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This course covers the entire photographic workflow in Apple Aperture, from import to enhancement to output. Author Derrick Story covers organizing image collections with star ratings, labels, and Smart Albums, and using the image editing tools to adjust exposure, retouch flaws, and correct color balance issues. And one of the most noteworthy features in Aperture is explored in detail: its ability to store video clips alongside the stills from digital cameras, then combine them to create stunning multimedia slideshows.
This course was updated on 10/03/12. Updated movies cover the features added through version 3.3, including Retina display support, iCloud photo sharing, streamlined integration with iPhoto, and much more.
There are a variety of third-party Export plug-ins that are available for Aperture that allow you to do fun stuff like send your photos directly to Facebook. Or if you do a lot of FTP transfer, you can use a plug-in to send your photos directly to your FTP site. You can find these plug- ins on the Aperture page. You go to Apple.com/Aperture, click on the Resources button there, and you will see another link for all of the plug-ins.
So, let me show you a little bit how this works. Let's say that I wanted to send this photo directly to my Facebook account. Well, there is an export plug-in for that. So, I just click on the photo, and then I go up to File. I go to Export. I will see any plug-ins that I have loaded from the Resources page on Aperture, right here. Now you'll notice that it says 32-bit. So, we're in a bit of a transition phase right now, and it depends on when you're listening to this movie.
If you're listening to this movie five years after I recorded it, the transition is probably over. If you're listening to this movie soon after I recorded, we're still in the middle of this transition. But Aperture 3 is written in 64-bit. It's a 64-bit app. That means it can take advantage of more memory. You have performance enhancements, especially when you're running it with Snow Leopard or later. A lot of the plug-ins that are out there are in 32-bit. So, what you actually have to do is move from 64-bit to 32-bit mode if you want to use an older plug-in.
It's not that painful, but I'll let you decide for yourself. So, I'll go ahead and just click on this right here, and I'll get this message right here. If I click the Reopen button, what Aperture is going to do is reopen in 32-bit mode. So, I can use that plug-in. So, we'll do that. It's going to relaunch right now. Now we haven't set up this particular plug-in, so I'm going to go ahead and just close this, and we'll just say Fine! So, then we could go ahead and start using our plug-in in 32-bit mode.
I'm going to cancel this. But now we're in 32-bit mode, which means when we go back to work, we're not taking advantage of maybe all the memory that we have or some of the performance enhancements. So, how do we get back to 64-bit mode? Well, it's really not that hard. All you have to do is just basically quit Aperture. I'm going to show you one thing before we relaunch. The short answer is then you just relaunch Aperture, but while we're here, let's get info. I'm going to do Command+I. If you wanted to just switch to 32-bit mode on your own, this is the way you do it.
You just do Command+I, and then you check this box right here. But we don't want to do that. We want to go back to 64-bit mode. So, now, all we have to do is just launch Aperture again, and now we're back in 64-bit mode. So, this was as much a movie about 32 -bit versus 64-bit as it was for the Export plug-ins, but I'll tell you, this is the spot where you're really going to run into this issue is with the Export plug-ins and also some of the edit with plug-ins.
So, I wanted you to be up to speed, so you knew what was going on if you had this show up on your screen.
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