updated 06:30 pm EDT, Wed July 13, 2011
Trimming audio in full screen crash bug addressed
Apple today released a significant bugfix update to their pro-photography management program Aperture, bringing it up to version 3.1.3 and addressing numerous issues, ranging from increasing reliability and performance when syncing web-published albums to improving stability when browsing video clips. Gesture support, a new Web section of the Projects Inspector and foreign character input are among the many improvements.
Slideshow exports are now handled as a background operation, and the reliability of library repair and rebuild operations has been improved. Gesture support can now be enabled or disabled in preferences, and the crop tool can now use gestures to define crop size.
The update fixes two serious issues: an issue where a blank page would display when trying to place a book or print order, and a fix for an issue that would cause Aperture to quit while trimming audio in full-screen mode. Related to audio editing, metadata presets on imported audio files are now correctly applied.
A new Web section in the Projects Inspector now shows published MobileMe, Flickr and Facebook albums, and shift-clicking now works to select continuous selections on the Faces corkboard. Overall stability and performance have been enhanced, and Aperture now automatically rebuilds thumbnails after a library has been restored using Time Machine.
A technote from Apple addresses the full list of changes, which includes fixes for a rare problem that would prevent imports from the iPhone 4 from completing and an issue that caused Olympus E-5 image thumbnails to have a black border around them. Improvements have been made to multi-touch gestures (including using "pinch to zoom" to resize thumbnails), such as using a gesture to rotate images in the Viewer. Various issues with Faces and Places have also been resolved, and many other minor issues.
The update is 292.02MB in size and requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later, and is recommended for all users of Aperture 3. The update is available from the support website or directly through Software Update or the Mac App Store.