The current 1.0.3 release of Annoture is not compatible with Aperture 2.x nor Aperture 3.x. You can try downloading the latest pre-release of Annoture 1.0.4, which has preliminary Aperture 2.0 compatibility here. Furthermore, development of Annoture has ceased.
Annoture is a metadata bridging solution for Aperture and iView MediaPro! With Annoture, you’re just a click away from sharing metadata between these two popular image management and cataloguing applications. Spend more time working with your decisive moments than worrying about double-entry and incomplete metadata!
Annoture lets you transfer annotations from iView MediaPro catalogs to Aperture projects and albums and back. This two-way transfer of IPTC and metadata information means you are not tied to any one application for your image management and workflow needs.
- System Requirements
- IPTC Fields
- Version History
The current version of Annoture is 1.0.3.
Download Annoture here! Fully functional! The unregistered version will occasionally remind you to register. Also, all images in Aperture that are processed will have a custom tag added with the value “Annotated with Annoture!” You can remove these alerts and tags with the full version after buying/entering a serial number.
Annoture copies annotations from iView MediaPro media items to image versions contained in Aperture projects, albums, and selection.
When you first launch Annoture, you will be greeted by the following screen:
- Copy To: Choose whether you wish to transfer annotations from iView to Aperture or from Aperture to iView.
- iView Catalog: Select an iView catalog to process.
- Aperture: Select an Aperture Project, Album, or the currently selected images to process.
- Copy: Start copying annotations between iView and Aperture.
Some important points to keep in mind:
Copying To Aperture
In Aperture, image versions are tied to a master image. Annoture matches the filename of media items in iView MediaPro catalogs with the master filename in Aperture. Because of this, Annoture will ensure that all your image versions have the same annotations as your original master copy in iView MediaPro.
Annoture makes it easy to ensure that all your image versions have the same annotations as your original master copy in iView MediaPro!
Copying To iView
Annoture will copy annotations from the first Aperture image version found that has the same master filename as the iView MediaPro media item. Keep this in mind if you have modified the annotations for several image versions in Aperture.
Select Preferences from the Annoture menu to bring up the following dialog box:
- Confirm before copying: Display a confirmation screen before copying annotations.
- Ignore file extensions: Used when copying annotations from iView to Aperture. Aperture allows you to open images to external editors. When resaved back into Aperture, they can have the .psd or .tif file extension. Checking this preference will ensure that the annotations from the iView media item of the same name are copied into these images.
- Overwrite existing annotations: Replace all annotations in the destination image with those of the source image. Use this feature to ensure that your annotations are in sync between your Aperture albums and your iView catalogs. Unchecking this preference means only those fields which are empty will be filled with annotations from the source image.
- Skip empty fields: Do not replace any of the destination’s annotations if the source annotations are empty.
- Ignore already annotated images: Used when copying annotations from iView to Aperture. Annoture will mark when images have been annotated. This preference makes Annoture skip over previously annotated images.
- Compare capture dates: Annoture will compare the capture, creation, or modification dates when comparing files between iView Media Pro and Aperture. This is useful if you are comparing different files sharing the same filename.
- Check for latest version: Annoture will automatically notify you when a newer version is available.
Troubleshooting and FAQ
If you are having problems with Annoture, check the following:
- Annoture is not copying anything!
- Annoture determines matches between iView and Aperture by comparing the filename of the iView media item with the master filename of the Aperture image version. If Annoture says that no matches are found, make sure that the filenames are the same. In the Metadata Inspector, choose General. One of the fields will read File Name. Compare this with the filename in your iView catalog.
- Do you support transferring iView MediaPro Catalog Set information to Aperture?
- Not at this time. This is because there is no corresponding metadata field to represent a catalog set in Aperture.
- I’m running iView 3.1.1 and my annotations are not transferring when copying to an Aperture project or album.
- Upgrade to version 3.1.2 of iView MediaPro. It fixes an AppleScript bug that prevents Annoture from locating media items in iView.
The following IPTC fields are transferred using Annoture. Note the differences in terminology between Aperture and iView Media Pro versions 2.6.4 and 3.0.x.
|iView 2.6.4||iView 3.1.2||Aperture|
|annotation writer||description writer||Writer/Editor|
|event date||date created||DateCreated|
|author title||creator title||BylineTitle|
- 2007-01-04 – Version 1.0.3. Fixed a bug that prevented the Aperture to iView annotation process from starting properly.
- 2007-01-01 – Version 1.0.2. Added version checking, compare dates functionality. Fixed several bugs with comparison routines.
- 2006-10-25 – Version 1.0.1. Fix for localization bug.
- 2006-10-24 – Version 1.0. Support for iView 3.x and Aperture 1.5. Speed improvements when copying from iView to Aperture. German Localization.
- 2005-12-19 – Version 0.9.2 Aperture Library Path is now selected by looking into Aperture’s com.apple.Aperture.plist preferences file
- 2005-12-19 – Version 0.9.1 Fixed problems when an alternate Aperture Library was chosen
- 2005-12-09 – Version 0.9 Public Beta
Thanks to Gary Chapman, Fons Rademakers, Marek Nierychlo, Victor Alexander, Rae Chang, Eric Cheng, Alex King, Randy Lau, and Scott Sanders for their help while developing Annoture.
Questions and comments about Annoture should be directed to annoture-support (at) tow.com.