Apple APERTURE 2 Installing Your Software
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Installing Your Software

The following information is intended to get you up and running with Aperture as quickly as possible and covers the following topics:

ÂAbout the Aperture Installation Disc (p. 2)

ÂUpgrading Mac OS X (p. 3)

ÂInstalling Aperture (p. 3)

ÂRegistering Aperture (p. 6)

ÂAbout the Aperture Sample Projects (p. 7)

ÂAbout Onscreen Help (p. 7)

ÂContacting AppleCare Support (p. 10)

Make sure to also review the Before You Install Aperture document on the Aperture installation disc. For the latest information about Aperture, go to the Aperture website at

About the Aperture Installation Disc

The Aperture 2 installation disc contains:

ÂBefore You Install Aperture: This document provides system requirements and things to do before you install Aperture and its accompanying content.

ÂAperture installer: Double-clickthe Aperture installer icon to begin the installation process.

ÂDocumentation folder: This folder contains Installing Your Software(a PDF version of this document) and the Aperture User Manual.Open the Aperture User Manualto view other Aperture PDF documentation, including Exploring Apertureand Aperture Keyboard Shortcuts.

ÂSample Projects folder: This folder provides sample projects with images to be viewed in Aperture, as well as a short document containing information about the sample projects.

Note: The installation disc contains the files required to install Aperture 2 on eitherPowerPC-basedorIntel-basedMac computers. The installation process is identical for both.


Upgrading Mac OS X

Before you install Aperture, update your system software to make sure that you have

Mac OS X v10.4.11 Tiger or Mac OS X v10.5.2 Leopard (or later) installed.

Important: You must purchase Mac OS X v10.4. Tiger or Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard if you’re upgrading from an earlier version.

To update Mac OS X v10.4 or Mac OS X v10.5 to the latest available version:

1Choose Apple menu > Software Update.

A dialog appears showing new or updated software available for your computer.

2 Follow the onscreen instructions to update Mac OS X to the latest version.

Installing Aperture

When you install Aperture, the application is placed in the Applications folder on the hard disk you specify, typically your startup disk.

By default, the Aperture installer installs the Aperture application on your hard disk, along with documentation and sample projects to help you get started using the various tools in Aperture for managing, processing, and publishing your photos.

Note: Before you can install Aperture, you must log in to your computer with an administrator account, using the administrator password. See Mac Help for more information.

Warning: If your system does not meet the minimum system requirements, installation of Aperture may not be allowed. Refer to theBefore You Install Aperture document on the installation disc for a list of minimum system requirements.


To install Aperture and enter the serial number:

1 Insert the Aperture installation disc into the computer’s DVD drive.

2 Double-clickthe Aperture installer icon, then follow the onscreen instructions.

3 Read the Welcome text in the Introduction, then click Continue.

4Read the Software License Agreement. You can print or save the agreement by clicking the Print or Save button. When you’ve finished reading, click Continue, then (if you agree) click Agree.

5 Select the startup disk, then click Continue, if necessary.

6In the User Information pane, enter your first and last name. Entering an organization is optional.

Enter your name (required).

Enter your organization (optional).

Enter your serial number including dashes (required).


7In the Serial Number field, enter the Aperture serial number printed on the Software Serial Number label attached to the back of this document, then click Continue.

Following are some tips for entering your serial number correctly:

ÂMake sure you are copying the original serial number that is on the back of this document.

ÂMake sure you enter the software serial number, not the Support ID number.

ÂMake sure you enter a zero and not a letter O, a 1 and not a lowercase L, where appropriate.

ÂInclude dashes in the serial number.

ÂDon’t enter spaces before or after the serial number.

8 Verify that you have typed the serial number correctly.

9Click Install to perform a basic Aperture installation. To customize your Aperture installation, click Customize, specify custom installation options, then click Install.

10A dialog appears requiring you to authenticate yourself by typing your name and password. Click OK when finished.

Note: After three incorrect serial number entries, the Aperture installer quits. To begin the installation process again, return to step 2.

The installer displays a progress bar to indicate the status of the installation.

11When the software installation is complete, click Close.

Once you have installed the software, you are ready to begin using Aperture.