Workaround for the Cropping Bug(s) in Aperture 3.2
There are some well publicized bugs showing up in Aperture 3.2 in regards to cropping, one of which I’ve been trying to come up with a reasonable work-around to. I have something for you; it’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.
When you select the crop tool, even on a vertical (portrait) image, and even though the crop ratio is set to “Master Aspect Ratio”, the crop ratio is set to horizontal (landscape) when you first load it. Not a huge deal; click the aspect swap icon (between the Width and Height numbers) and it reverses. Crop away.
The real problem is that if you close Crop, then re-open it, and touch the corner of a vertical crop, the crop box pops back to a horizontal ratio. Damned annoying.
There are a few options to avoid this re-orientation problem. (Nothing that can be done about the default orientation that I’ve found… and I did trash the aperture preferences to see if that reset anything, and it did not).
- When you go to re-crop, instead of grabbing the corner, grab the center-control point. It may mean more clicks as you resize and reposition the crop box, but at least it won’t flip sideways on you.
- If you have a trackpad (either on the laptop or the Magic Trackpad) and have Enable Gestures turned on in the Aperture preferences (under General), you can pinch to resize the crop without re-orienting it.
- Set “Aspect Ratio” to Do Not Constrain. You can do this after you’ve already cropped with a constrain turned on, and it won’t move the crop when you switch it to no-constraint, but then of course you’ll be free-cropping, which may not be ideal for your needs.
Both of the first two “solutions” expand the crop from the center, so it’s obviously not the same as grabbing a corner, but I think it’s better than getting frustrated at it popping to a horizontal crop.
The only ratio that doesn’t appear to exhibit this behavior is Screen Aspect Ratio. Which I realize is mostly useless in a vertical orientation, but that setting doesn’t appear to make the crop re-orient.
Needless to say, if you have any other workarounds, do let us know in the comments.