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A major improvement under the hood in Aperture 3.3 is Fast Browsing. Now, this takes effect while you're importing images from your memory card and first looking at them in Aperture. We are in the Import dialog box right now, and I have a whole bunch of RAW files ready to come into the application, 352 to be exact. That's a lot of RAW files. Now, in the old days, I wouldn't be able to do much meaningful work until all those files came in and the previews were generated, all that stuff.
As you will see, things have changed. What fast browsing does is that it reads the embedded JPEG in each of these RAW files. The camera actually puts a JPEG in the RAW file container. It will read all of those, it will present those to us first in Aperture and then continue to do the importing process in the background. What that means is that we'll be able to start rating and adding metadata to our images, even before import is over. Sounds really cool, doesn't it? Well, let's take a look at it.
Keep in mind that I'm using photos from my memory card for this import and that we are not going to keep these images in the Aperture library. They are just for demonstration here on fast browsing. That means that you need to use your own pictures. So get out a memory card with lots of RAW files on it and try the same technique. Okay, here we go! I am going to bring all these RAW files in. We will create a new project, and we will just call this Fast Browsing project, right? Everything else looks good here. So let's let her fly. Okay.
So over here, we can monitor the import process. But you can see that already I have 352 items displayed. The JPEGs are here. So I could double-click on this, I can look at it. I can go to the next image. I can browse down some more. We are still importing over here. This is our indicator showing us that files are still coming in off the memory card into Aperture. We continue to be able to browse our JPEGs here, look at larger versions of them.
If I wanted to, I could even go to Info, and I could go to General, and I could start adding captions. We are still importing, and I am looking at my photos. So all this time that we normally would have had to wait, to go get a cup of coffee, in some cases go get an entire meal, right? I can be productive. I can be doing my work in Aperture while the import process is going on.
Now, what happens after this? Well, the embedded JPEGs that come in from the camera files, those remain the previews until you start to work on images. Then when you start to work on an image, Aperture then will replace it with a generated preview that it creates according to the specifications that you have set up in Preferences. So, this is very efficient. Even right now, it's not building every preview for every shot in here at this moment. It's saving that CPU power for me to be able to do my work.
So Fast Browsing allows us to get to work faster after we've brought our images in from our memory cards. It's a huge improvement in Aperture 3.3.
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