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Aperture 3 book date hints at January 27th introduction

updated 11:25 pm EST, Tue January 19, 2010

Book set for release early in February

The Dutch photography site has listed a new book for Apple's upcoming Aperture 3 software. The book, written by J.W. Elzenga, is set for release on or after February 15th, leading to speculation that Apple will introduce the software at its media event scheduled for January 27th.

A separate book, Aperture X, was recently spotted on Amazon with a release date of May 26th, although the listing was quickly removed. The book is authored by Ken McMahon and Nik Rawlinson, with a description that included an "Under NDA" warning.

Reports suggest the software may be designed specifically for Snow Leopard, taking advantage of Grand Central and 64-bit architecture. All of the speculation, however, remains unconfirmed. [via Photo Rumors]

by MacNN Staff



  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    make it better, faster, stronger.

    i don't wanna switch gears to lightroom.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and make it support all the camera RAW files that Lightroom does. h***, this could be done now with a camera update! Come on why aren't RAW files from Lumix's cameras supported Apple?

  1. jreades

    Joined: Dec 1969


    About bl**dy time!

    Good grief, how long since Aperture 2? And I second rtbarry: please make it so darned delicious that I don't feel the need to switch to Lightroom. I *want* to like Aperture, but the lack of updates and performance in version 2 has been appalling.

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so what?

    So I can wait 2+ years then for Aperture 4? No thanks. Lost my business after the beta masquerading-as-a-finished-product called Aperture 1.0. The only value in Aperture was as competition to drive development in Lightroom, a product that doesn't feel like an afterthought from the company making it.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why so whiny?

    IMHO, Aperture 1.5 ff (as far as my use has noted) did exactly what it purported to do. If you read the specs, system requirements, and supported cameras, you knew what you were getting into.

    I'm curious, andrewbw, was the your business failure due to crashes in the program, it not living up to its specs, or your inability to demo or research about the application before investing your business in it? How exactly did it fail your business?

    OTOH, I'm excited to see if they'll finally port features like Geo-coding and facial recognition from iPhoto, and if they'll provide easier tools to keep business and personal photos separate.

    BTW, 64-bit is only going to make import/export faster, not rendering of RAWs with specified effects. The latter is taken care of by your graphics card, and that's the one area my aging system needs help with.

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Danviento: I should clarify, "lost my business" not as in I ran a business based on Aperture and it caused the business to fail, but rather my dissatisfaction with the initial release of Aperture caused me to commit my software dollars to Lightroom.

    I agree that Aperture 1.5 corrected many of the original program's sins, but it remained a unwieldy sprawling mess of a program with performance issues on all but the absolute fastest hardware. As well, there were well-documented RAW rendering issues (documented in particular detail by Dave Girard in ArsTechnica's comprehensive original and follow-up reviews) that made Aperture a risky choice for some types of photography.

    With Lightroom, I have a program that works nearly equally well on my laptop for quick review in the field, and on my desktop for major post-processing. The interface better suits my work style (I realize this is a personal preference) and Adobe's active development, public (and private) beta programs, and clear roadmap for future releases has made it a more comfortable choice for me and the elements of my photography that I do make money off of.

    That being said, I will re-state that the market is better served by two competing programs and Apple's recommitment to Aperture after such a long silence can only be positive, although I will never consider using it again.

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