updated 01:00 pm EST, Fri February 15, 2008
Aperture 2 free trial
Apple has released a free trial of Aperture 2, the latest release of its professional post production photography software for Mac OS X. The trial is a fully functional version of Aperture that photographers can use and experiment with, according to Apple, including all the features available in a licensed copy. The trial expires 30 days after it is first launched. The Cupertino-based company released Aperture 2.0 earlier this week, adding a new sleeker interface that allows users to flip between Browser and Viewer modes with a single keystroke.
Users interested in receiving the free trial first need to read and agree to Apple's participation terms and fill out a form, after which the company will email a serial number to activate the software for the full length of the trial. The trial does not include sample images, but users can acquire both when placing an order by selecting the 'retail box' option.
The Aperture 2.0 free trial requires an Intel-based Mac or a qualified PowerPC system to run, and Apple is encouraging users to download/run the Compatibility Checker to verify that a particular system supports Aperture 2.
Apple also notes that free trial versions of the application cannot be updated, as this is restricted to purchased versions of Aperture only.