updated 11:01 pm EDT, Tue October 22, 2013
Aperture 3.5 update adds iCloud photo sharing, SmugMug, more
In a notable change, Tuesday's release of Aperture 3.5 lists among many of its changes a switch to Apple Maps for its "Places" feature, dumping Google Maps. The change is just one of a lengthy list of mostly minor changes, but which include support for iCloud photo sharing, multi-contributor Photo Streams, and adding videos to shared streams. In addition, a minor v2.1 update was made to iBooks Author, mostly to make it compatible with the new iBooks for Mac.
Aperture 3.5 now includes integration with SmugMug, support for iOS 7 camera filters applied to photos imported from iOS devices, and improves reliability when adding names to Faces. The update improves reliability of slideshows on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, supports videos up to three minutes long being shared to Flickr, properly syncs captions between Aperture and Facebook for newly-created albums, and improves reliability when printing a light table.
It also tackles several bugs and issues -- among them, a problem that sometimes resulted in Retouch adjustments not being applied to exported images, an issue that could cause the black and white points in Curves to shift incorrectly when using the eyedropper tools, and addresses a bug that could cause Aperture to hang after adjusting a very large panorama. Also fixed was a problem that prevented caption data from being embedded correctly when exporting versions of some RAW files, a flaw that could prevent memory cards or hard disks from ejecting properly after import when clicking the Delete Items button, and an issue that could cause thumbnails to display incorrectly in the iLife Media Browser.
The Aperture update is free for existing 3.x users, and costs $80 in the Mac App Store for new buyers. The iBooks Author update, now at version 2.1, allows users to preview iBook Author projects in iBooks for Mac, fixes a bug that removed enhanced caption tracks from some movies, and includes the usual performance improvements and various bug fixes. The iBooks Author program is free.