Hi folks, I’m back!
I’m digging into the presets installation issue right now. I thought it was addressed in the Aperture 3.3.1 update, but now I’m seeing that it either wasn’t entirely addressed, or isn’t addressed for everyone. I’m currently running a series of tests to try to get more info about it.
In the meantime if you’ve figured out anything good or bad regarding this topic (other than “it still does’t work”), please share your experience in the comments below.
Early reports of this being fixed were unfortunately incorrect; the reports apparently were simply that the presets no longer reported errors on install, but sadly they are still not being imported properly.
If you care to verify that this is in fact an Aperture 3.3 and 3.3.1 issue, and not a Preset Pack issue, you can easily test this yourself. All you have to do is create a preset effect using a painted mask (just add Curves for example and paint that in or out then save it as a preset), export the preset, then import it into a different library (important step), and your mask will be gone.
The good news is, I have a solution. The bad news is, the solution sucks. But it’s the only thing I’ve got. I’m desperately hoping for an update to Aperture in the extremely near future that will address this, but in the event something doesn’t appear, shall we say, by tomorrow (Tuesday), I will post my “solution”.
In the meantime, as before, if anyone who purchased since 3.3 was released would like a refund, just forward me your download email with the request and I’ll process it immediately.