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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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A Script To Open Olympus E-P1 & E-P2 RAW .ORF Files in Aperture

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February 1, 2010 - 7:30pm

There are a lot of Olympus PEN E-P1 and E-P2 photographers who user Aperture, and many have been frustrated by the lack of RAW support from Apple. I actually bailed on RAW shooting on mine and decided that as a point-and-shoot, JPEG was just fine for me, but hey that’s me. There’s obviously a lot of folks who want RAW support.

A buddy of mine in Paris emailed me this morning asking if I’d test out an Applescript he wrote that changes a header in the ORF file to trick Aperture into thinking the E-P1 ORF file is actually from an E-30. This mens that Aperture treats the file as an E-30 file, so the RAW conversion hasn’t been tweaked specifically for the E-P1, but the end result is it DOES allow you to read the native RAW file.

His script went up for sale for just €5 today. Here’s a quick look at it, and a link to his store is at the end.

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Cropping & Exporting Multiple Versions Workflow Tip

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January 28, 2010 - 9:57pm

So, no new version of Aperture to jump into today. Guess we’re back to Aperture 2 tips for now!

I’m working on a project for a client now that requires something very specific, but probably not terribly unique. I came up with a workflow to make this move really quickly, and thought I’d share it here.

I shot 128 photos of 128 products for an online catalog, and the client needs each photo delivered in three versions; a tightly-cropped square thumbnail at 220 pixels, a more loosely-cropped square image at 300 pixels, and then a cropped-to-product (showing the entire product at its best) at 800 pixels. Three versions of 128 files each, and a lot of repetition in doing it. So how best to approach?

Here’s what I came up with.

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What Do YOU Want in Aperture 3?

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January 26, 2010 - 5:34am

The rumor mill is in full force, and other than the infamous rumored tablet (iTablet, iSlate, iWantOne), the other hot rumor for Apple’s Wednesday event is Aperture 3. Don’t ask me if it’s true, I honestly haven’t got a clue (and believe you me, I’ve tried to get one!!). So let’s assume that it does come… what do we want to see?

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ApertureExpert.com—Off To A Roaring Start!

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January 25, 2010 - 6:58pm

Hello fellow ApertureExperts!

I’m very, very happy to say that in just two short weeks since it’s launch, ApertureExpert.com has become a fantastic success. It went from zero to 225 members in 14 days, has been tweeted and retweeted like mad, and even made an appearance on BoingBoing. eBook sales have been on the rise, and suggestions for future eBooks keep coming in (post yours over in the forums!).

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Emailing Pictures From Aperture—Two Easy Ways

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January 22, 2010 - 9:10pm

One of the reasons we shoot pictures is to share our memories. And in Aperture, it’s incredibly easy to share your photos in a variety of ways; one of the simplest is through email.

The most obvious way to email a picture is by selecting one or many photos, and clicking on the Email icon. That’s fine if you know exactly what you want to send before you click the button. But sometimes you want to add a few photos, then add a few more, then add a few more, then realize that you’ve added so many that the email has gotten huge and you really should send these smaller. Dang.

There is a way to handle this that’s very, very flexible.

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Solution to Canon 7D RAW Conversion Problem in Aperture 2

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January 21, 2010 - 7:44pm

I recently picked up on a thread on twitter from user @benjjamieson where he was seeing a serious magenta cast applied to his 7D RAW files in Aperture. The same problem was happening in Preview, which definitely pointed to an OS-level problem. The issue has also been discussed at some length in the Apple forums.

I contacted him and asked him to send me a sample file (I don’t have a 7D myself) and he did. I saw the same problem on my system, both in Preview and in Aperture, but not in Photoshop. Fortunately that led me to discover an easy solution.

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Reducing Library Size—Dramatically

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January 20, 2010 - 8:33pm

Once your Aperture library crosses the 10,000 image mark, you will likely pause to wonder if you’re going to run out of space any time soon. You may have already looked at the size of the Aperture Library file in the Pictures folder, and thought “whoah… 150GB… so that’s why I’m outta space”. But wait, you’re working referenced; all those massive RAW files are on an external drive, how is this even possible?!

Previews. Aperture 1.5 introduced a series of amazing features that allowed you to carry around an enormous number of photos on a single computer, while at the same time leaving your RAW files on other drives, and still letting you share those photos throughout the OS. They way it handles this magic is through JPEG Previews and XML.

Understanding how this works will allow you to control the size of your library and relcaim 10’s – or even 100’s! – of GB’s back.

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New eBook is here! “In-Depth Getting Started with Aperture 2”

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January 19, 2010 - 4:03am

The newest eBook from ApertureExpert.com, titled “In-Depth Getting Started with Aperture 2” is complete! If you’re new to Aperture and serious about getting started, or even an experienced user who’s not sure if you got off on the best foot, this eBook is for you. 54 pages of detailed step-by-step guides on importing, rating, adding keywords, editing and sharing your photos is waiting for you here. The price is $19.97.

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Attention 1Password Users: A Solution to SquareSpace Login Problems!

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January 17, 2010 - 8:26pm

Hi folks,

For those 1Password users out there, you may have noticed that my site doesn’t properly support automatically logging in with your account saved in 1Password. Twitter follower @robdeloach pointed this out in a tweet this morning, and I responded that it simply wasn’t properly supported.

Fortunately a little digging (ok, one quick google search) turned up a solution.

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Next eBook is Almost Done—“In-Depth Getting Started
 with
 Aperture”

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January 17, 2010 - 2:08am

I’m about to start on the last chapter in my new eBook, entirely titled “The ApertureExpert’s In-Depth Getting Started with Aperture 2 – a beginner’s guide”. Here’s the introduction…

Over many years of working with Aperture, and helping other people with Aperture, I’ve noticed one very common trend—no matter how much they love Aperture now, most people had a hard time getting started. This guide is designed to get you on your way. It doesn’t really matter too much where you’re coming from to use this guide; be it any other photo management application or none at all. This guide aims to get you moving efficiently, and possibly more importantly, to set the stage for a lot more learning. There are loads of free videos on apple.com that show you the basic of basics—I’m more interested in getting you started with a very solid understanding of what your choices are. So while some of the basic instructions like “Importing Your First Photos” takes up a seemingly bizarre six pages, after reading it you’ll truly understand what’s happening to your photos and what options you have.

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