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Apple launches Aperture 3

updated 09:20 am EST, Tue February 9, 2010

Expands with editing, iPhoto '09 features

Apple has released Aperture 3, a major update of the company's photo workflow software. The program is now 64-bit only, and has also been upgraded with several new features, most notably Brushes and Adjustment Presets. The former allow people to "paint" edits onto a photo, making them more precise without having to open a secondary app like Photoshop. There are 15 default Quick Brushes, such as Dodge, Burn, Blur and Polarize.

Adjustment Presets by contrast affect all of an image, applying a collection of parameters. Aside from those included with Aperture, users can create their own or import others.

The program now also includes two components from iPhoto '09, Faces and Places. Both organize photos according to repeating criteria; the former detects people, while Places translates geocoding into more easily searchable terms. When GPS data isn't available, photos can be manually assigned to a particular location.

A new slideshow option in the software incorporates six default themes, and tools for picking custom borders, titles, backgrounds and transitions. Each show can include audio, text and video, and be exported into iTunes for sync with iPhones and iPod touches.

Aperture 3 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later and a Core 2 Duo processor. It is on sale for $199 new, or $99 as an upgrade from a previous version. A 30-day trial copy is a free download.

by MacNN Staff



  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm sure this is appreciated by those who stuck with Aperture -- hopefully it hits some of their wishlist items. Meaningless to me since I found Lightroom to be a much better fit for me, and appreciate its far more aggressive development schedule and public roadmap.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Looks like an awesome upgrade - love the non-destructive effect brushes.
    Anyone get their trial serial # and download link yet?

  1. emig647

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I agree...

    I think this is too little too late. Have they fixed the underlying issues like memory leaks, enapsulated photo library, and performance hog?

    I find lightroom much quicker, easier to work with, and doesn't slow my computer down after use. They've really lost a big crowd, and I think the only way they will get it back is to release Aperture for windows as well.

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I must be dreaming. Course the thing is probably slower than before.

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doubt it, but it would be nice

    if they move away from the monolithic file library and multiple rendered copies of files. Lightroom is really good about keeping things simple.

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lightroom to be a much better fit

    What is your point? Your back-handed review/comments seems meaningless...

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My Photo Editing Mac is a PowerMac G5 lol..

  1. thibaulthalpern

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Monolithic library?

    You know, the Aperture library isn't actually a monolithic library. It's like a package. If you left click on it, it will open up like a folder and you can find individual pictures. Time Machine backs up Aperture libraries well as it only updates the changes and not the entire package.

    I can't wait to get my Aperture 3! I just ordered it.

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Memory Hog

    It is still a memory hog. I have a Mac Pro and I am going to need memory to run it while other applications are open. The Specs for a MacPro is 2Gb minimum...
    Sweet looking brushes. Between Aperture3 and Photoshop CS3, what else can one ask for?
    Lightroom? Nah!

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still Lack Tethering for Newer Cameras

    I was hoping they would update the tethering "architecture" of the product to either support newer cameras like the 5Dmk2 or allow "plug-ins" that would allow the tethering of these "non-standard" cameras.

    Really, I wish Apple would just license the tech/protocol from Canon or Nikon.

    PS - I know Canon includes a dedicated app for tethering. It just adds to the workflow and it's UGLY as sin. CaptureOne looks good, but it's another app and more $$$.

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