers,

It would appear that I’ve been targeted by some smarmy disgusting spam-bot creature. Unfortunately those of you that have subscribed to updates all got emails about it (and believe me, I heard about it, too).

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A Little About Photography…

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April 24, 2010 - 10:44pm

If you’re into photography (and, um, if you’re using Aperture, odds are you are ;-) head on over to my ConfessionsOfATravelJunkie photo blog where I just posted a series of entries on my trip to Singapore, including some photo evolution sequences, and a Screenflow video of a large photoshop composite.

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Who Shoots Tethered?

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April 21, 2010 - 10:25am

If you’re shooting tethered (or wish you could), I’d love to hear about it. How well does it work for you, and what methods are you using?

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ApertureExpert’s Adjustment Presets Pack #1 RELEASED!

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April 14, 2010 - 3:25am

I’m very happy to announce that the Adjustment Presets Pack #1 for Aperture 3 is finally complete! It includes a series of exciting “looks” that are customized in ways I believe haven’t been done before… as well as a series of gradient tints that again have a unique twist to them. These masks are all generated outside of Aperture, meaning that with Aperture alone it would be impossible to create these looks.

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