Aperture has no way to recognize the the numbers by automatic image processing. Are there any tags to your images, that Aperture can recognize, for example captions? Or are images of the same horses related by the capture ime, so that you could create smart albums containing the images of the same horse? Then you could tag all images of a horse at once with the same keyword.
I have 3 other photographers shooting and we shoot on various parts of the course so any photos of the same runner will be buried in the 4500 pics I have to edit. Impossible to find them for all 1200 runners. That's why I want to keyword them quickly and be able to sort by keywords. Thanks for the reply.
Miss Mary Mac,
I hope what Leonie said is obvious: There's no way for Aperture to figure out what a bib number is. So you're going to have to enter 'em manually.
But it may be much easier than you expect. When I go through hundreds of photos after a wedding, I keyword them like you're doing. Try the following.
- In the Inspector, go to the Info tab, and select "Caption & Keywords" (or any display option that includes the Keywords field).
- Go to the first picture in a project.
- Click into the Keyword field.
- Look at the picture so you can see the bib number, then type the bib number that you see. Remember, in the previous step, you put the insertion point into the Keywords field so your typing will appear there. Helps a HUGE amount if you're a touch typist.
- Now type Command-rightarrow to go to the next photo.
- Lather, rinse, repeat.
The trick here is quite simple: After step 4, don't click anywhere and don't hit the Enter key. So long as you don't click anywhere or hit Enter, the insertion point will stay in the Keywords field. Switching to the next photo doesn't take the insertion point out of that field.
So you basically type a keyword, then Cmd-rightarrow to go to next picture, type keyword, type Cmd-rightarrow, etc. No mouse clicks AT ALL.