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Apple on Tuesday released the next major update to its photo editing and management software, with Aperture 3 sporting over 200 new features, including Faces, Places and Brushes for $199 new, or $99 to upgrade.

Expanding on the Faces and Places features first introduced in iPhoto '09, Aperture 3 is said to make it easier and faster for users to organize large photo libraries. An exhaustive list of the many new features is available on Apple's Web site.

"Millions of people love using iPhoto to organize, edit and share their digital photos," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Aperture 3 is designed for both professionals who edit and manage massive libraries of photos and iPhoto users who want to take their photos further with easy-to-use tools such as Brushes and Adjustment Presets."

Aperture 3 introduces new tools to refine photos, including Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of a photo, and Adjustment Presets for applying professional photo effects with just one click. New slideshows let users share their work by weaving together photos, audio, text and HD video.

"Aperture 3 gets it right," said National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson. "The image editing tools are exactly what I have been asking for, they're so easy to use and give me a level of control that I never even thought possible."

The new software carries a suggested retail price of $199, while the upgrade price runs $99. A 30-day trial is also available. Aperture 3 runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Macs with Intel Core 2 Duo processors.



"I chose Aperture because it was the most powerful archiving application around, but it's now an unbelievable imaging tool as well," said Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. "I am beyond impressed with the massive changes made in Aperture 3."

The latest version allows users to organize large photo libraries with even more flexibility using Projects and the new Faces and Places. Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organize photos by the people in them. Faces can be viewed across an entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organization process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven't yet been named.



Places allows users to explore photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverse geocodes GPS data into user-friendly locations. In Aperture 3, locations can be assigned by dragging-and-dropping photos onto a map or by using location information from GPS enabled cameras, tracking devices or iPhone photos.



The new Brushes feature allows users to add professional touches to photos by simply painting effects onto the image. Aperture 3 includes 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks like Dodge, Burn, Polarize and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks. Brushes can automatically detect edges in images to allow users to apply or remove effects exactly where they want them. Aperture 3 includes dozens of Adjustment Presets that apply a specific style or look to the entire image with just a click. Custom presets can be created, or explore the techniques of other photographers by importing theirs.



Aperture 3's slideshows allow users to select one of six Apple designed themes or choose your own transitions, background, borders and titles, and even add a custom soundtrack. Slideshows can be exported directly to iTunes to take on the go with an iPhone or iPod touch. Photographs can also be shared as prints, or create custom-designed hardcover books and publish to online photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr, right from the application.
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Excellent update!!! And the apple store is down!!!
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Excellent update!!! And the apple store is down!!!

Down for me as well. Somethings up.
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Finally!!!

Up next, Final Cut Pro 64-bit.
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Odd.... No sign of Aperture 3 on Apple.com so far... Where did you guys get this info from? Did Apple send you the press release early or something?

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Aperture 2 is still up on Apple.com, too.
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Apple on Tuesday released the next major update to its photo editing and management software, with Aperture 3 sporting over 200 new features, including Faces, Places and Brushes.

"Aperture 3 gets it right," said National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson. "The image editing tools are exactly what I have been asking for, they're so easy to use and give me a level of control that I never even thought possible.…"

"I chose Aperture because it was the most powerful archiving application around, but it's now an unbelievable imaging tool as well," said Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. "I am beyond impressed with the massive changes made in Aperture 3."

Can't get a better recommendation from the likes of National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson.*

And Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. is no slouch either.

*http://photography.nationalgeographi...im-richardson/

I would imagine that it will be available when the store gets back on. That and I'll bet a couple of other major upgrades coming.
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64-bit... nice. Is it Cocoa throughout?

The redesigned toolbars, sliders, buttons and larger fonts are welcome.
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Finally!!!

Up next, Final Cut Pro 64-bit.

As nice as that would be, I doubt it. They only came out with the latest version a few months ago.
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I hope they bring the printing stuff from Aperture to iPhoto - iPhoto's printing is atrocious.
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I just jizzed in my pants...
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As I've recently bought a fancy DSLR (well, technically it's not a DSLR as it's a Micro 4/3rds Lumix GH1), I'm now wondering if I should upgrade iPhoto to Aperture 3.

I have an ancient copy of Photoshop that I find a bit of a pain for retouching (usually removing things from photos, or stitching panoramas), and iPhoto for all the basic stuff.

So, what benefit would Aperture 3 give me as a fairly new and inexperienced hobbyist photographer?
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I wish Apple would make Aperture an alternative to Adobe's Photoshop. I have problems with CS4 crashing on a lean Mac Pro with 10 gigs of ram. Adobe is not the company it was in the 90's when it comes to Mac support and development and someone needs to challenge their monopoly of photo editing, desktop publishing and website authoring software. I will be taking a serious look at Aperture 3.
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FINALLY!

It looks pretty good too... doesn't seem to be a noise-ninja-ish feature, which I was hoping for, but I'm intrigued by the brushes. Can't want to get it installed and play.
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post #14 of 147
Well I'm glad I didn't give up the faith.

And those rumors of new Aperture "X" books in the Spring turned out to be true.

This really is the major update I was hoping for. Couldn't be happier!
post #15 of 147
This looks good, but I am curious, I currently use Adobe Lightroom... is there any reason Aperture would be a better alternative?
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Basically it's quite useless since it wants to be an image database first and image editing program (and not a good one at it) second.

You can't do anything to an image until you first "import" it, into stupid proprietary DB. Thanks, but no thanks. I like keeping my images on the filesystem, organized in folders with perhaps spotlight comments if I really care. With OS X it's so trivial to get to an image you want to edit anyway.

And when it comes to actual image editing, Lightroom and Photoshop combo is better, but for Nikon dSLRs, CaptureNX still produces the best RAW conversion of any of them.

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I wish Apple would make Aperture an alternative to Adobe's Photoshop. I have problems with CS4 crashing on a lean Mac Pro with 10 gigs of ram. Adobe is not the company it was in the 90's when it comes to Mac support and development and someone needs to challenge their monopoly of photo editing, desktop publishing and website authoring software. I will be taking a serious look at Aperture 3.

Not that this will help solve your Photoshop crashing problem, but I'm running Photoshop CS4 on a late-'07 iMac 2.4GHz Core2Duo with 4GB of RAM and a 1.5TB 7200 RPM HDD and it runs flawlessly. OS is the latest version of SL. Obviously, there are other variables, but I don't find anything wrong with the program.
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And when it comes to actual image editing, Lightroom and Photoshop combo is better, but for Nikon software CaptureNX still produces the best RAW conversion of any of them.

Has Nikon update Capture NX yet? I haven't been able to use mine since I upgraded to SL. They kept promising December '09 and every time I checked, it hadn't been updated yet.
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Basically it's quite useless since it wants to be an image database first and image editing program (and not a good one at it) second.

You can't do anything to an image until you first "import" it, into stupid proprietary DB. Thanks, but no thanks. I like keeping my images on the filesystem, organized in folders with perhaps spotlight comments if I really care. With OS X it's so trivial to get to an image you want to edit anyway.

Same as Lightroom. Or do you not like Lightroom for the same reason? Because professional photogs love this style of product.
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As I've recently bought a fancy DSLR (well, technically it's not a DSLR as it's a Micro 4/3rds Lumix GH1), I'm now wondering if I should upgrade iPhoto to Aperture 3.

I have an ancient copy of Photoshop that I find a bit of a pain for retouching (usually removing things from photos, or stitching panoramas), and iPhoto for all the basic stuff.

So, what benefit would Aperture 3 give me as a fairly new and inexperienced hobbyist photographer?

I'll buy you a copy of Aperture 3 if you give me your GH1..
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I wish Apple would make Aperture an alternative to Adobe's Photoshop.

Or perhaps buy some company with a competing product and position that as Apple's "photoshop" that way you can use it with iphone, aperture or independently. same for Illustrator

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post #22 of 147
Mario,
appears you've not used Aperture for more than a couple of minutes, which is a shame as it's more capable than you seem to think.

Aperture gives you the option of importing the images into the database - or you can simply leave the master images where they are already - it's an option in the import area.

Again, for image editing, yes you can use the built-in editor if you like - however just like Lightroom you can externally edit your images with either Photoshop or the multitude of other external plugins.
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Odd.... No sign of Aperture 3 on Apple.com so far.


if you go to the Aperture page it is v3, the store will likely be up shortly.

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Has Nikon update Capture NX yet? I haven't been able to use mine since I upgraded to SL. They kept promising December '09 and every time I checked, it hadn't been updated yet.

Yes, they have:

http://support.nikontech.com/app/ans...d/116678/sno/1

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OK - i guess I'd consider myself an "advanced amateur" photographer/photoshop-er and am still not certain what I gain in Aperture 3 over my current iPhoto library. Has anyone made a "faq" about switching yet? After all - it's been out almost an hour now! <grin>

And...how easy it to import my nearly 11K images into Aperture 3 (or do I need to import them at all - can it access my existing iPhoto library?)

So many questions...

Thanks

Adam
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As nice as that would be, I doubt it. They only came out with the latest version a few months ago.

Logic Studio Pro 9 came out around the same time as FCP and has already been updated to 64 bit so it is plausable that FCP 64 would be up soon.
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Logic Studio Pro 9 came out around the same time as FCP and has already been updated to 64 bit so it is plausable that FCP 64 would be up soon.

Well, if we're only talking about going to 64-bit then I guess it plausible. I, however, would like to see them update the UI already, among other things.
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OK - i guess I'd consider myself an "advanced amateur" photographer/photoshop-er and am still not certain what I gain in Aperture 3 over my current iPhoto library. Has anyone made a "faq" about switching yet? After all - it's been out almost an hour now! <grin>

And...how easy it to import my nearly 11K images into Aperture 3 (or do I need to import them at all - can it access my existing iPhoto library?)

So many questions...

Thanks

Adam


You can import any or all copies of the iPhoto Library into Aperture without trouble, the iPhoto versions will be untouched.

Importing pictures into Aperture is necessary because changes are undo-able, and the original version (copy) can be viewed at any time to compare, revise and revert.

I like Aperture because of the excellent controls it has and doesn't have such a steep learning curve like Photoshop has. With Photoshop, you have to keep your skills up, with Aperture you can use it and leave it and then come back again with little trouble using it and decide to undo all your latest changes.

Download the Demo and give it a shot, the filters for adjusting the background, colors etc are great, makes your pictures look way better then the originals. Just watch you don't over correct to a fault, blow the photo's up full screen and use a high definition monitor.

If you need to make big changes to photo's you might be better off using Photoshop, Aperture is more like a photographers tool to make photo adjustments and corrections.
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Anyone know if it's in stores yet?
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As I've recently bought a fancy DSLR (well, technically it's not a DSLR as it's a Micro 4/3rds Lumix GH1), I'm now wondering if I should upgrade iPhoto to Aperture 3.

I have an ancient copy of Photoshop that I find a bit of a pain for retouching (usually removing things from photos, or stitching panoramas), and iPhoto for all the basic stuff.

So, what benefit would Aperture 3 give me as a fairly new and inexperienced hobbyist photographer?

if you find iphoto's touch up features lacking, you might want to give pixelmator a try. there's a free trial, and if you like it.. it's $60 bucks.. I think I got my copy as part of a macheist (or similar) bundle...

it's NOT photoshop so you'll want to keep that around for heavy lifting

if you're not sure about A3, hold off until the reviews come.. i'm sure there will be plenty in the coming weeks.
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As I've recently bought a fancy DSLR (well, technically it's not a DSLR as it's a Micro 4/3rds Lumix GH1), I'm now wondering if I should upgrade iPhoto to Aperture 3.

I have an ancient copy of Photoshop that I find a bit of a pain for retouching (usually removing things from photos, or stitching panoramas), and iPhoto for all the basic stuff.

So, what benefit would Aperture 3 give me as a fairly new and inexperienced hobbyist photographer?

Just remember that OSX (that means including Preview, iPhoto and Aperture) does not yet support RAW for the Lumix G cameras. So you are OK if you stay with .jpg.

Whilst I have Aperture 2, I rarely use it. I guess I need to get trained up to figure out whether it can improve my workflow. The neat thing is that it can access your iPhoto library. To be honest iPhoto is more than a match for most of my very amateur needs.

I'm not a Photoshop user either, but I do have Acorn- http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/ - which solves most of my humble needs. If you are cash strapped, you might try Acorn (there is a free version) and stay with iPhoto for image library management.

Stupid fool that I am, I will undoubtedly upgrade to Aperture 3.
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Awesome! It's about time!

I wonder if any of my local Apple stores are open - this will be a great toy to play with as it looks like we are going to get snowed in again tonight and tomorrow.
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Not to be a cheapskate... but how is it iWork for iPad is only worth $10/app ($30 total) and Aperture 3 is $199? I suppose M$ does not have a near monopoly on photo software to break.
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So, what benefit would Aperture 3 give me as a fairly new and inexperienced hobbyist photographer?

First, Aperture is primarily a tool to manage camera RAW files. Since you have a DSLR, I would encourage you to shoot RAW - it's like a digital negative - it's literally the RAW data from the sensor. With software like Aperture or Adobe Lightroom processing RAW files is automated and they provide essential organization.

Between Aperture and NIK softwares excellent plug-ins, I rarely go beyond Aperture for my photo editing needs. I wouldn't use a DSLR without it.

Adobe and Apple both offer trials - I would download each program and try them out. I hated lightroom and really liked the feel of Aperture, but everyone is different. With either program, just be prepared to spend a little time learning how to make the most of them - but you will be rewarded, esp. if you start shooting in any kind of volume - either program will save you lots of time and keep you much better organized.
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store back up, still the same old core 2 duo MBP for $2000
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And the ultimate irony - Apple shipped first

Should be fun watching all those who jumped to lightroom because of the lightroom 3 beta
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Awesome! It's about time!

I wonder if any of my local Apple stores are open - this will be a great toy to play with as it looks like we are going to get snowed in again tonight and tomorrow.

You could download the 30-day free trial in the meantime.
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You can't do anything to an image until you first "import" it, into stupid proprietary DB. Thanks, but no thanks. I like keeping my images on the filesystem, organized in folders with perhaps spotlight comments if I really care

You might wish to be somewhat familiar with something before you criticize it. Google "Referenced Masters" - it does exactly what you want.

Then again if you think spotlight is adequate you probably don't have the needs to justify a program like Aperture or Lightroom.
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