Aperture 3

February 18, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

aerture-3

This is for any photographers out there considering upgrading from Aperture 2 to Aperture 3.

It is an excellent upgrade;

  • bringing a basic slideshow generator into aperture, not as good as fotomagico but great for quick projects.
  • ‘faces’ could be useful when coupled with smart albums, a quick way to find all pictures containing a particular person within a library of pics.
  • ‘places’ of no interest to me cause I don’t geo-tag pictures, but could be handy for a travel photog.
  • direct facebook publication, but be warned it won’t export to a business page but will only make a new gallery on your personal page- pain.
  • email export plugin still won’t recognise Thunderbird as mail handler, might have to move to apple mail after all-not!
  • delete now moves items into a new Aperture trash can visible in aperture making accidental deletions much easier to rescue.
  • new preset handling is a mixed blessing, all your existing presets are now available but at the top of the adjustment screen not beside the relevant control sliders as dropdown menus as they were previously. All in one place but will take a bit of getting used to. Some useful image adjustment presets now available to give different film effects etc.
  • 64 bit processing means faster data crunching so less hanging around, tips are available elsewhere to enable booting your whloe mac into this mode for even faster processing but beware this will require all your apps to be 64bit compatible, or at least those you intend to use while in this mode. Most apps are not there yet, for example all my Nik Plugins are still all 32 bit.
  • Library switching without an app reboot, this is a real improvement for those of us with more than one image library.

Those are just my positive insights after a couple of days faily solid use. Now for a few warnings and tips;

  • Do not turn on face recognition when importing an old library, it takes a lot of processing to upgrade the library from version 2 to 3, adding the processing required for face recognition at the same time will almost certainly cause system freezes. If you intend to use (or simply want to play) with face recognition, then allow the upgrade process to complete first.
  • on a large library switch on face recognition before going to bed, it will be ready in the morning for you to start naming the faces.
  • when in faces mode name your first face then stop! click on the i next to the face on the corkboard. This will bring up all faces that may belong to the same person. You can then confirm or reject each possible match.
  • Books, I tried this in Aperture 2 but for some reason could not get into it, seems a bit clearer in 3, but more importantly you can now use Album makers export plugins such as Graphisoft etc, this loads their layouts in the Aperture window-excellent!
  • If the books are still opaque to you then consider buying a really good quick guide from here (of no financial interest to me).
  • Back up all your libraries before upgrading, obvious but easy to forget when that nice shiny Aperture 3 box arrives from the Applestore!

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