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How to Edit MetaData Presets in Aperture 2

January 3, 2012 by debbie T | Aperture 2Digital Photography

Every new year, I have to edit the year on my copyright for photos imported into Aperture 2, and every year, I search for the same web article online to figure out how to do it!

Well, for future reference (2013 and beyond…) here’s what I need to do to change my copyright date in the metadata preset:

In Finder, open the XML file and edit in Text Wrangler (or other plain text editor)
File is found at /Library/Application Support/Aperture/Metadata Presets.plist

Here is the original article:


and where I originally found it:


Wiscasset, Maine

July 1, 2009 by debbie T | Aperture 2Art and GraphicsDigital Photography

I love when we vacation on the Maine coast. It’s one of my favorite places!

Unfortunately, we won’t be traveling to the Maine coast this summer, but we do have plenty of other areas to visit!

Here is a photo from last year, taken in Wiscasset, Maine – edited in Lightzone and Aperture 2 (click for slightly larger version):

Wiscasset Maine coastal ocean photo

(all photos are copyright protected. Do not use or copy without written permission)

Creating & Managing Aperture 2 Smart Albums

April 29, 2009 by debbie T | Aperture 2Digital PhotographyMac Software

Bart Busschots and Allison Sheridan were discussing Aperture 2 on the Nosillacast podcast this week, and Bart was complaining about the way Smart Albums were working (or not working) for him. I think I have a solution to his problem.

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Setting New Export Presets in Aperture 2

February 7, 2009 by debbie T | Aperture 2Digital Photography

My friend Allison from the Nosillacast podcast was having problems exporting her jpg files. She was using the "JPEG – Original Size" preset to export, but she said that the exported files were only 200kb, much too small to use for a calendar. I am hoping that I figured out her problem toward the end of this tutorial, but before we get to that, let’s take a closer look at the Aperture 2 Export options and presets.

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Aperture 2: The Adjustments Panel

November 20, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Art and GraphicsDigital PhotographyMac Software

This tutorial takes you through a few of the customizations and options of the Adjustments panel. Keep in mind, the Adjustments panel has a set of menus, and each tool has its own menu as well.

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Night Time Photograpy

November 17, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Digital Photography

Long shutter speeds are great for ocean and sky shots. Also great for night shots.

cold night

Tonight my wonderful husband drove me to a nearby beach to take some long exposure photos. It was very cold and the wind was strong, but I had a great time!

My info:

The RAW photo was edited in Aperture 2, along with some “dodge and burn” – love the dodge & burn in Aperture 2.

Camera Raw Bundle 2.3 released

November 6, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Art and GraphicsDigital PhotographyiPhotoMac Software

Hopefully this version (check software update) will fix all the ongoing problems, such as importing in Aperture.


I will probably hold off for a day or two before installing. Just to get my backups in order. It looks like there could be further issues.


update 2008-11-8: Installed the update yesterday, and so far so good. No problems w/ importing photos and/or editing.

Aperture 2 – Changing Image Date & Time

October 26, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Art and GraphicsDigital PhotographyMac Software

UPDATED 2008-11-22:

So, you have a photo in Aperture 2, and you need the date (and/or time) adjusted. It’s actually pretty easy once you know where Aperture has hidden the option! See further below for info on changing multiple images.

From the Metadata Menu

Select the photo, choose Metadata>Adjust Date & Time from the menu.


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Aperture 2 Projects Import and Export

October 24, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Art and GraphicsDigital PhotographyMac Software

I tried a quick experiment tonight with Aperture 2. I wanted to see how Aperture’s project import and export worked and if photos would be duplicated if the same project was imported.

  1. First, I exported a small project from my Aperture 2 library.
  2. I launched a new test Aperture library and imported the project.
  3. I checked to make sure that it was imported into the Aperture library, and not referenced. All looked good.
  4. Back to my original library, I made some editing adjustments to one photo in the project, then exported the project as a new name.
  5. Launched my test library and imported the 2nd project. It imported as a brand new project, with no notations of duplicated data.
  6. I thought maybe it was due to the different project name, so I went back to my main library, and exported the project as the original name.
  7. In my test library, I imported the 3rd project, and it added it as a new project with (1) in the project name, again with no indication of duplicated files.

So, this means that if you like to work on projects on different computers, you will have to be careful with importing. I was sort of expecting (hoping) Aperture would “merge” the two projects together, updating any editing adjustments or meta data to all the files, instead of creating a new project all together.

Aperture 2 Open Projects in Multiple Tabs

October 21, 2008 by debbie T | Aperture 2Art and GraphicsDigital PhotographyMac Software

Oh I love this, and I just found it by accident.

I had an open project, and noticed that somehow there was a tab at the top of my browser workspace. hmm, how did that get there?

I Googled “aperture 2 multiple tabs” and found out that you can command + click on a project to open it in a tab.

I am constantly switching from one project to another, and it’s annoying to keep switching from the meta or adjustments to project mode to choose a new project.

This will be so much more efficient to have all the projects I need open at once. Yeah, I suppose I will still have to click the tab to switch the project, but it’s still quicker than switching to projects mode, then scrolling to find my project.


  1. Inside Aperture: Opening Multiple Projects
  2. Safari Books Online (Preview)