Aperture 3.3 Update Improves Locate Referenced Files Behavior
As I suspected, we would find little undocumented improvements in this update. For some reason, they improve things without listing them in the documentation. Perhaps they are considered too minor to list.
Well, for me, this is huge. I have to Locate Referenced Files often. It’s one of my least favorite photo workflow chores. Like I’ve mentioned before, I generate over 20 Projects a month with over 10,000 images. Most of my work starts on a laptop. I’ve found the fastest way to merge my laptop projects is to use referenced libraries and the locate the referenced files once they are copied over.
That means I spend a lot of time messing around in the Locate Referenced Files window. It drives me crazy. The columns aren’t sticky and still aren’t. Every time I open it I have to readjust the columns to see my folder names. In the past, a user would select a photo from the top list of images that are offline, then navigate manually to find the photo (after adjusting the columns). This is a real pain when a folder has a few thousand images in it. It takes a lot of scrolling to get where you need to be. To make matters worse, the images on top are not in order based on file name, but the ones on the bottom are.
With the 3.3 update, Aperture automatically navigates to the corresponding image file when the proper folder is selected. Like I said above, in 3.2 I would have to scroll through all the image in that folder manually.
In this case I have over a hundred offline images in a project. The image folder is nested in the month folder. So when I click on the proper month folder it goes immediately to the correct image in that project folder. This saves a ton of time and tedious searching in folders with with a lot of images.
It Could Still Be Better
This is one part of Aperture I hope they change. There’s got to be a better way. I wish it would do it’s job with more automation and ease of use.
If they don’t change it significantly, I hope they continue to tweak it. The first thing I would ask for is is sticky columns. All my month folders and file names are roughly the same size. I shouldn’t have to resize those columns every time I open it up. It would be great if we could just tell it what hard drive the images are on we want referenced and it would find them. If it didn’t work, then maybe we could do it manually.