Learn the New Import Features in Aperture 3

It used to be that photo management software had fairly basic importing systems that served to get the photo files in the program where they could be used by the other facets available. Aperture 3 has changed that with the new importing wizard and multiple new options. Apple has added a new level of customization, as well, with the ability to modify what options show up in the importing wizard itself, thereby allowing you to utilize a cleaner, less complicated interface that only displays the options you want or need.

Before Importing

The check-box that initially comes up allows you to click and check the thumbnail for each photo you want to import, and the preview option allows you to see your photos before actually importing them, giving you the opportunity to pick and choose which you want to keep. You can set any location on your computer that you want to be the default location, as well as into Aperture itself, whether it be as a new project or an existing folder or event, or you can manually drag-and-drop each file into the location in the library of your choosing.

You can create a new project, as well as alter your photo information directly from the importing interface, rather than going into the library and doing it beforehand. Rather than running the wizard if you only have a few files you need to import, you can also simply locate files or entire folders with Finder and drag them to the Aperture icon. This automatically creates a new project waiting for a title. You can create or edit your photo's metadata from the wizard individually, or you can apply the tags across the entire project. The filter option allows you to choose what file types you want to import and to exclude those you don't. 

During Importing

A very convenient feature of Aperture's importing application is the ability to apply basic edits to photos as it imports them. If you have a batch of pictures that all need similar edits, such as overall lightening or darkening, you can set it to apply those edits to each photo as it imports them into your library. If you have more detailed editing work you need to do on your photos, and you are rushed for time, Aperture lets you begin working on your photos before the importing job is fully complete. Losing huge libraries of photos is a common fear that can be alleviated with the option to automatically back up your files as they're imported, either to your main drive or a secondary back-up one. 

After Importing

Once you've completed your current importing job, Aperture will store the information from the project, keeping it handy in case you need to continue or add more to it later on. Locating the photos you just imported is as simple as opening the project you just created, or the old one the photos were added to. 

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