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.