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keef's picture
by keef
September 6, 2015 - 1:21pm

Hi All, as Apple have screwed up the text formatting in Aperture books - they have ‘forgotten’ to include text alignment and simple text kerning tools in the latest system update. ( they were present originally but now don’t exist) I know that they have dropped support for Aperture but I purchased this as usable ‘professional software - which it isn’t. There has been an ongoing problem with text handling in books which Apple has never been addressed - Yes I have many times sent feedback over several years and rung them and complained with no satisfaction. Rant over. To make up for Apples neglect I am trying to find a way to format text and import into Aperture Book layout. I would like an opinion on the best way to do this. I have tried Photoshop and Illustrator and Indesign. My tests seem to point to using Photoshop and exporting as a psd which Aperture will then import and I can paste into a book page. This seems to work OK but never looks quite the same as the rest of the existing text in the book. Just wondering if anyone else has come across this problem and if anyone has any other suggestions to make.

Thanks for reading

keef

keef

Ingmar's picture
by Ingmar
September 8, 2015 - 5:28am

Text alignment can be changed via a context menu. Right-click on a text box and choose ‘Text Box Alignment’. To solve the kerning issue I’m using TextEdit. Just copy&paste the text to a text box in an Aperture book. Kerning, spacing and baseline are kept. I’m fine with the options there.

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by bjurasz
September 8, 2015 - 7:54am

Text has never been Aperture’s strong point in the book design phase.  I usually just do an entire page in Photoshop to do any meaningful text, as you suggest.  PS is just so much more powerful with what can be done with text than Aperture is.

Bill Jurasz
Austin Texas

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by keef
September 8, 2015 - 8:24am

Hi, Thanks for the replies. For some strange reason I can no longer see them on-line - just as well I  have the e-mails!  

Ingmar - Thanks for your suggestion. I have also tried this many times and would love this to work . However for me when I copy and paste into Aperture, neither font, kerning or any attributes are copied. I just get the default Aperture book font and no kerning.

Is there some special way you are achieving this? If so I would be happy if you could share.   

Thanks

keef

Ps I am using the last version ( latest) of Aperture and OS X 10.10.3 on an iMac

keef

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by Ingmar
September 8, 2015 - 8:55am

Nothing special on my side. But I’m on 10.10.5.

(no. I’m not using this (imho) awful font. just to show ;))

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by keef
September 8, 2015 - 9:44am

Wow.  Thats amazing. This has never worked for me. I must have tried a hundred times.

I will update my os and report back.

 

Many thanks

k

keef

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by keef
September 9, 2015 - 8:43am

 

Hi,

Well I have updated to 10.10.5 and tried again but still get the same results . i.e. the pasted font is nothing like the one in textedit.  Repaired all the permissions but still no luck. wonder if I should reinstall Aperture?

keef

Ingmar's picture
by Ingmar
September 9, 2015 - 8:54am

Try the following:

  • choose a font in Aperture (⌘+T)
  • edit the text on the book page in Aperture
  • copy & paste the text into a new TextEdit document
  • change kerning, spacing, alignment, etc. in TextEdit
  • copy & paste the changed text into the text box on the book page in Aperture

If I start in TextEdit it doesn’t work for me either. Sorry for not being clear on that.

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by keef
September 9, 2015 - 8:57am

Ok. that makes sense. Ill give it a try.

thanks

keef

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by keef
September 9, 2015 - 9:19am

that works!

many thanks for sharing this information.

keef

PS  I discovered that it is possible to drag text from Aperture to the textedit box - but not vice-versa.

keef

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