Aperture 2 was released earlier this year to great reviews. Perhaps you purchased Aperture, and you are now wondering how to get even more from this slick photographer’s tool. Derrick Story, resident O’Reilly photo guru chats with Joe Schorr, SR Product Manager for Aperture, and goes beyond the basics in this podcast. And today, Apple released Aperture 2.1.2 aimed at improving its print features.
O’Reilly — Aperture 2 Features 101-103 with Joe Schorr: “Inside Aperture Podcast 27″
by Derrick Story
Apple’s web page says, ‘Aperture 2 delivers over 100 dramatic, new features.’ And still there are a few terrific ones they forgot to put on the list. In this podcast, Derrick Story chats with Joe Schorr, Senior Product Manager for Aperture, to uncover a few of these hidden gems.
If you have one of the new MacBooks with a multi-touch trackpad, there are a number of gestures that Aperture recognizes. For example, you can expand and contract thumbnails with the ‘pinch,’ or navigate using the ‘3-finger brush.’ A complete list of Aperture gestures are available by downloading the Late-Breaking News PDF.
Another handy feature that didn’t make the list is the ability to ‘nudge’ adjustments by single-clicking in the number field, then using the arrow keys to modify the setting. So, for example, you can single-click in the Temperature numeric field, then use the arrow keys to warm or cool the photograph. If you want even more subtle nudging, hold down the Option key during this process.
And finally, if you’re running a referenced library, and roundtripping to Photoshop for advanced image editing, Aperture 2 will now save the roundtripped TIFFs or PSDs in the same folder as their originals. That means the Aperture library on your computer will no longer grow in leaps and bounds as a result of roundtripping.
Joe throws in a few more goodies too, so if you’re an Aperture 2 user, you’ll definitely want to tune in to this show.
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Derrick Story is the digital media evangelist for O’Reilly. His experience includes more than 20 years as a photojournalist, managing editor for O’Reilly Network, and a speaker for IDG, PMA, and Santa Fe Workshops. He is the author of Digital Photography Hacks, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed., and his latest, The Digital Photography Companion.“
(Via O’Reilly Digital Media.)
Apple Aperture Updated
by Karen Haslam, MacWorld UK, Oct. 21, 2008
“Apple has updated Aperture. According to the company, version 2.1.2 “improves the printing quality of books, cards and calendars ordered through the Aperture printing service.”
It weighs in at 48MB and requires Mac OS 10.4.11 or 10.5.3. The update is recommended for all customers using Aperture 2 and can be downloaded from Apple’s website.