4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2013 7:38 AM by dgator007
dgator007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

  I am trying to add significant amounts of text in an Aperture photobook that is essentially an illustrated geneaolgy.  I find that I can cut and paste text that I have written using Word software.  Although it is somewhat erratic, the Aperture photobook program generally accepts the text but sometimes -- for reasons I cannot understand -- it messes up the margins. 

 

If this were a Word issue, I'd speculate that the document was programmed to center all text and, with a long paragraph, that can result in erratic left and right margins.  However, the text that I'm importing into Aperture was not formatted that way in Word before trying to import it into Aperture. So I assume that this is something that Aperture is doing itself, not some problem that I have created in the Word document and then imported into Aperture.

 

Is there any editing function within the Aperture photobook program that allows me to edit the format of text, other than to change the fonts?

 

Also, are some of the templates better than others for a relatively large book that will be 50% text?

 

Finally, if I can be so bold as to ask within this community, are there other on-line publishers that are more suited to this task?  I have used Aperture repeatedly and successfully in primarily photo books with limited text, but this is my first attempt with Aperture for a book that is as much text as it is photos.

 

Thanks to all.

 

David


MacPro
  • 1. Re: Adding text to Photobooks
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,645 points)

    Also, are some of the templates better than others for a relatively large book that will be 50% text?

    None of the predefined templates is really suitable for books with large amounts of text;  the "journal" theme has pages with larger text blocks. The "Photo Essay" theme will give you also pages with only text.

     

    You may need to define a "custom" theme for you specific layout.

     

    Is there any editing function within the Aperture photobook program that allows me to edit the format of text, other than to change the fonts?

    The "Edit > Show Fonts" panel (in "Edit Content" View) is the only one I could find. But it lets you control all aspects of the Text, size, spacing, alignment, centering. Have you tried these options?

     

    Sorry, I never tried to paste Word Text into Aperture Books.

     

    Finally, if I can be so bold as to ask within this community, are there other on-line publishers that are more suited to this task?

    Have a look at the Aperture plug-ins for third-party books:  http://www.apple.com/aperture/resources/third-party-books.html

     

    I have not tried them, but they seem all to produce very high quality books, but  the description is more concerned with the elegant binding and cover than with the page layout.

     

    One question: Do you want to create a printed version of your book or do you want to create an ebook? If it is mainly for onine viewing or for creating a pdf-version, you might prefer to create the book in iBook Author. That has much more advanced layout options for Books with text.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: Adding text to Photobooks
    dgator007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your help.  At the moment, I'm trying to do a photo book, although I'll look at iBook and try the third party plug-ins.

     

    I really appreciate your detailed and helpful response.

     

    Regards

     

    David

  • 3. Re: Adding text to Photobooks
    Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,915 points)

    If you are having trouble with formatting text pasted from Word, try pasting it using "Edit➞Paste and Match Style" (if it is available -- I can't check right now).  (The shortcut is "⌘⇧⌥v".)  Then use only the Aperture Book text formatting tools for formatting text in Aperture books.

     

    Alternatively use Text Edit to write, after setting the Text Edit document to Plain Text (on the Format menu).

  • 4. Re: Adding text to Photobooks
    dgator007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I'll give this a try.

     

    Regards,

     

    David Boyd