Working with Location Information in Places View

Places view uses Google Maps to plot the locations where your images were shot. For details, see the following sections:

Viewing Image Locations

If you shot your images with a GPS-enabled camera or iPhone, Aperture automatically plots the location of each image on the map in Places view. There are many ways to view an image’s location and the images associated with a location using Places view.

To view the location information for an image or group of images
  1. Do one of the following:

    • To view the image locations for images throughout the library: In the Library inspector, select Places.
      Figure. Places selected in the Library inspector.
    • To view the image locations for images in an item selected in the Library inspector: Select an item in the Library inspector containing images that already have location information assigned to them, then click the Places button in the toolbar.
      Figure. Places button in the toolbar.

    The Aperture main window switches to Places view. Red location pins mark the locations where images or groups of images were shot.

  2. In the Browser, select an image.

    A location label appears above a pin in Places view, indicating the location where the image was shot. The location label indicates the name of the location and the number of images that were captured there.

    Figure. Places view showing an image selected in the Browser and the image's location marked by a pin on the map.
To view the images associated with a location
  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Library inspector, select Places.

      Figure. Places selected in the Library inspector.
    • Select an item in the Library inspector containing images that already have location information assigned to them, then click the Places button in the toolbar.

      Figure. Places button in the toolbar.

    The Aperture main window switches to Places view. Red location pins mark the locations where images or groups of images were shot.

  2. Select a red pin.

The selected pin turns orange, and the image or images associated with the location marked by the orange pin are selected in the Browser.

Figure. Places view showing a location pin selected on the map and the images associated with that location selected in the Browser.

Depending on the zoom setting in Places view, Aperture might use a single pin to represent a group of images shot in close proximity. However, you can view the precise location where each image in the group was shot.

Figure. Places view showing a single location pin representing multiple image locations.
Figure. Places view showing multiple location pins representing individual image locations.
To view the precise location of images represented by the same location pin
Do one of the following:
  • In Places view, click the location arrow on the location label.

    Figure. Location arrow on a pin's location label.

    Places view zooms in to the location of the image group, marking the location of each image with a pin. Some images may remain grouped together in a single location pin if shot in close proximity. Click the location arrow on the location label to zoom in further.

  • In Places view, use the Zoom slider and buttons to zoom in to the location of the image group.

    Figure. Zoom slider and Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons in Places view.

    As you zoom in to the map, locations grouped together in a single pin begin to be marked by their own pins.

  • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, move the scroll wheel up to zoom in, or move the scroll wheel down to zoom out.

    Figure. Mouse scroll zoom box in Places view.

    As you zoom in to the map, locations grouped together in a single pin begin to be marked by their own pins.

  • Command-drag a specific area of the map.

    The map zooms in to the area indicated by the selection rectangle.

    Figure. Command-drag zoom box in Places view.

As you zoom in to the map, you may need to reposition it.

To reposition the map in Places view
Do one of the following:
  • Move the map by dragging it.

  • Drag the box in the Overview Map pane, which appears in the bottom-right corner of Places view.

    Figure. Controls in the Overview Map pane in Places view.

You can open and close the Overview Map pane, depending on your preference.

To open and close the Overview Map pane
  • Click the Overview Map Pane button.

    Figure. Controls in the Overview Map pane in Places view.
To view all images in the Aperture library that have location assignments
  1. In the Library inspector, select Places.

    Places view appears, with red pins representing images that have location assignments.

    Figure. Aperture main window showing Places selected in the Library inspector and the Places view map appearing on the right.
  2. Zoom in to a specific location by doing one of the following:

    • Choose a location from one of the Places Path Navigator pop-up menus at the top of Places view.

      Figure. Places Path Navigator in Places view.

      Aperture repositions the map to display the selected location.

    • In Places view, use the Zoom slider and buttons to zoom in to the location of an image group.

      Figure. Zoom slider and Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons in Places view.

      As you zoom in to the map, image locations grouped together in a single pin begin to be marked by their own pins.

    • If your mouse has a scroll wheel, position the pointer over a pin that represents the location of a group of images, then move the scroll wheel up to zoom in to the map.

      Figure. Mouse scroll zoom box in Places view.

      As you zoom in to the map, image locations grouped together in a single pin begin to be marked by their own pins. As you zoom out of the map, image locations marked by individual pins are consolidated into fewer pins as they get closer together.

Changing the Map View

There are three different map views you can use within Places view:

  • Satellite view: This view shows the map as satellite imagery.
  • Road view: This view shows the map with a traditional depiction of roads, parks, borders, bodies of water, and more.
  • Terrain view: This view displays a topographical map with physical elevations as shaded relief along with elevation lines.
    Figure. Map view buttons in Places view.
To switch to the Satellite view within Places view
  • Click the Satellite button.

    Select the Show Labels checkbox, which appears when the Satellite button is clicked, to view street names and other information.

To switch to the Road view within Places view
  • Click the Road button.

To switch to the Terrain view within Places view
  • Click the Terrain button.

Adding Locations to Images

You don’t need a GPS-enabled camera or iPhone to use Places. Adding location information in Places view is as simple as dragging images from the Browser to the area on the Places view map where they were shot. Another option is to enter a specific location in the search field in Places view, select a location from the Google Results list that appears below the search field, and then click the Assign Location button. You can also designate a large geographical area, such as a city or national park, as a location and assign this general location to images.

To manually assign locations to images in the Browser
  1. Select an item in the Library inspector containing images to which you want to assign location information.

  2. Click the Places button in the toolbar.

    Figure. Places button in the toolbar.

    The Aperture main window switches to Places view. Red pins mark the locations where images that already have location information were shot.

  3. Position the map in Places view to display the location you want to assign to the images by dragging and zooming in to the map.

  4. In the Browser, select an image or group of images, then drag the image selection to the appropriate location on the map in Places view.

    A purple pin with a location label appears, marking the location where the image or image group was shot. The location label indicates the name of the location and the number of images that were captured there.

    A dialog also appears at the bottom of Places view, informing you that you can move the pin to change the location assigned to all photos associated with the pin.

    Figure. Places view showing the purple pin and location label that appear when an image selection is dragged to a location on the map.
  5. Click Done.

The purple pin turns red, indicating that the location you specified has been assigned to the selected images, and a location badge (a red pin) appears over the thumbnail images in the Browser.

Figure. Location badge on a thumbnail image in the Browser indicating that location information has been assigned to the image.

Sometimes it’s easier to search for a location and then assign it to an image selection.

To search for a location and assign it to an image selection
  1. Select an item in the Library inspector containing images to which you want to assign location information.

  2. If the main window is not in Places view, click the Places button in the toolbar.

    Figure. Places button in the toolbar.

    The Aperture main window switches to Places view. Red pins mark the locations where images that already have location information were shot.

  3. In the Browser, select the images to which you want to assign a location.

  4. Choose Metadata > Assign Location.

  5. In the dialog that appears, enter the location you want to search for in the search field. For example, you can enter a city name or an address.

    Locations whose names match the text you entered are listed below the search field.

  6. Select the appropriate location in the search results list.

    A location is plotted on the map with a purple circle surrounding it. The purple circle is used to determine the geographical area encompassed by the location.

  7. If you wish, enter a custom name for the location, such as “Our backyard,” in the Place Name field.

  8. Drag the resize handles on the right side of the purple circle to change the area assigned to the location.

    Figure. Assign Location dialog showing the purple circle used to change the area assigned to the location.
  9. When you are satisfied with the area assigned to the location, click the Assign button.

A red pin appears on the map in Places view, with a location label indicating the name of the location and the number of photos it’s assigned to. A purple circle indicates the area the location covers. A red location badge appears over the selected thumbnail images in the Browser, indicating that a location has been assigned.

If you have photos imported from a GPS-enabled iPhone, you can use the GPS data from the photos to automatically assign location information to them.

To assign location information to images shot with a GPS-enabled iPhone
  1. In the Library inspector, select a project containing photos captured with a GPS-enabled iPhone.

  2. In Places view, choose “Import GPS from iPhone Photos” from the GPS pop-up menu.

    Figure. GPS pop-up menu in Places view.
  3. In the dialog that appears, select the images to which you want to assign location information, then click OK.

    Aperture displays waypoints for the images in Places view.

  4. In the Browser, drag an image to a waypoint in Places view to assign location information to it.

Changing Image Locations

If you’ve assigned an incorrect location to photos, it’s easy to change their location information. There are three methods for reassigning image locations:

  • To change the location assignment for all photos associated with a location: You can move the location pin in Places view.
  • To change the location assignment for a subset of images associated with a location: You can reassign the location for the image subset using the Assign Location dialog.
  • To change the location assignment for a single image: You can reassign the location for the image using the Map pane of the Metadata inspector. For more information, see Modifying Location Information Using the Metadata Inspector.
To move a pin, changing the location for all images with that location assignment
  1. Do one of the following:

    • In the Library inspector, select Places.

    • Select the item in the Library inspector containing the images whose location you want to change, then click the Places button in the toolbar.

  2. In Places view, click the Move Pins button.

    The location pins on the Places view map turn purple, indicating that they can be moved.

  3. Drag the incorrectly placed pin to the correct location, then click Done in the dialog that appears at the bottom of Places view.

The location pin is moved to its new location, and the location information is changed for all images associated with the original location.

To change the location assignment for an image selection
  1. In the Browser, select the images whose location information you want to change.

  2. Choose Metadata > Assign Location.

  3. In the dialog that appears, enter the new location you want to assign in the search field.

    Locations whose names match the text you entered are listed below the search field.

  4. Select the appropriate location in the search results list.

    A location is plotted on the map with a purple circle surrounding it. The purple circle is used to determine the geographical area encompassed by the location.

  5. Adjust the area covered by the location as necessary by dragging the resize handles on the right side of the purple circle.

  6. When you are satisfied with the location and the area assigned to it, click the Assign button.

The location assignment for the selected images changes to the new location. A red pin appears on the map in Places view, with a location label indicating the location name and the number of photos it’s assigned to. A purple circle indicates the area the location covers.

Searching for Locations

As you assign locations to the images in the Aperture library, the list of locations quickly grows. Although you may have shot images all over the world, you can quickly find the locations where images were shot using the search field in Places view.

To quickly find locations
  1. In the Library inspector, select Places.

    The Aperture main window switches to Places view.

  2. Enter the location you want to find in the Places view search field.

    Locations you’ve assigned whose names match the text entered in the search field appear at the top of the search results list. Additional results located by Google appear in the Google Results section at the bottom of the list.

    Figure. Places view showing information entered in the search field and a location selected in the search results list.
  3. Select the correct location in the list that appears below the search field.

    The location pin for the location you selected appears in Places view.

You can also search for images with location information assigned to them using the Smart Settings HUD and the Filter HUD. For more information, see Searching by Place.

Removing Locations

If you have assigned a location to an image or group of images by mistake, you can remove it.

To remove location information from an image or group of images
  1. Do one of the following:

    • To remove a location assignment from all images associated with a location: In Places view, select the location pin.
    • To remove a location assignment from a subset of images associated with a location: In the Browser, select the images whose location information you want to remove.
  2. In Places view, choose Remove Locations from the Places Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon).

If you selected a location pin, the location is removed from all images associated with the pin. If you selected images in the Browser, the location information is removed from the selected images.

Note: You can also remove location information from images using the Map pane of the Metadata inspector. For more information, see Removing Location Information Using the Metadata Inspector.