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Aperture 3.x: Importing and Working with GPS Track File Data

Importing and Working with GPS Track File Data

To begin working with a GPS track file in Places view, you must first import the GPS track file into Aperture.

GPS track points are digital bread crumbs that are used to define a path or route (“track”) using precise coordinates saved by a GPS device or GPS tracking iPhone app. If you have a GPS-enabled camera or iOS device or another GPS device that you use to create track files and save waypoints, you can import the track files into Aperture and work with them in Places view. Each leg and waypoint is displayed in Places view, and you can assign the legs and waypoints to photos. Photos taken with a GPS-enabled camera or iOS device are automatically assigned locations corresponding to waypoints in the track file.

To import a GPS track file

  1. In the Library inspector, select the project into which you want to import the track file, then click the Places button in the toolbar.

  2. In Places view, choose Import GPS Track from the GPS pop-up menu.

  3. In the dialog that appears, navigate to the location of the GPS track file, select it, then click Choose Track File.

The track file is imported into the selected project. The track file appears as a purple line on the map in Places view.

To create a new location based on a waypoint in a GPS track file

Once you have imported the GPS track file into your Aperture project, you can begin working with the GPS track data to create new locations, assign locations to photos, and move location pins.

  1. In the Library inspector, select a project with an imported GPS track file.

  2. In the Browser, select a photo and drag it to a waypoint in Places view.

    A small dialog appears at the bottom of Places view asking if you would like to assign location information to other photos in the project based on time.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To assign photo location information to other photos in the project based on time in the GPS track file: Click Assign Locations.

    • If you don’t want to assign photo location information to other photos in the project: Click Done.

To assign location information from a GPS waypoint to a photo selection

  1. In the Browser, select the photo or photos to which you want to assign location information.

  2. In Places view, Control-click the waypoint whose location information you want to assign to the selected photos, then choose Assign Photos from the shortcut menu.

    The waypoint’s location information is assigned to the photo selection, and a location badge (a red pin) appears at the top of each selected photo in the Browser.

    Moving location pins that correspond to waypoints in a GPS track file works the same way as moving other location pins. For more information about moving location pins, see Changing Photo Locations.

To delete a GPS track file

You can delete a GPS track file at any time. For example, if you have several GPS track files on your computer and you aren’t sure which locations they track, you can import the files individually to see if the track data corresponds to locations in your project. If a GPS track file contains track data that doesn’t match locations in your project, you can delete it.

In Places view, choose Delete Selected Track from the GPS pop-up menu.

Last Modified: Mar 21, 2013
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