Here’s hoping Aperture X is next!

Hoping Apple Aperture X is next

Yesterday, Apple released Logic Pro X featuring what looks like several new features specifically designed for pros. The feedback from people that use Logic Pro has been generally favourable. It seems Apple did a good job with this one. It’s certainly been much more positive than when Final Cut X came out.

Whilst I don’t use Logic, the fact that such an update to a pro app came out gives me hope that Apple hasn’t forgotten their pro applications, including Aperture. In fact, I think it’s pretty obvious that the next version of Aperture will be called Aperture X and not Aperture 4.

Apple’s pro apps include Final Cut, Logic, Aperture and Motion. The first 2 are out with an X version. Here’s hoping Aperture X is next!

Pulled the trigger on VSCO FILM 02 for Aperture 3

Jessica - Shot with Panasonic GF1 and processed with VSCO Film 02 for Aperture 3

Jessica – Shot with Panasonic GF1 and processed with VSCO Film 02 for Aperture 3

I finally gave in and bought VSCO FILM 02 for Aperture 3. I’ve been experimenting with adding a layer of real film grain to presents in Aperture 3. It’s been a huge learning experience and I think I finally have something I like. I’m planning on making it available here soon.

However, I’ve always wondered about the VSCO presets. From looking at the samples on their website, they look really good, although overly expensive as far as presets go. But after asking Robert Boyer and Patrick La Roque on Twitter about them, I decided to pull the trigger and buy one.

I decided on VSCO FILM 02. I’ve only had it for a few days and still going through it, but so far I like it. I’ve mostly experimented with the black and white presets and the film grain. It’s obvious they spent a lot of time and attention on it. I’ll write my thoughts once I’ve had enough time to really get into it.

The two photographs here have the Ilford Delta 3200 and Fuji Superia 400 film grain presets added. Nothing else.

Jessica - Shot with Panasonic GF1 and processed with VSCO Film 02 for Aperture 3

Jessica – Shot with Panasonic GF1 and processed with VSCO Film 02 for Aperture 3

Another photgrapher leaving Aperture

Patrick La Roque:

And so with a fair amount of sadness I’ve made a profound decision that will probably surprise most of you: I’m moving to Lightroom.

I have to admit I read Patrick’s post with a knot in my stomach. He’s a great photographer and has been an avid user of Aperture for a long time, so knowing that he’s decided to jump ship is kind of sad. Every time a serious photographer (either pro or just really passionate) stops using Aperture, I feel there’s less reason for Apple to continue development focusing on professional features. It’s another reason for Apple to turn it into just an iPhoto plus app.

In his post, Patrick explains why he made the decision. His reasons are valid and I agree with some of them. The new tools in Lightroom 4 are awesome. Things like noise reduction and lens correction should be in Aperture by now.

The fact that we don’t know what the hell is going on with Apple is another factor. All we know is rumours. Apple really needs to be more open when it comes to pro apps.

Aperture 3.4 quits on launch after updating & how to fix it

Something went wrong with the latest update to Apple’s Aperture. After updating to Aperture 3.4, every time I launch the app it crashes showing me the following message:

Apple Aperture 3.4 quits on launch

After a bit of searching, I found this support article from Apple that explains how to fix it.

The solution? Reinstall Aperture to resolve this issue.

Not as easy as it sounds on a MacBook Air unless you’ve purchased Aperture from the Mac App Store. I didn’t. I bought the DVD a long time ago. The Air doesn’t have a DVD player. This isn’t going to be fun.

Aperture Vault’s File Extension Secret | ApertureExpert

Joseph Linaschke at ApertureExpert has an awesome tip regarding Aperture Vaults. He writes:

The process of restoring a vault is tedious. First of all, it’s not selective. It’s an all-or-nothing affair. So if you accidentally trashed a project but you know it’s in a Vault, you can’t just recover that one project.

or can you…

Plus, restoring from a Vault takes a long time if you have a big library. This is no quick recovery.

or is there…

If you use Aperture’s Vault to back up your Library (and you should), go read the article. You’ll be surprised.

Install 500px Aperture Uploader plugin on Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion, Apple’s latest operating system (aka OS X 10.8), comes with a new security feature called Gatekeeper that prevents you from installing apps that aren’t from developers “identified” by Apple. For the most part, I think this is a good thing. However, sometimes it can get in the way of installing an application from a trusted developer.

For example, I recently installed Aperture on a new computer. When I tried to install the 500px Aperture Uploader plugin, I got the following error message saying “Install 500px Aperture Uploader can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”

500px Aperture Uploader error message

You can temporarily disable Gatekeeper to install apps from unidentified developers by changing the settings in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and checking the box that says “Anywhere” under “Allow applications downloaded from:”. You’ll need to remember to change it back after installing.

But there’s an easier way that I don’t think is documented (or clear). Just right-click on the installer and choose Open. You’ll get the same warning dialog but this time with a button lab led Open. Click that and you’ll bypass Gatekeeper for just that once.