There’s always a moment during the process of learning an application where the light goes on and you say to yourself, “Ah ha!” As I’ve been preparing for my Inside Aperture Power Tools workshop, I’ve had my share of “Ah ha”s. But I want to tell you about the most important one, because it’s at the root of so many misconceptions about this product.
I’ve interviewed photographers and read plenty of reviews and blog posts about Aperture’s limitations. About how Apple makes you do things its way instead of the way you want to work. Most of the time, this just isn’t true. And much of the confusion comes from one area: Presets.
I’ll use the simple slideshow as an example, because I fell prey to this one myself, originally complaining that you couldn’t add music to the presentations. Wrong. When I chose the slideshow command, I saw this option on the screen.
What I didn’t realize at the moment, but know now, is that those few measly options are just a few convenient presets that Apple has provided me. If I go to the bottom of that popup up menu, I can choose Edit, and get this.
Now I have all sorts of options, including music, that I can configure and save as my own preset with the + button in the lower left corner of the screen. If I want to remove any of Apple’s presets, just highlight it and click on the - button.
You’ll see these options over and over again throughout Aperture. Take a look at “Export Version…” for example. There’s some powerful stuff there. So the key is to look for that edit option at the bottom of your popup windows. By doing so, it will change your Aperture experience greatly.
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