Aperture has some pretty nifty slideshow features, but you have to navigate down to the “Edit…” selection on the popup menu to get to them. Alot of people think that they’re stuck with the stock options such as “Dissolve” and lose interest quickly. Remember, whenever you see a “…” after a menu selection, that means a dialog box follows. And with Apple, that usually results in good things.
Once you get to the slideshow dialog box, you’ll see that you have control over timing, duration, and quality. That’s nice. But the interesting stuff are the Rows and Columns where you can create multiple image frames on the display at once, and have Aperture cycle pictures through those frames. If you haven’t tried this yet, you’ve just gotta do it. I just created a 3-column slideshow of a basketball game I shot, and it’s fun.
I’d like to see more controls for authoring these presentations, and I suspect we will in the future. But the biggest drawback is the inability to export your slideshows to QuickTime for other uses outside of Aperture. Now, there are some workarounds such as exporting to keynote and exporting to iDVD. You could also record a screengrab movie using Snapz Pro X. The value of these workarounds depends on the requirements of your finished product.
But don’t forget the iPhoto to Aperture connection (as shown in the illustration). If you’ve generated previews in Aperture, then you can browse those in iPhoto and even copy an entire Aperture album into iPhoto. I usually make pretty big previews, so I have the option to use the Ken Burns effect in iPhoto if I want. And the best part is, I can easily export those iPhoto slideshows to QuickTime.
Regardless of which path you take, there are more slideshow options in Aperture (and Aperture to iPhoto) than initially meet the eye.