Full-Screen Projects View
Display all your projects full screen using the full-screen Projects view.
Use the full-screen Browser to view, select and reorder thumbnails. To see a single image full screen, simply double-click it.
Library Path Navigator
Use the full-screen Browser to navigate the hierarchy of your entire library, moving from project to project without leaving Full Screen view.
Full Screen View Brightness Control
Change the background luminosity in Full Screen view as desired, just as you can change the luminosity of the Viewer and Browser.
The filmstrip in Full Screen view has been streamlined to provide more room for thumbnails and make navigation easier.
Use this control to snap the Inspector HUD and/or the filmstrip to the edge of your display, allowing them to remain onscreen without overlapping selected images.
Post-Import RAW Processing Options
You can have Aperture use the previews embedded in most RAW files for faster browsing performance when importing, or have Aperture generate its own previews from the RAW files at a specified size.
Simplified Import Window
Customise the Import browser by showing only the import settings you want to use. Hiding unneeded options allows you to create a simpler, uncluttered Browser window.
Aperture 3 remembers the projects most recently used, allowing you to quickly add more items to them when importing new photos, video clips or audio clips.
Adjustment Effects on Import
Automatically apply adjustments to images as they are imported using new adjustment effects. You can choose any combination of image adjustments, including Auto Levels, Auto Exposure and Auto Curves, as part of the preset.
On import, Aperture can use time-stamp data to automatically split photos into separate projects by day, week or intervals of two or eight hours.
Before you import photos, Aperture 3 shows you the groups into which they’ll be split in the Import window, giving you an opportunity to change the auto-split setting to suit your needs.
Default Import Location
Set a preference indicating where you want Aperture to import new images — into a new, automatically created project or into the project selected in the Library inspector.
Use the Tickboxes on image thumbnails to identify the photos you want Aperture to import. After selecting multiple photos, use Check All to quickly select all images for import or Uncheck All to reset import status.
Preview Images Before Import
Double-click any image in the Import window to view it at a larger size. You can also play video and audio clips before importing them.
Double-Click to Close Column Browser
Double-click the resize handle on the column browser to instantly maximise the browser and viewer space in the Import window.
Expanded EXIF Data in Import Window
Display EXIF data — such as f-stop, shutter speed and ISO — for each of the images before importing them.
New Project Options
Create and name a new project directly from the Import pane, avoiding the need to switch to the Library inspector to set it up.
Create Metadata Presets on Import
Create new metadata presets in the Import window as needed. The presets can contain any combination of metadata fields you want to include in the imported images.
Filter File Types
Set Aperture to include or exclude specific types of files, such as video clips, audio files or audio attachments, on import.
Locked/Flagged Image Support
Selectively import only the images you have tagged or locked in the camera. This option makes it easy to import your most important images first.
Backup on Import
Automatically back up your master images to a second drive during import, freeing you from the need to perform a separate, manual backup.
Faster Thumbnails on Import
Image thumbnails load faster when you’re importing photos into Aperture 3, so you can see and begin working on images quickly.
Enjoy more control over how Aperture imports photos you capture in the RAW+JPEG format. Choose to have Aperture import RAW and JPEG images as joined pairs or separate images. If you prefer, you can also have Aperture automatically import only the RAW images or only the JPEG images.
Import Matching RAW
If you imported only the JPEG images of RAW+JPEG pairs, you can select any imported JPEG images captured in the RAW+JPEG format and have Aperture import the matching RAW image from each pair.
Actions on Import
Select any AppleScript script to automatically run immediately after import.
Drag and Drop from Import Window
Select any combination of photos in the Import window and drop them into any project in the Library inspector to import them into the project.
Drop on Aperture Icon to Import
Quickly import photos into Aperture from the Finder by dragging selected images or an entire folder of images and dropping them onto the Aperture icon. Drop selected images on the icon, and Aperture creates a new, untitled project for them in the current library. Drop a folder on the icon, and Aperture creates a new project based on the name of the folder.
Adjust During Import
During import, Aperture 3 lets you make adjustments to new images even while they’re being copied from a flash card or external hard drive. View and adjust full-resolution images at any point during the import process, while Aperture handles the file copying in the background.
Organisation and Library Management
Unified Library with iPhoto
Open your iPhoto Library in Aperture, or vice versa. With one library shared by both applications, upgrading from iPhoto to Aperture is effortless, and you can move back and forth between the two apps at any time.*
Drag and Drop Project Sorting
Customise the sort order in Projects view by dragging projects into the order you want.
Customisable Project Order
Arrange projects, albums and other library items appearing in the Library inspector in any order you want.
Select Multiple Items in Library Inspector
View, move or delete multiple projects, albums or folders by Shift-clicking (for contiguous selections) or Command-clicking (for non-contiguous selections) any number of items in the Library inspector.
Flag any item in the library by clicking the Flag button or pressing the Slash (/) key. To view flagged items, click Flagged in the Library inspector.
Apply up to eight different colour-coded labels to images to organise and group them. Add a custom name for each colour label in Aperture preferences. Simple keyboard shortcuts allow you to apply labels using the keyboard.
Converts Colour Labels in Finder
On import, Aperture 3 automatically converts colour labels assigned to images in the Finder into Aperture colour labels. Conversely, if you export images, colour labels assigned to them in Aperture are converted to Finder colour labels.
Aperture 3 places deleted items in the Trash folder that appears in the Library inspector. As in iPhoto, you can retrieve unintentionally deleted items from the Trash by dragging them back into the desired project.
Enter and view information about each project — including a description, location data (with map) and number of items — in the Info heads-up display (HUD). You can also use this window to set the key photo for the project.
Library Inspector Filtering
Use the new search field in the Library inspector to search within the pane for projects based on name, description, or any Faces or Places data associated with the photos in the project.
Show in Project
Select a photo in a Smart Album, for example, and Aperture can display that image within the project it belongs to.
Duplicate Project Structure
Easily duplicate the structure of a selected project or folder — including its hierarchy of folders, Smart Albums and other elements — without duplicating the images. This new Aperture command allows you to “clone” the structure of a favourite project or folder and use it for another campaign, event or photo shoot.
Specify Sort Order in Library Inspector
Use the Library inspector to specify a default sort order for each folder or project in an Aperture library. This allows you to maintain a persistent sort order for folders and projects. You can create a custom sort order or have Aperture sort by name or date.
Click the Reveal Library button in Aperture preferences to see where your currently selected default library is located in the Finder.
Specify whether you want Aperture to automatically stack newly created versions with their “parent” images.
To merge two projects into one, use the Projects view to simply drag one project tile onto another. Alternatively, you can select two or more projects in the Library inspector and choose Merge Projects from the File menu.
Merge and Sync Libraries
To merge two or more Aperture libraries, simply drag one Aperture library into another. If any of the merged projects match those already in the library, Aperture automatically updates those items with the most recent changes.
Export as Library
Export any item or combination of items — for example, projects, albums, slideshows or books — as a standalone Aperture library. Once you create standalone libraries, you can open them on any Mac running Aperture without having to first import them into an existing Aperture library.
Fast Library Switching
Close one Aperture library and open another on the fly by selecting the desired library from the “Switch to Library” submenu — no need to quit and restart Aperture.
Recent Libraries Menu
Switch between frequently used libraries faster. Use the “Switch to Library” command to display a list of your most recently opened Aperture libraries.
Hold down the Option key when opening Aperture to display the Library Chooser window, which lists all the Aperture libraries available on your Mac. Then pick the one you want from the list or click Create New to start a new library. The Library Chooser window displays the location of each library, along with the number of masters and versions each library contains.
In Projects view, group library projects by year or by folder for easier browsing.
Navigating Project Groups
When you have grouped projects in Projects view, simply click a header to “drill down”, filtering your view to a specific group of projects. For example, click the 2009 header to view only projects with photos from 2009.
More Project Sorting Options
In Projects view, sort your projects by name or in the custom order defined in the Library inspector.
Expand and Collapse Library Elements
Hide or reveal the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector for a less cluttered look.
Library Name Display
Aperture 3 displays the name of your current library at the top of the Library inspector. This allows you to see at a glance the name of the current library, a handy feature if you frequently switch between multiple libraries.
Easier Project and Album Naming
When you create a new project or album, a dialogue prompts you to enter a name and gives you the option of including currently selected items in the new album. If you create a new project, the dialogue also lets you move selected items into the project automatically.
Choose RAW or JPEG as Original
If you import RAW+JPEG pairs, you can now tell Aperture whether to display the RAW or JPEG as the original image, on an image-by-image basis.
Metadata/Adjustments Sync for RAW+JPEG Pairs
Apply metadata and image adjustments to either the RAW or JPEG version of a RAW+JPEG pair. The two stay in sync as you switch between them.
Aperture Library First Aid
Hold down the Option and Command keys when opening Aperture 3 to access Library First Aid tools. The tools can check the database for consistency and make needed repairs to the database, to permissions or to other library elements.
iLife/iWork Preview Sharing
Use the preview-sharing options in Aperture 3 preferences to optimise the application’s performance. You can now opt to have Aperture share previews only when you quit the program, instead of when you switch to other applications during a work session.
Photo Stream View
Photo Stream view displays a rolling collection of the last 1,000 photos you took on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
Your Mac can save the photos that come through your Photo Stream to your library, organised into Aperture projects by the month and year they were taken.
The photos you import from a camera or SD card to your library can also appear in your Photo Stream. Then you can view them on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch — or on your other computers.
Camera “LCD” Panel
Aperture 3 includes an LCD-style pane — called Camera Info — at the top of the Info inspector. Camera Info displays important photo information, including camera settings, labels and flags. The easy-to-read display emulates the LCD screen on many digital cameras.
IPTC Core Metadata Support
Aperture 3 supports all IPTC Core metadata fields and provides an IPTC Core metadata view.
Write IPTC Metadata to Original
The “Write IPTC Metadata to Original” command will write IPTC metadata into the master file of the selected version, eliminating the need to export original images in order to embed this data.
Batch Rename Original
When using the Batch Change feature to rename photos, you now have the option of applying the name change to the original image files on disk.
Import XMP Sidecar Data
While importing images, Aperture now imports metadata from XMP sidecar files located with them.
Sizes Displayed in Megapixels
Aperture 3 displays image size in two ways: pixel dimensions (for example, 4372 x 2906) and megapixels (for example, 12.7 MP). The addition of megapixels means you no longer have to multiply pixel values yourself.
Visual Feedback When Keywording
When you assign keywords to photos in the Viewer by dragging and dropping, Aperture now highlights the images and displays an Assign Keywords text alert.
Default Metadata Views
Aperture 3 provides an improved set of metadata views, including GPS, IPTC Core and Custom Fields.
Improved Editing of Metadata Views
Aperture 3 organises all supported metadata fields hierarchically with sections you can expand and collapse. This makes it easy to choose the fields you want displayed.
Hover over the Focus Points button in the Camera Info pane to see the focus points used by your camera to autofocus the image. You can also click the button to turn the display of focus points on or off.
Editable Rating, Label and Flag Controls in Info Pane
Aperture 3 allows you to change ratings, apply colour labels and turn flags on and off in the Metadata pane.
Large Caption Metadata View
Switch to the Large Caption view when entering captions. In this view, Aperture increases the size of the field and font, making caption writing easier.
IPTC Date Created Date Picker
The Date Created field is pre-populated with the current date and time. Selector buttons make it easier to enter a specific date and time in the correct format.
Modeless Reordering of Fields in Metadata Pane
Click and drag field names at any time to rearrange metadata in exactly the order you want.
Info Pane Map
If GPS data is available, click the Map button to display a small, resizable map at the bottom of the Metadata pane, showing the location of your photos. Aperture can display the location using Terrain, Road or Satellite view.
Selectable Location Names
Choose the location name you want assigned to each photo. In Aperture 3, a location can include the name of a country, town, city or point of interest. You can decide whether to use a point of interest — such as The Hermitage Museum — or simply the city — St. Petersburg — as a photo’s location name.
Metadata Overlays Button
Use the Browser & Viewer Metadata Overlays button to switch between alternate metadata sets, a large set and a smaller set. This button makes it easier to hide or show metadata in the Viewer or Browser.
Simplified Custom Field Creation
To create new fields to store custom data, simply choose Manage Custom Fields from the Action pop-up menu in the Info pane and set up as many as you need. To see all the custom fields you’ve created, switch to the Custom Fields metadata view. You can also choose to include custom fields in any metadata view.
Search by Photo Usage
You can now find items in your library based on whether they have ever been exported, emailed, printed or ordered as prints or in a book.
Search for Attachments
Quickly find any photos that have audio files attached to them.
Search by Place
Filter and search projects based on any location name associated with the corresponding GPS coordinates. Aperture 3 also lets you search for photos that don’t yet have a GPS location, so you can add it manually.
Search by Face
Find photos based on named faces. This powerful search option lets you quickly find only photos containing faces or just those containing unnamed faces. You can also filter out photos in which Aperture detected no faces.
Search for Externally Edited Photos
Use this search option to quickly find any images that were edited using an external editor or plug-in.
Search by Label
Find photos across your entire library based on colour label. You can search for multiple colour labels simultaneously. For example, you can have Aperture find all photos tagged with either green or blue labels.
Search by File Type
Aperture 3 lets you search for images by type — for example, RAW, JPEG or TIFF — as well as for audio files and video clips.
Search by Album Name or Project Path
Search for images based on which album they are in or based on the folder hierarchy you’ve set up in your Aperture library.
Improved Search by Text
When searching metadata by text string in the Filter HUD, you can use the pop-up menu in the Text field to switch between full-text search (all available metadata strings) and the faster limited-text search. Limited-text search now searches additional items, including keywords, version name, caption, filename, project name and capture year (if the input appears to be a number, such as 2002).
Quick Label Filtering
The search field in the Browser now contains a pop-up menu that lets you quickly filter a set of photos by colour label, without having to open the Filter HUD.
Smart Album Scoping
Control the scope of searches performed by Smart Albums with the click of a button. In Aperture 3, you can set the scope of a Smart Album search to the container the albums are in — for example, a project — or instantly widen the scope of the search to include the entire library.
Auto White Balance
Automatically corrects colour in images using one of three modes — Skin Tone, Natural Gray or Temperature & Tint.
White Balance Using Skin Tones
With Skin Tone mode, you can precisely adjust the colour in a photo by using the eyedropper to click on any skin tones visible in the image.
Professional Auto Enhance
Make images sing with a single click. Professional Auto Enhance analyses each photo and then applies a combination of adjustments, including White Balance, Exposure, Vibrancy, Curves, and Highlights & Shadows, to optimise the image. You can use Professional Auto Enhance to improve photos with just a click, or use it as a starting point for making further adjustments.
Make non-destructive image enhancements to specific areas of any photo using adjustment brushes. Use brush strokes to modify — brush in or brush away — most of the standard image adjustments available in the Adjustments inspector. You can control the size, softness and strength of each brush with intuitive sliders.
Support for Pressure-Sensitive Tablets
If you apply image adjustments using a graphics tablet, such as the Wacom pen tablet, you can use pressure to control the strength of the brush.
Turn on the Detect Edges option, and Aperture will detect hard edges as you brush, making it easier to brush adjustments into specific areas of a photo.
Blend adjustments more easily — and achieve more realistic results — by taking advantage of the feathering tool available for each image adjustment brush.
Examine the selective adjustments you’ve made using any of the adjustment brushes as a colour overlay or as isolated brush strokes, choosing from four view modes: Color Overlay, Brush Strokes, On Black and On White.
Restrict enhancements to the particular tonal range — highlights, midtones or shadows — for any brush you use.
Apply/Clear/Invert Brush Strokes
For any brush, use menu commands to apply the brushed effect to the entire image, remove all the brush strokes or invert the brush strokes to change the affected area.
If you use a combination of adjustments frequently, save it as an effect. Then apply the preset to individual images or a batch of images. Aperture 3 includes dozens of ready-to-use effects, and you can easily create your own and export them for use by others.
See the result of an image adjustment before applying it with a live preview. The Effects pop-up menu in the Adjustments inspector displays a preview of each preset applied to your image, allowing you to assess the effect of the preset before you apply it.
Hold down the Option key when choosing an adjustment effect to have Aperture replace all previous adjustments with the new preset.
Autofix Preset Support
When creating an image adjustment effect, you can opt to include Auto Exposure, Auto Levels and Auto Curves adjustments.
Support for Brushes in Effects
Create presets that include brushed-in or brushed-away adjustments for special effects — for example, adding interesting edge treatments to images.
Use the redesigned — and more vivid — histogram to see the intersection of the red, green and blue channels more easily.
White Balance Shortcut
To select the White Balance eyedropper, simply press Command-Shift-W instead of manually selecting it.
Adjustments Pop-up Menu
Easily add image adjustment tools by using the simplified pop-up menu at the top of the Adjustments inspector. See at a glance the adjustment tools already available in the inspector by looking for the dot next to the name of each tool.
Create Multiple Instances of Adjustments
Apply multiple adjustments of a single type to different parts of an image by creating multiple adjustment bricks for each adjustment. For example, set one Levels adjustment to create the perfect sky. Then add another Levels adjustment brick to selectively perfect skin tones. To add a new instance of an adjustment, choose the Add New option from the Action pop-up menu in each adjustment brick.
Quickly make exposure adjustments by using the Auto buttons now available in the Exposure, Levels and Curves adjustment bricks.
Chromatic Aberration Filter
Remove the colour fringing that can occur along edges due to optical issues by using the Chromatic Aberration filter. The adjustments can be brushed in or brushed away as needed to achieve desired results.
Powerful Curves Tool
Use the Curves tool to adjust exposure and tweak colour. Curve adjustments can be applied to luminance, RGB or individual colour channels. You can set the black, white and midtone points, as well as place custom points along the curve using a target tool. All Curves adjustments can be brushed in or brushed away as needed to achieve desired results.
Linear or Gamma-Corrected Mode
The Curves tool can operate in two different modes — Linear and Gamma-Corrected — depending on which best suits the image. Linear mode is best when dealing with extended range data and highlights, while Gamma-Corrected mode can be especially helpful when working with shadows.
Range Support in Curves Tool
Because the Curves tool supports the “extended range” data sometimes available in RAW images, you can set the Range control in Curves to Extended in order to see the “out of range” highlight data that you may be able to recover. You can then use controls in the Curves tool to pull blown highlights back in and improve detail in highlight areas. Alternatively, you can set the range to Shadows and focus on the lower-left quadrant of the tone curve to make extremely precise Shadow adjustments.
Use the Quick Brushes pop-up menu in the Adjustments toolbar to gain immediate access to 15 ready-to-use brushes for the most common enhancement tasks. Quick Brushes include Skin Smoothing, Polarize, Intensify Contrast, Tint and others.
Use the Skin Smoothing brush to apply a gentle blur effect, creating smoother-looking skin. Use the Radius, Detail and Intensity controls to refine your adjustments.
Edit with Plug-in Menu Item
Use the “Edit with Plug-in” menu command to find and access editing plug-ins you’ve downloaded and installed in Aperture.
Deepen colour, and darken shadow areas and midtones, without affecting the black and white points in an image using the Polarize brush. This creates an effect similar to a polarising filter by using a Multiply blend.
Intensify Contrast (Overlay) Filter
Use this brush to intensify contrast across an image, making dark areas darker and light areas lighter. This filter produces an effect equivalent to using an Overlay blend.
Selectively shift the hue in part of an image, using the Tint brush to change the hue value of affected pixels.
Paint a Gaussian blur into any portion of an image, such as the background. Increase or decrease the amount of blur painted into the selection area by using the Intensity slider until you achieve desired results.
Use Halo Reduction to remove blue and purple fringes sometimes produced with certain lenses on overexposed areas. Simply paint over the halos to remove unwanted fringing. The brush can be used to eliminate difficult halos when Chromatic Aberration alone cannot completely remove them.
If you hold down the Shift key while moving an adjustment slider in the Adjustments HUD, the HUD vanishes, giving you an unobstructed view of your photo as you make adjustments.
The Zoom Navigator helps you move round zoomed photos by displaying a thumbnail of the zoomed photo when you hover the pointer over the navigator.
Dodge and Burn Brushes
Use these Quick Brushes to lighten and darken selected parts of an image non-destructively.
External Editor Menu Item
If you set the application you want to use as your external editor (such as Photoshop Elements) in preferences, Aperture now displays that choice (such as Edit with Photoshop Elements) in the Photos menu.
Set Colour Space for External Editor
In preferences, Aperture 3 lets you define the colour profile to be assigned to TIFF or PSD files exported to an external editor for round-tripping.
Easily set the percentage of magnification when zooming images in the Zoom Navigator. Using the slider, you can set the zoom level from 25 per cent to 1,000 per cent.
Use Command-Plus and Command-Minus on the keyboard to zoom images at predefined increments.
Visible Switch to Show Crop Guides
Aperture 3 provides a tickbox in the Crop HUD to turn rule-of-thirds crop guides on and off.
Output Megapixel Size when Cropping
Check the Crop HUD to see the resulting size of the cropped image in megapixels, based on the dimensions of the crop.
Batch Apply Adjustments
Apply any available adjustments to any selected photos using the Add Adjustment submenu in the Photos menu. Selecting the submenu opens the inspector (if closed) and displays the Adjustments pane.
Face Detection and Recognition
Aperture 3 automatically detects faces in photos when you import them. It then compares the faces and finds similar ones. Aperture supports all the Faces features introduced in iPhoto, extending and enhancing many of them.
Show Unnamed Faces
Click the Show Unnamed Faces button to reveal faces detected in your library that have not yet been named. In Aperture, you can limit the unnamed faces displayed to a specific project or album; or you can have Aperture display unnamed faces across your entire library.
Detect Missing Faces
Use the Detect Missing Faces contextual menu command to rescan a selected photo to find potential matching faces that weren’t detected during the initial image scan.
Aperture lets you turn the corkboard background in Faces view on or off.
View Faces by Project, Album or Folder
Instead of displaying all the named people throughout your whole library, Aperture lets you limit the faces displayed in Faces view to individuals named in a specific folder, project or album. Doing so can speed the process of finding photos of a particular person.
Limit Suggestions to Project
To expedite the confirmation of possible matches in Name mode (for example, “Is this Elizabeth?”), you can set Aperture to suggest only names used in the same project rather than throughout your library.
Export Names as Keywords
When you export photos that include people you’ve named using the Faces feature, the names are embedded as IPTC keywords in the resulting image files so that the names are “readable” by other applications that display standard IPTC metadata.
Turn face detection on or off in preferences. Turning it off stops Aperture from scanning photos for faces when importing new photos and hides Faces in the Library inspector.
Aperture 3 extends and enhances the Places technology introduced in iPhoto. Places allows you to organise photos based on where they were taken, using GPS data embedded in photos when you took them or location data added in Aperture.
See where you took your photos on an interactive map displayed in Aperture. Choose from road maps or view satellite images with or without labels.
Map Zoom Navigator
Use the mini-map (in the lower-right corner of the main Places map) to quickly navigate the large map.
View Places by Project, Album or Folder
To find photos faster, you can limit the locations displayed in Places view to those associated with photos in a specific folder, project or album, rather than searching across your whole library.
Drag and Drop to Add Locations
Assign locations to photos without embedded GPS coordinates by simply dragging the photos onto a searchable Google map and dropping them on a specific location.
Consolidated Search Results
When searching for places on a map, Aperture scans the extensive Apple database of locations to deliver a consolidated list of matching results.
Show/Hide Location Badges
In Places view, Aperture automatically marks the thumbnails of photos to which you have added GPS data with a “pin” badge. You can opt to hide the badges by choosing Hide Location Badges from the Action pop-up menu.
Support for GPS Track Logs
In Aperture, you can easily assign locations to photos by importing the track log from a GPS receiver. Then simply drag photos onto the track to have Aperture sync the photos to the location data in the track log. You can also reset the time zone of the track in Aperture.
Support for iPhone Photo GPS Locations
Import GPS locations for the photos you take with your GPS-enabled iPhone directly into Aperture. Then use the data to assign locations to photos already in your library.
Places Path Navigator
Use the Places Path Navigator pop-up menus in Places view to jump to any country, state, province, county, town, city or point of interest where you have taken photos.
Move Pins to Relocate
To reassign locations or correct GPS errors, just click the Move Pins button and drag location pins to a new spot on the map.
Command-Drag to Zoom
Want a fast way to zoom the map? Simply Command-drag to create a selection rectangle over the part of the map you want to see, and Aperture zooms the selected area to fill the map window.
Remove GPS data you’ve assigned to any photo by choosing Remove Location from the Action pop-up menu in Places view.
Map + Photos View
In Places view, Aperture displays both a map and your photo thumbnails. Click any thumbnail to highlight the location where the photo was taken on the map. Or click any pin on the map, and Aperture selects the corresponding thumbnail. This works when you click multiple thumbnails or pins as well.
Show/Hide Tracks and Waypoints
When working with imported GPS track files, you can choose to show or hide individual track paths on the map.
Show Unplaced Photos
Easily find photos that don’t yet have location data. In Places view, select the Show Unplaced Photos option and Aperture filters the thumbnail browser to display only photos that have not been placed on the map (that is, to which no locations have been assigned).
Smart Album View
After zooming the map to any location, create a Smart Album that will automatically display only photos located in that view. As you add new photos taken at locations in the designated area, Aperture adds them to the Smart Album.
Use the Manage Places window to define custom locations (for example, Home, Kathy’s school or Holiday cottage) using a Google map. Once you’ve created the location, you can assign it to photos in your library at any time with just a few keystrokes.
Publish to Facebook
Click the Facebook button to publish selected photos directly to your Facebook account. People named using the Faces feature are automatically tagged with Facebook names, and published albums can be automatically updated as you add, remove or edit photos.
Publish to Flickr
Publish directly to your Flickr account from Aperture. If you’ve added locations to photos, Aperture includes the GPS information, so photos are automatically mapped on Flickr. Published albums can be automatically updated as you add, remove or edit photos.
Publish to SmugMug
Publish photos directly to your SmugMug account from Aperture. If you make further edits to your photos, Aperture will automatically sync the changes to your SmugMug galleries. And you can even view your SmugMug comments directly in Aperture.
Video and Audio
Import, view and trim AVCHD video captured on many popular cameras.
Import, browse and play back video clips — including HD video — from digital SLR cameras, point-and-shoot cameras and digital camcorders.
Import and play back audio clips in standard audio formats, such as AIFF and MP3.
Set start and end points (In and Out points) for audio and video clips. You can trim clips during import or at any time after you have imported clips into the library.
Aperture lets you designate separate external editing applications for audio and video clips.
Space Bar Playback
To play or pause video, simply press the Space bar after selecting a video or audio clip.
Create JPEG from Frame
Aperture lets you create a still JPEG image from any frame in a video clip.
Import Audio Attachments
If you used the microphone on your digital SLR to record audio attachments, Aperture can import the audio and keep it attached to the corresponding photo.
Audio Attachment Player
When you select a photo that has attached audio, the Metadata inspector includes audio controls so you can play and trim the audio.
Attach Audio File
Turn any audio clip in a project into an audio attachment by linking it to a specific image. Once attached, the audio clip is connected to the image and can be played using the Metadata inspector.
Detach Audio File
Aperture lets you detach audio that was recorded as an audio attachment and turn it into a standalone audio clip.
A/V Rating, Keywords and Labels
Organise multimedia content in your library using any combination of ratings, keywords and colour labels — just as you do with photos.
The Metadata inspector displays the duration, size and frame rate for any selected video clip. For audio clips, the inspector displays the duration, format and bit rate.
Set Poster Frame for Video Clips
Choose any frame in the clip as the thumbnail image representing the video.
Aperture 3 offers eight slideshow themes, including six from iPhoto.
Create a simple slideshow on the fly. Or build an advanced slideshow and save it in your library for future use.
Once you save a slideshow you’re working on, you can skim across thumbnails in the Timeline-style browser to preview transitions, titles and the timing of the entire slideshow.
When using the Classic and Ken Burns themes, you can choose from a dozen transitions, including Dissolve, Fade through Black and Fade through White.
Borders and Insets with Fit or Fill Cropping
The Classic and Ken Burns themes give you the flexibility to frame images by defining a custom colour border and inset for each photo. Then you can have images cropped to fit within your borders and insets, or to fill the screen during a slideshow.
Custom Ken Burns Effect
Easily set a custom pan/zoom on each slide using simple iMovie-style controls for setting the start and end cropping rectangles. You can do this in either the Classic or Ken Burns theme.
Text on Slides
In addition to the text on the main title slide, you can add text to any slide using any font, style or colour you choose. Aperture allows you to include text from specific fields (such as Date, Location or Title) or to enter custom text for each slide.
All slideshows, including the ready-to-use themes, give you the option to include a main title slide. You can set the font, style and colour for this initial title.
Slideshow Display Preference
Specify the screen on which you want slideshows to appear — the main display or the secondary display. This allows you to run Aperture in presenter mode on a notebook computer, using the projected display to show only the slideshow to your audience.
Set Aspect Ratio
Choose from a number of standard aspect ratios, including HDTV, iPhone or the aspect ratio of your computer display.
Aperture Audio Browser
Use the Audio browser to access audio clips or audio tracks associated with video clips stored in your Aperture library. This makes it easy to build the soundtrack for your slideshow.
Control the volume, fade in and fade out for each audio or video clip added to a slideshow.
You can set any audio or video clip in a slideshow to automatically reduce the volume of the main soundtrack while playing.
Secondary Audio Track
Besides including a main audio track in a slideshow (such as background music), you can add a secondary audio track, such as a voiceover or narration, to create a true layered soundtrack.
Insert Blank Slide
When using the Classic and Ken Burns themes, you can insert blank, solid-colour slides to divide a slideshow into sections. You can also create a blank slide with editable title text.
Record Slide Durations
Aperture 3 offers an easy way to sync slide durations to a slideshow’s soundtrack. Instead of entering the numeric timing for each slide, you can “record” the slide duration by playing the slideshow and pressing the Return key each time you want a slide to change.
Distribute Slide Timing
Use this option to reset the timing of a selected group of slides, so that each slide has the same duration.
Fit Selected Slides to Audio Track
Aperture lets you expand or reduce the timing of a selected group of slides to fit the duration of the main soundtrack exactly.
Export Slideshow as Movie
In Aperture, you can now export slideshows in a number of predefined formats, including YouTube, iPhone, Apple TV, HD and 1080p. You can also specify a custom size and frame rate, and export slideshows using either the H.264 or MPEG-4 codec.
You can now add video clips — including HD video — to any slideshow.
Choose the 33x25.4-cm (13x10-inch) size in any Aperture book theme to create an impressive coffee table–style photo book.
New Book Themes
Aperture 3 features two new book themes: Photo Essay, a simple, elegant photojournalist-style layout, and Journal, which includes scrapbook-style borders and large spreads.
Use the Photo Essay or Journal theme to illustrate your photo books with customisable maps, showing the locations of any or all of the photos in your book.
Simplified Book Editing Tools
Redesigned buttons make it easier to switch from editing content and layout to adding new photo and text boxes to a book.
Photo Book Plug-ins
Aperture 3 lets you create and order books from a number of the leading, high-end album companies, such as Couture, Graphistudio, Leather Craftsmen and Queensberry. Book themes developed and provided by these companies plug directly into Aperture, allowing you to create your book layouts and then connect, order and upload your finished book with a few clicks.
Custom Printing Presets
Define print settings that include custom margins and borders, and save them as presets that can be reused for future print jobs.
Interactive Layout Tools
Instead of entering dimensions in fields, you can simply drag margin lines and guides in the print preview window to interactively control the margins of your print layout and size photos as desired.
Use the vertical and horizontal rulers to design precise page layouts.
Same Photo Per Page
Select the Same Photo Per Page option, and Aperture will use a selected photo for each printed page. You can use this option, for example, to print a page of wallet-size photos of a single image.
Crop Image to Fill
If the photo boxes on your page layout don’t match the aspect ratio of your photos, you can use this option to automatically crop the photos to fill each box. You can further adjust positioning by double-clicking a photo to pan and zoom it within the photo box.
Aperture 3 lets you easily add borders with a custom width and colour to images you print.
Customise prints by adding a title, a subtitle or your own logo to the header of any print or contact sheet.
Automatic Page Numbering
Aperture can add page numbers to multi-page contact sheets and prints.
When adding notes and comments to contact sheets, you can specify the number of comment lines that appear under photos.
Simply specify the number of photos you want to appear on a page, and Aperture 3 creates the layout for you. Want more control? You can also specify row and column spacing.
Compensate for the output characteristics of your printer by adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness of images on the fly. The adjustments apply only to the print output and do not affect the image versions themselves.
You can now include metadata on any print — not just contact sheets. Aperture lets you position metadata to appear below, above or beside each image.
Set Metadata Font and Size
Choose the font, style and size for metadata on prints and contact sheets.
Aperture can automatically apply graphic watermarks not only when exporting images, but when printing as well.
Rendering Intent Control
When printing, choose from two rendering intent options: Relative Colorimetric or Perceptual.
iOS 5 Photo Features
Non-Destructive Image Adjustments
Auto-enhance, crop, straighten, rotate — adjustments you make to photos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch will be preserved when you import into Aperture. And all your edits are non-destructive, so you can revert to your original image at any time.
Use iTunes to wirelessly sync the contents of your Aperture library to your iOS devices. You can sync any combination of Events, Albums and Faces to get exactly the photos you want on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
The scripting dictionary in Aperture 3 includes support for properties such as colour labels, flags and GPS longitude and latitude.
Image Adjustment Preset Class
Create scripts that automatically apply adjustment presets to images.
Access to the Trash Folder
The scripting dictionary includes support for moving photos to and from the Trash.
You can use an AppleScript script to remove adjustments from images.
Update from Originals
Scripts can include a command that rereads EXIF data from master images. This can be useful for images imported into previous versions of Aperture that did not support fields for lens type and other EXIF data supported in subsequent versions.
64-Bit Support (requires Snow Leopard and Intel Core 2 Duo processor or later)
With OS X Snow Leopard or later, the Mac can support up to 16 terabytes of memory, and 64-bit applications like Aperture 3 can take advantage of this larger memory capacity.