Winding up the three part series on Aperture books, today’s post looks at the capabilities to use Maps and geographic information inside of your books.
If you missed the first two videos, you can see the videos for an introduction to Aperture Books and customizing Aperture Boooks. Part three takes a look at using maps in your books, though how useful they are depends upon your own needs.
Only two of the available book layouts support the Maps modules – Photo Essay and Photo Journal. The maps are attractive in an older style of travel, much like those on Indiana Jones movies to show how he moved from one location to another.
If you’re leaping from one country to the next, or even state to state, the maps work fairly well. The problem lies when you want to zoom into a city or other geographic area less than a 100 mile radius. Aperture maps inside of the books just won’t zoom that far, leaving you with a lot of clutter for images that appear in a smaller radius.
You can use embedded geographic information from your camera, or use Aperture’s Places feature to drag and drop your photos on a map to assign geodata to the images. The video shows you how to check for GPS metadata and select photos using longitude or latitude for your book projects.
All of the features shown in the previous videos still apply to books with Maps, though now you also have the ability to construct your own pages using Map Boxes, just as you can use Photo or Text boxes on your page layouts.
Are the maps useful in your photo books? I think that is a personal call, but it also depends upon the geographic range of your photo locations. If your locations are either too close to zoom or too far away from each other, the maps may just turn out to be a mess.