Wish list for a new version of Apple's Aperture:
- Auto purge of previews that haven't been viewed in xx months/years
- Display of file size for folders, perhaps as tool tips or whatever those yellow pop ups are called
- Refine storage management as I have my photos all on SSD and my videos on HDD. When I insert a SD Card I tell Aperture to only import the photos, after which I copy paste the video’s in the Finder and then import them as referenced in Aperture (which is a hassle, but this is the only way to keep my video’s on HDD and my photos on [managed lib] SSD)
- Expand website creation, possibly by using a Lessons Learned from iWeb days and devs
- Expand photo adjustments and bring it up to speed of LR
- Refine batch keyword adjustments; I think the interface is a bit clumsy, with all the Shift-click and other 'hidden' features that makes you need to read the manual. Create drop down lists of your Keywords before importing them so you can keep your hierarchy, prompt user for similar keywords you already have in order to keep them consistent
- iCloud integration could use an overhaul. The current way of creating a new 'item' so that it syncs can be made redundant if one can simply hit a checkbox in an album itself; make a separate view that displays them all. Video integration needs a thorough overhaul. View your Galeries on iCloud.com (like MM)
- iTunes syncing for iOS devices: let user choose which Aperture lib to sync with
- Books could use 3rd party plugins, drop shadows, support for PNG files, transparency, upload status feedback while ordering, custom layout templates, evenly distribute photos on self-designed pages (I like to keep them a little bit more out of the binding area), import/export custom book layout, a good preview of the book before ordering, iBooks Author integration
- Ability to have more than one library open concurrently if your Mac can handle it, which I presume it can as a 100GB lib works just fine on a Mini. Just like in iMovie
- Vaults: don't lock out the user while updating them. And put a timer on it. And have the user set a scheduler. (daily/after every import and so on)
- Edit EXIF data – for legacy lenses on modern cameras
- Larger Effects Previews
- Search: a unified search box that searches everything and the ability to further refine those results. Also filter on colour; I want to have smart albums where the majority of pixels are red, or red front and center with a blue background.
- iPad app - full blown, go all out: make adjustments to individual photos and have the adjustments sync over to the desktop. Including, but not limited to: offline editing. reorganising, renaming (smart) folders, albums, geotagging, rejects. Also an Aperture Remote App, like Logic Pro (edit: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2013/08/apple-reveals-a-new-photo-editing-user-interface-for-the-ipad.html)
And for Pete’s sake: when I’m in Fullscreen I don’t want to be bothered with notifications from OSX. There ought to be a way to disable that annoyance.
The wish for a new version came straight after they released v3, back in 2010. There are a lot of sites discussing their wishes and enhancements, so there’s a lot of outdated pages to be read.A couple of sites I came across that are ‘more recent’ (about a year old and newer):
Aperture 3.5 – Released on October 22, 2013.
Aperture 3.0 – Released on February 9, 2010.
Aperture 2.0 – Released on February 12, 2008.
Aperture 1.0 – Released on November 30, 2005.
Edited by PhilBoogie - 7/21/14 at 7:16am