One of my favorite ways of using Aperture is in Full Screen mode. In this mode, you get as much real estate as possible focused on the most important thing: Your photographs. When I first started using Aperture, however, there was something about full screen mode that frustrated me. I tried putting the image navigation bar on the bottom and on the sides, but it was always and just ever so slightly getting in the way. The problem is that it was covering up a bit of my images, taking the magic out of full screen mode.
After fighting with it for a while, I finally found the magic “Avoid” setting in the Viewer Mode control. This menu item can also be easily accessed with the Control-V keyboard shortcut. The location of this setting is shown in the following screen grab:
Once toggled, Aperture will layout the full screen mode in such a way that it will display the photograph without letting it slip under the navigation bar. Perfect.
It’s a simple thing, sure. But, I’ve run into a few other people that for some reason didn’t find this setting right off the bat and they had stopped using full screen mode so much because of it. But, once they know the trick, full screen mode becomes part of their Aperture experience again.
One more tip: You’ll notice in the screen grabs above that I have the navigation strip on left edge. I find that putting it on the left or right edge, instead of on the bottom in its default location, maximizes screen real estate for working on vertical images and doesn’t impact horizontal images much—especially on a wide screen MacBook Pro.
If you have a favorite full screen mode tip, please leave a comment!