Inspector Pane

The Inspector pane provides easy access to your library, to image metadata, and to controls for adjusting images. The Inspector pane includes three inspectors: the Library inspector, the Metadata inspector, and the Adjustments inspector. Click the tabs at the top of the Inspector pane to open the inspector you want.

To show the Inspector pane
  • Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press I).

To switch tabs in the Inspector pane
  • Choose View > Inspector > Next Tab (or press W).

Figure. Inspector pane showing the Library inspector.
  • Library tab: Click this tab to open the Library inspector. For information about controls in the Library inspector, see Library Inspector.
  • Metadata tab: Click this tab to open the Metadata inspector. For information about controls in the Metadata inspector, see Metadata Inspector.
  • Adjustments tab: Click this tab to open the Adjustments inspector. For information about controls in the Adjustments inspector, see Adjustments Inspector.

Library Inspector

The Library inspector holds containers—projects, folders, and albums—you can use to organize your images. When you select a project, folder, or album in the Library inspector, the images are displayed in the Browser and Viewer. You can create Smart Albums that automatically find and store images based on search criteria you specify. You can also create webpages (photo galleries and online journals), Light Table arrangements, slideshows, and books, and you can share images with MobileMe, Flickr, and Facebook.

The Library inspector also provides a number of ways to view items in the library. You can use the Library inspector to access Projects view, Photos view, Faces view, Places view, Flagged view, and Photo Stream view. You can also view items moved to the Aperture Trash. To learn more about using the Library inspector, see Working with the Aperture Library.

The Import pane and the Vault pane are also displayed in the Library inspector. For more information, see Import Pane and Vault Pane.

To display the Library inspector
Do one of the following:
  • Click the Library tab in the Inspector pane (or press Control-P).

  • Press Q.

Figure. Controls in the Library inspector.

Import Pane

The Import pane displays a list of connected cameras, connected card readers, and your computer. To import images into Aperture, you select your computer in the pane or connect a camera or card reader, and the images appear in the Import browser. For more information, see Importing Images.

To display the Import pane
Do one of the following:
  • Choose File > Import > Files (or press Command-I).

  • Click the Import button in the toolbar.

Figure. Import pane.

The Import pane displays the locations from which you can currently import images—your computer and connected cameras or card readers. Select a camera or computer icon and then select images to import in the Import browser.

Vault Pane

The Vault pane lists your backup vaults and their locations. Vaults are usually located on external hard disks.

As you add images to the library, Aperture automatically tracks which managed images have been backed up to your vault. When your vault is up to date, the Vault Status button appears black. When a change to at least one version occurs, such as an adjustment, the Vault Status button appears yellow. When Aperture determines that even a single master has not been backed up, the Vault Status button appears red. You can have Aperture update your vaults whenever you want.

For more information, see Backing Up Your Images.

To display the Vault pane
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Window > Show Vaults (or press Shift-R).

  • Click the Vault Pane button.

Figure. Controls in the Vault pane.
  • Vault disclosure triangle: Click this button to show or hide the location of the vault file.
  • Vault Status button: Click the Vault Status button next to a vault to update the vault. The Vault Status button changes color to indicate the current update status of the vault. Black means the vault is up to date. Yellow means that changes have been made to images that have not been backed up. Red means that images have been added to the library that have not been backed up.
  • Vault Pane button: Click this button to show and hide the Vault pane.
  • Update All Vaults button: Click this button to update all vaults that are online. The Update All Vaults button changes color to indicate the current update status of the vaults. Black means that all vaults are up to date. Yellow means that changes have been made to images that have not been backed up. Red means that images have been added to the library that have not been backed up.

Metadata Inspector

The Metadata inspector displays an image’s caption text, keywords, version number, filename, and file size. You can also view Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) and International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) data associated with an image. EXIF metadata is embedded in an image file by the digital camera and includes camera settings such as shutter speed, date and time, focal length, exposure, metering pattern, and flash information. IPTC information can be embedded in a digital image with most software programs used to edit photos, including Aperture, and can include a caption, the place and date a photo was taken, and copyright information.

In addition to working with IPTC metadata, you can apply color labels, ratings, and flags to an image selection, as well as create custom metadata fields for use in Aperture. You can also view and add location information for use with the Places feature. For more information about controls used in Places view, see Places View.

Note: Location controls are not available in the Metadata pane of the Inspector HUD.

To display the Metadata inspector
Do one of the following:
  • Click the Metadata tab in the Inspector pane (or press Control-D).

  • Press W repeatedly to cycle through the inspectors until you see the Metadata inspector.

Figure. Controls in the Metadata inspector.
  • Camera Info pane: Displays basic camera information for a selected image, basic file information about a selected audio clip, or basic file information about a selected video clip. The Camera Info pane also contains controls for applying color labels, ratings, and flags to images. If an image has an audio attachment, a Play button appears at the bottom of the Camera Info pane. For more information about playing audio attachments, see Viewing and Changing Metadata in the Metadata Inspector and Inspector HUD.
  • Map Pane button: Click this button to open and close the Map pane. The Map pane displays a smaller version of the Places view map with many of the controls found in Places view.

Adjustments Inspector

You can use the controls in the Adjustments inspector to apply, edit, and remove image adjustments. Controls in the Adjustments inspector are grouped according to the type of image adjustment they perform. You can show or hide the controls for an adjustment by clicking its disclosure triangle.

To remove an adjustment from an image, deselect the checkbox for the adjustment. For more information about using adjustment controls, see An Overview of Image Adjustments and Making Image Adjustments.

Tip: Although you can apply initial adjustments using the Adjustments inspector, it’s often more convenient to use the Adjustments pane of the Inspector HUD in Full Screen view. For more information, see Viewing Images in Full Screen View.

To show the Adjustments inspector
Do one of the following:
  • Click the Adjustments tab in the Inspector pane (or press Control-A).

  • Press W repeatedly to cycle through the inspectors until you see the Adjustments inspector.

Figure. Controls in the Adjustments inspector.
  • Histogram: Displays the selected image’s luminance or color channels. The histogram displays a graph of the brightness values in the image, from the blackest point to the whitest point. You can adjust the histogram to show luminance; red, green, and blue (RGB) channels displayed together; or separate red, green, and blue channels.
  • Reset button: Click the Reset button for an adjustment to reset the controls to their default settings.
  • Adjustments: Click the disclosure triangle for an adjustment to view its controls. Select the checkbox for an adjustment to apply changes using the adjustment controls.