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By The Way… MacCreate

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February 14, 2010 - 7:19am

Readers,

Don’t forget the amazing site MacCreate and its massive Aperture community. I’m contributing there as well, and deliberately not duplicating tips on MacCreate and ApertureExpert. There’s a LOT of activity on the Aperture site right now over there, as it has multiple contributors and some very dedicated people.

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Finally Started My Own Upgrade…

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February 13, 2010 - 8:24pm

So with a whole 30 minutes to spare, I’ve finally begun my own move to Aperture 3. I took one of my client libraries and am starting with that. The fortunate thing of being forced to wait this week is I have the benefit of learning what has and hasn’t worked for other people. While this particular library is quite small (only 17,398 photos), I wanted to take the extreme-caution route. Here’s what I’m doing for this upgrade.

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Aperture 3—A Game Changer (Multiple Macs, Syncing Projects, & More)

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February 12, 2010 - 8:51am

As deliriously silly as this sounds, I’ve barely spent any time in Aperture yet myself. Since Tuesday night, I’ve been preparing for and shooting a series of Aperture 3 training videos for the fabulous wedding photographer Sara France. So most of my Aperture exploration has been limited to watching her and reading websites! Tragic, I know.

Anyway there’s a combination of features that are listed on Apple’s “200+ New Features” page that truly make this a release a game changer, and that’s the ability to Merge and Sync Libraries, and to Export as Library. Why is this so important? Read on…

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Some Tips For The Big Upgrade

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February 11, 2010 - 6:11pm

There have been reports of a few concerns with the upgrade process on this site, and while I may eventually get to respond to them individually, for the moment I wanted to share a very useful link on apple.com and some general tips on making this update as painless as possible.

First and foremost—make no mistake, this is a HUGE upgrade to your library. A lot has to happen for the library to be completely “version 3” ready. The library structure itself has changed, which is what allows you to do things like switch between libraries without relaunching. There’s a new RAW engine, so the images have to be re-processed by that (that can happen later though) before the new features like Curves and Brushes are available. The images all have to be processed for Faces (again, this can be deferred) and that in itself is incredibly labor intensive. The master files must be polled for EXIF data to look for GPS info, but that is pretty quick.

There’s an invaluable article on apple.com that you should read before upgrading if you have a large library—detailed explanations of what I’ve just stated above in there, clear as a bell.

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Curves. ‘Nuff Said.

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February 11, 2010 - 9:56am

For those who follow me on twitter, you’ll know I was very excited about the addition of curves to Aperture 3. I suspect there’s a lot to the Adjustment here, perhaps more than I’m familiar with, but I just had a moment to look at them and yep… them be curves!!

Why do I care? I’m used to working with curves from a lot of different applications, and it’s a familiar way for me to get the look I want. Quarter-tones in Levels are great and can do pretty much the same thing, but frankly I just like using Curves.

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iPhone GPS + Your Pictures = Places Sweetness

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February 10, 2010 - 8:47pm

A very quick note here as I’m about to start shooting a series of Aperture training videos with Sara France, but I wanted to share my experience with integrating the iPhone’s GPS capability and photos off my Canon (with no GPS capability) in Aperture 3’s awesome new Places feature.

Minimal screenshots for now, sorry… I just don’t have time.

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Aperture 3 Announced and I'm On The Road!

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February 9, 2010 - 11:48pm

Hi all,

I was up at 6am to check out Aperture 3 but then have been speaking at my alma mater at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since noon. Now I’m about to drive home, so won’t be pushing Aperture until tonight. But ooh boy it’s gonna be fun! On the way home I’ll shoot with my Canon and my iPhone to test out the hybrid GPS places system in Aperture. Can’t wait to post all about that… and more!

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What Metadata Is Retained or Lost When Sending to Photoshop from Aperture?

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February 6, 2010 - 8:41pm
This question came up on a discussion on the Yahoo Group ASMPproAdvice (if you’re not a member, and are serious about the business of photography, I highly recommend it). When opening a picture in Photoshop from Aperture (using the “Open in Editor” command), what IPTC and EXIF data is retained, and what is lost? So I decided to do a little test.
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Backing Up & Moving Aperture Presets

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February 5, 2010 - 8:59pm

A commenter on MacCreate asked about backing up and moving those precious Aperture presets between systems, so I wanted to post a quick tip on here about that.

There’s some inconsistencies in how presets are handled in Aperture, so there are two different ways to do this. Keyboard shortcut sets, for example, can be exported by using the export menu. But for naming presets, or export presets, you have to dig into the Finder to find those files.

Here’s how you save your keyboard shortcuts.

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Updating Metadata Presets—The XML Way

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February 5, 2010 - 7:01pm

I saw this great tip on Twitter last night, and wanted to share it with my readers. Basically, Metadata presets are not editable within Aperture 2, but if you’re clever like Simon Abrams, you can open the XML file and edit the data directly. Very handy for updating your © 2009 presets to © 2010.

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Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts, part 2

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February 3, 2010 - 2:01am

In part 1 of this post I gave some good reasons why you’d customize your keyboard. Today’s post is all about how.

One of the really cool, and somewhat underrated features in Aperture is the Command Editor. This is where you can customize your shortcuts and also see what existing shortcuts do in some really clever ways. If you’ve ever used Final Cut Pro, you’ll recognize the roots of this tool. But not only can you create your own shortcuts, you can actually create entire sets of shortcuts. Why would you do that? Maybe for a particular task you want a series of shortcuts to be quickly accessible using the 12345 keys or the qwerty keys or the asdf keys. But when you’re done with that task, you just want to go back to your “normal” way of working. So before we modify the shortcuts that are there, we’ll create a new custom set just for you, which protects the original keyboard shortcuts.

First, open up the Command Editor from the Aperture > Commands > Customize menu.

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Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts, part 1

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February 3, 2010 - 12:29am

Yeah, I can hear it now… “Customize the shortcuts? But I barely use them as it is!”

And that’s the point! Keyboard shortcuts in any application are the key (pun intended) to navigating quickly. You ever watched someone work on a computer and thought “damn they’re fast!”? You can be that fast too; all it takes is keyboard shortcuts.

In one of my eBooks, I gave the following tip on just how to remember those keyboard shortcuts:

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