I haven’t used List View in Aperture so much, because List View seemed to be one long boring list of text. But List View is full of suprises.
List View can be transformed with a simple slide of the Thumbnails Sizing Bar. Slide it to the right and watch those little boxes transform into colorful little thumbnail images. What’s more, when you summon the loupe and drag it over the thumbnails, you can see a 100 per cent view of that image!
Boring List View
Almost sexy List View
Sexiest List View when using the loupe, which works on any thumbnail anywhere in Aperture
Suddenly List View has come alive and I’m going to see just how handy it can be.
By typing CMD J, you call up the View Options, under which you have a choice of List View Basic or Expanded. Expanded adds a few extra options, like Captions, Keywords, Copyright etc.
Cmd J Brings up View Options
You can sort by any of the fields in List View, just click on the field title. If you want to see all of your photos in a particular project or album sorted by Focal Length for example, just click on that field title (focal length) and Aperture does the sorting from wide to tele. Click on the arrow to reverse the sorted order from long lens to wide.
When you switch back to Grid View, the images are still sorted by Focal Length and Focal Length remains in the sorting drop-down menu.
Sort by focal length, even in Grid View
By dragging the title field in List View to the right or left, you can customize the order in which the columns appear to suit your needs. I moved the Caption and File Name and Master Location to the right of Version Name, but you can customize the various columns any way you want. List Views as sexy browser? Who new?