I am quite excited for my copy of Aperture to finally get to my doorstep. In the mean time, I have been reading the “Aperture Getting Started” document from Apple.
If you’re wondering about whether to buy Aperture, or just want to know what it can do, you can get the manual here. (PDF File)
Some things I’ve picked up from the document:
- You can import all or just a portion of your iPhoto LIbrary. Aperture maintains the structure as well as all adjustments and information, also known as metadata, applied to the images. You can only import from iPhoto 5.
- You can create as many versions of an image as you need. For example, a client may request color, sepia, and black-and-white versions of the same wedding shot. Instead of saving multiple copies of that image…you simply create different versions of the master file.
- A vault is a container consisting of an exact copy of your Library. It’s best to store your vaults on multiple external hard drives. A Vault Status button changes color when your vault needs updating.You can have multiple vaults being monitored.
- Different views include a Full Screen button which puts the image on a simple black background. I have always wanted this in iPhoto. In Aperture, you can use the adjustments HUD (heads-up display) while in Full Screen view!!!
- A Metadata Inspector let’s you write and change all metadata for the photo. By Default it is shown at the same time as the Adjustment Inspector.
- The Light Table is a freeform workspace where you can arrange images and create mockups of webpages. That will be incredibly useful. You can also print the Light Table.
- Aperture provides different layouts to work with. e.g. Standard, Project Management, Ratings and Keywords, Adjustments and Filters, and Maximize Viewer.
- You can work on more then one project at a time by using tabs.
- View images in grid or list view.
- It’s not a magnifying glass. It’s a “Loupe”. It can be made smaller or larger and the magnification can be greater or less.
- You can choose to display any of the metadata with the images as you view them.
- You can create stacks by the different metadata in a photo. This is useful when you take a group of shots of them the same thing. Allowing you later to choose the best one from the “Stack”.
- Rating is done by stars…and an x if it is a reject photo.
- There is a keywords HUD for easily adding keywords. The only easy way to do this in iPhoto is the Keyword Assistant.
- Query HUD let’s you search for images by rating, keywords, etc, or combination of any of them.
- When using an external editor (e.g., Photoshop), after saving it, it will appear in the viewer as a version but the new image file is saved as a new master file linked to the original master.
- You can print the books that you create in Aperture as a pdf document.
- You can add watermarks as you export images.
- There are quite a few options in how you export a webpage. This feature is sorely lacking in iPhoto. There are also quite a few options when creating a book.
After reading through the whole document, I am even more excited for the software to get here!!!