Week 52: Chicago (typeface), VSCO Cam presets, and Aperture tip

Apple's Chicago Typeface

Remember Chicago? The typeface used by Apple during the 80's and 90's as the main user interface font?


If you're feeling a bit of nostalgia, there's a fairly easy way to get it onto your brand new Mac and ready to roll under Mavericks. It involves downloading a copy of Apple's System 7 from the Apple website and doing a bit of fiddling with Disk Utility. There are step by step instructions over at Stack Exchange.

New presets for VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam, my favourite photography iPhone app, released a brand new set of presets. At first, I couldn't see them. If the same happens to you, I found that just pulling down to refresh will do the trick.

VSCO Cam was also chosen as the best photo editing app over at The Sweet Setup. It's a great article.

By the way, if you get a connection error when downloading a bundle in VSCO Cam, here's how I got around it.

Quick tip to speed up Aperture

This week I updated my last Aperture library to the latest version. While doing so, I revisited the Preferences and found an option in the Previews section that I don't remember seeing before. It says "Share XML with other applications" and you can set it to Always, When quitting Aperture, or Never.

Apple Aperture preferencesthis support Article that explains it.

Basically, in Aperture 3.5 the way previews are shared has changed. Now they're always available to Apple's apps (iMovie, Safari, Mail, etc.) but for third-party apps to see them you need to share this XML. However, the article states:

If you do not use Aperture media in any third-party applications, setting XML sharing to "Never" in existing libraries is best. This eliminates the need for Aperture to write periodically to an XML file which can cause a spinning wait cursor to appear as you work, or when you quit Aperture.

So set "Share XML with other applications" to "Never" for "better performance and faster quit times".