Apple has just updated Aperture to use Apple’s maps in the application, instead of Google’s version. I really like this update, because I always managed to accidentally zoom in and out with my magic mouse in the old version.

Now we have some wonderful possibilities with your mouse and keyboard modifiers:

  • Scroll around the map using horizontal and vertical scrolling on your mouse (or trackpad), click and drag also works of course, but make sure you drag the map and not one of the pins if you’re in moving-pins mode.
  • Zoom in or out with Shift + scrolling or Shift + dragging, or pinch-in and pinch-out on your trackpad.
  • Command + drag to draw a rectangle — the map zooms to include everything in the rectangle.
  • Double-click to zoom in, Option + Double-click to zoom out.
  • Click a pin to select all photos at that pin; Command + click to select more pins and all their photos.
  • Click a photo to select the pin and move the map so it’s visible; select more photo’s to select and show all related pins.

Right-clicking (or Control-clicking) on the map displays a contextual menu with the following options:

  • Assign photos: all selected photos will be pinned at the clicked location.
  • New place: opens a separate dialog where you can define and name your own place, including exact positions and size of the surrounding area. This place can from now on be found in the search box on the top right, and is displayed as the Location’s name for the photo.
  • Move pins: puts you in moving-pins mode, in which dragging can pick up existing pins and move them. You can close this mode using the Done button of the floating bar that appears on the bottom of the map.

I did not use the new map for large numbers of photos yet, but it feels to me it will be much less of a burden from now on.

In October we went to London for just five days. You can see and do a lot in such short time!

Tower BridgeLiverpool Street StationLondon Eye spokesNight view of Big BenHoa Hakananai'aSt. Paul's cathedralRosetta stoneView from London Eye towards Big Ben and Palace of WestminsterBritish museum courtEros silhouette at Piccadilly CircusVictoria MemorialNight view over the ThamesBig Ben clockThe Lewis ChessmenTower BridgeGuard at Buckingham palaceWestminster bridgeNatural History museum, LondonRay at London AquariumView towards Westminster bridge and palace and Big BenLondon TaxiGherkin reflectionsLondon EyeJellyfish at London AquariumHall of Natural History museumTardisShark at London AquariumWe will rock youRosetta stone close-upThe Shard and City hallGherkinTo StreetMillennium bridge, LondonNight view of London EyeSt. Paul's reflectionThe Fishpool hoard