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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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