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Aperture Assistant and Aperture 3 - The Good, the Bad and the Mildly Ugly

Sun, 2 May, 2010

Aperture Assistant - the Good the Bad and the Mildly Ugly

Aperture 3 has now been out for several months, but Aperture Assistant doesn’t work with it - by design. There are a number of reasons for this, but it’s not going to stay that way...

The Bad

I’ll start with the bad news. The first bit of bad news is that until two weeks ago I’ve not had time to look at updating Aperture Assistant to work with Aperture 3.

The rest of the bad news is how to get information out of Aperture - there are several different ways to do this:

One is AppleScript, Apple’s scripting language, which Aperture supports quite well. Another is to make an app that works ‘within’ Aperture by building an editing or export plugin and making calls to Aperture through the plug-in framework.
A third is to read information directly from the SQLite3 databases that Aperture uses for day to day storage of information.

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