BorderFX: an indispensable add-on

Aperture 3 can be a frustrating beast: on the one hand it offers these amazing tools to work with; on the other… it kinda doesn't. Two of the things in Aperture 3 that leave me wanting? Watermarking and export sharpening.

I can't for the life of me understand why watermarking in Aperture is so flimsy. It's there but offers very little control, relies on image files only and scales pretty horribly. Plus, you never really know how it's going to turn out - which pretty much defeats the whole purpose imho. As for export sharpening: it doesn't exist. Period. Big omission in my book.

to the rescue

BorderFX has been around for awhile but it's come into its own beautifully. It also does a lot more than just borders:

  • Add borders.

  • Add Titles, Copyright & Metadata.

  • Add a Watermark to your images.

  • Save images back into the Aperture Library, using the BorderFX Edit plugin.

  • Position text anywhere on the photo.

  • Add any number of text boxes to the photo.

  • Support for ColorSync and ICC profiles.

  • Aperture 3, 64-bit support.

What this doesn't say is that it also does edge sharpening. And resizing. And custom presets. And offers tons of control. You get the picture. Here are some screenshots:

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Bottom line: I now use this as my main export tool for pretty much everything I need in electronic form - from this blog to client galleries. And I use the edit plugin to prepare images for my iPad portfolio.

BorderFX is free but donations are appreciated. Believe me, you can't go wrong with this one.