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Universal version of company's professional photography software delivers improved RAW quality, better performance, and a new lower price.

Apple today released Aperture 1.1, a significant update to its all-in-one post production tool for photographers. The Universal update, delayed from last month's expected release, runs natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs and features dramatically improved RAW image rendering and a new set of advanced RAW adjustment controls. Aperture 1.1 also delivers impressive speed gains on any Mac including desktop-like performance on a MacBook Pro with image adjustments and searching up to 4 times faster, according to Apple. Apple also announced that it has reduced the price to $299 so as to put it "within reach of anyone shooting with a digital SLR camera."

"Since Aperture launched just over four months ago, we've been incredibly focused on improving image quality and performance, working closely with pro photographers to get it right in 1.1," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Marketing. "With the RAW quality and overall speed of Aperture 1.1 and its new low price, there's never been a better time for pros and hobbyists alike to take the art and craft of photography to the next level."

Apple said that RAW image rendering in Aperture 1.1 is greatly improved in areas such as noise reduction, sharpening, and highlight recovery. Version 1.1 features new RAW Fine Tuning controls to allow photographers to tweak decode settings such as boost, sharpening and chroma blur. It also offers a new built-in color meter that displays pixel values in RGB, Lab or CMYK in the Adjustments HUD (heads up display) or in Aperture's Loupe magnifying viewer.

In addition, Aperture 1.1 features enhanced export controls to make it easier to output images at specific resolutions and improve the handling of layered Photoshop files. It offers support for the Nikon D200 and Canon 30D, as well as dozens of reliability and performance improvements, according to the company.

Aperture 1.1 delivers significant performance gains on both PowerPC-based and the new Intel-based Macs providing photographers with desktop-level experience on the new MacBook Pro and delivering a powerful entry-level photography workstation on the new Intel-based iMac. According to the company, performance tests on a MacBook Pro have shown that common repetitive workflow tasks such as Lift and Stamp and searching are processed up to 4x faster on a MacBook Pro than on a PowerBook G4.

Aperture 1.1 is available immediately as a free Software Update to current Aperture 1.0 customers. In addition, early adopters of Aperture 1.0 can claim a $200 coupon (redeemable at the Apple Online Store) as a thank you for their support. Aperture 1.1 is available to order for new customers for $300 through the Apple Store and other retailers.
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$149 Academic. I'm really looking forward to Aperture now but I'll likely be getting it in version 2.0 because I need a decent camera right now.
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Originally posted by hmurchison
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$149 Academic. I'm really looking forward to Aperture now but I'll likely be getting it in version 2.0 because I need a decent camera right now.

The Canon 30D is sweet. Too bad I have a 300D I have to live with for a few years.
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I think that is really cool that Apple is refunding $200 to people who bought Aperture at $499.

I wonder if they gave back $49,300 to the last people who bought WebObjects. (One day a few years back, WO went from $50,000 to $699 overnight. I wish Apple sold gasoline!)
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The Canon 30D is sweet. Too bad I have a 300D I have to live with for a few years.

I'd love to have the 30D or the Nikon D200 but honestly both cameras are beyond my talent right now which is fledgling at best.

I'll probably look towards a Panny Lumix for a starter camera and then look to upgrade. The only problem is the Panny doesn't take RAW (not a huge deal but I'd like to learn how to work with RAW)

LOL "Apple Gas...insanely great octane".

Aperture must not have sold well at $499. No worries at $300 it makes a nice jump from iPhoto that's not too spendy.
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Originally posted by hmurchison
Yeah baby

$149 Academic. I'm really looking forward to Aperture now but I'll likely be getting it in version 2.0 because I need a decent camera right now.

But can you upgrade the Academic version?

Unfortunately, with most of the Apple pro apps, the academic versions are worthless since they can't be upgraded.
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The $200 coupon is a great thing! Not many companies will give credit back to past customers when a product drops in price.


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Unfortunately, with most of the Apple pro apps, the academic versions are worthless since they can't be upgraded.

Not so--last I checked, you can still come out ahead. When it comes time to upgrade you don't get the non-edu upgrade price, but you still get a steep edu discount all over again.
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So we see that a little competition hurt.

hmurchison: a Nikon D50 is a perfect "starter" camera. It's pretty much D70, sans the 2-inch viewfinder. At the current price of $549, it is a steal.

I shoot thousands of images a week and I use it for pro photography. For a beginner, it is more than enough.
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So we see that a little competition hurt.

hmurchison: a Nikon D50 is a perfect "starter" camera. It's pretty much D70, sans the 2-inch viewfinder. At the current price of $549, it is a steal.

Oh yeah I always forget the D50 and Rebel XT. Do you think the D50 is more featured than the Rebel?

Chosing between Nikon and Canon is liking choosing between two sets of inlaws. Once you're in..you're in(Accesorywise).
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Originally posted by minderbinder
But can you upgrade the Academic version?

Unfortunately, with most of the Apple pro apps, the academic versions are worthless since they can't be upgraded.

That's true of most academic versions.

I bought the program by virtue of doing work for the board of Ed here in NYC. They asked, on the site, what I did, and I bought it for $249. It looks the same to me, box and everything. I don't see why it wouldn't be upgradable.

I also wonder if we are entitled to a rebate.

Now, it would be cool if we could get the same $200 coupon. Of course, it must be spent in the Apple store.

I get the distinct feeling the program has not been taking off as quickly as Apple thought it would.

Instead of positioning this as a strictly professional app, as they tried to do, now they are positioning it as being for everyone with a digital camera.

It needed more pro features if it was going to be a pro app.
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Originally posted by Gene Clean
So we see that a little competition hurt.

hmurchison: a Nikon D50 is a perfect "starter" camera. It's pretty much D70, sans the 2-inch viewfinder. At the current price of $549, it is a steal.

I shoot thousands of images a week and I use it for pro photography. For a beginner, it is more than enough.

It all depends on whether you are a Canon person or a Nikon person.

The divide is almost as great as Windows and Mac.

Actually, that's what I compare computers to, rather than to the tired old auto argument.

The Nikon D50 is a pretty good camera. As is the 200.

But, I am a Canon person. I have too many lenses to cross over, even if I thought I should. I know Nikon users in the same boat.

The other manufacturers simply don't count right now.
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All around Apple covered the bases pretty good. Now that the graphics cards in its pro line and the iMac are all updated that's no longer a problem.

But I can already see the one sore place people are going to complain.
Aperture won't work on the Mac mini with its integrated graphics. And likely won't work on the MacBook.
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Originally posted by hmurchison
Oh yeah I always forget the D50 and Rebel XT. Do you think the D50 is more featured than the Rebel?

Chosing between Nikon and Canon is liking choosing between two sets of inlaws. Once you're in..you're in(Accesorywise).

They are both pretty good cameras.

Check out this site. Steve is pretty good. his reviews are also done well.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/

Also this.

http://www.dcresource.com/

If you want to learn a good deal about digital photography, Michael's site is unmatched. He's one of the best photog's working today.

http://luminous-landscape.com/

Canon is also offering rebates on certain cameras and lenses.

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/app/pd..._ClaimForm.pdf

If you live in Europe there is:

http://www.canon-europe.com/2006promotions

I'm not sure if Nikon has rebates right now. I know they did recently, but I don't know if it's over. I couldn't find it.

Maybe Gene knows.
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I also wonder if we are entitled to a rebate.


According to the referenced web page at Apple about the coupon, education users get a $100 coupon...

(edit) By the way, Mel, thanks for the links... I hope to be able to afford Aperture later this year, the price reduction should help...
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According to the referenced web page at Apple about the coupon, education users get a $100 coupon...

(edit) By the way, Mel, thanks for the links... I hope to be able to afford Aperture later this year, the price reduction should help...

Good. I didn't see that. Thanks!

You're welcome.
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Apple tends to stick it to the early adopters, don't they?

Seperate Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack and DVD Pro purchases by me only resulted in all programs being folded into the Final Cut Studio package, and big discounting.

Now, history repeats with Aperture... what's next?

I'd advise anyone to just wait until the 2nd generation of any Apple offering if you want to make out like a bandit... burns me up

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I think that is really cool that Apple is refunding $200 to people who bought Aperture at $499.

I agree! Nice work Apple!

Meanwhile, I think the price drop is about encouraging Aperture adoption and helping to compete against Adobe's Lightroom. I don't use either, but if I was a photo nut I'd probably have already ran out and picked up Aperture.

Now we wait for the 1.0 v 1.1 v 1.1 intel benchmarks. Based on some basic Final Cut Pro intel benchmarks I saw yesterday, I'd expect the new Core Duo macs to come out on top!
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I realize I can buy the $150 educational and then re-buy the educational version when 2.0 comes out.. BUT.. I rather have a retail copy.. so... can anyone confirm a real upgrade from educational to retail? They have allowed the educational versions of final cut apps to upgrade to Studio so perhaps they have finally changed their policy..
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Originally posted by TenoBell
All around Apple covered the bases pretty good. Now that the graphics cards in its pro line and the iMac are all updated that's no longer a problem.

But I can already see the one sore place people are going to complain.
Aperture won't work on the Mac mini with its integrated graphics. And likely won't work on the MacBook.

They can complain all they want. You simply can't expect to run any program on a entry level computer. Aperture is Semi-Pro at best. If you couldn't run it on the iBook or the Mini previously then what makes you think you could run it now. I'm sick of uneducated consumers bitching and moaning about things that are clearly stated on the box. Same applies for those who just want everything for nothing.
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Seperate Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack and DVD Pro purchases by me only resulted in all programs being folded into the Final Cut Studio package, and big discounting.

Well its a strategic thing you can't necessarily do from the beginning. Apple of course wanted to make a healthy profit from FCP, Soundtrack, Motion, DVD Pro.

At this point I'm sure they have made a very nice profit as these are the dominant tools in independent video and film. Apple cannot depend on momentum alone, Apple needs to offer incentives for new purchases of Final Cut Studio and current users to purchase updates.

Combining the apps into a package and selling them cheaper will continue its adoption, usage, and dominance.

Plus advancement in OS X and hardware have opened Final Cut Studio to be used on more than only the most expensive PowerMacs which allows Apple to make more money from the app suite.

Of course Lightroom offers compelling competition to Aperture, which Adobe will adamantly push. Apple realistically saw where Aperture fit into the market place and felt the need to adjust its price. Which is good. Some people will choose Aperture some will choose Lightroom.
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Idea #2 I could buy the 1.0 copy now for $400 and then get the $200 rebate which would bring me down to $200.. The coupon doesn't say anything about buying after the 13th so it should be fine. Then I could use that towards the new iPhone when it's released in 2020
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Apple is a classy company.

I wonder where all the folks are who posted nasty things about Apple when the price reduction was only a rumor and no one knew about the rebate.

It would be nice for those folks to come forward and post a mea culpa...

Either way, Apple proves yet again when they are such a great company worthy of our loyalty.
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Originally posted by SpamSandwich
Apple tends to stick it to the early adopters, don't they?

Seperate Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack and DVD Pro purchases by me only resulted in all programs being folded into the Final Cut Studio package, and big discounting.

Now, history repeats with Aperture... what's next?

I'd advise anyone to just wait until the 2nd generation of any Apple offering if you want to make out like a bandit... burns me up

What, exactly, are you upset about? People parted with their $499 of their own free will, and now they get a $200 apple store coupon. Seems like a fine arrangement to me.
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Originally posted by hmurchison
Oh yeah I always forget the D50 and Rebel XT. Do you think the D50 is more featured than the Rebel?

Chosing between Nikon and Canon is liking choosing between two sets of inlaws. Once you're in..you're in(Accesorywise).

Feature-wise, they're comparable. But where Nikon D50 feels like a well-built, solid camera, the Rebel seems cheap and plasticy. If you can, go to some local camera shop and compare them.

The Canon will feel cheap, like a Dell notebook, while the Nikon will feel sturdy, rugged and well-built, like a MBP. I'm neither a Canon or Nikon person exclusively, I use the best tool for the job. I think Nikon D50 is better right now.

If you had a lot of investemen in Canon glass, then the XT would be the better choice. If you don't, then I'd say go with Nikon.
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Apple tends to stick it to the early adopters, don't they?

I agree! Those people who bought the original Macintosh. Sheeshh! 8MHz CPU and 128 KB of memory for $3000. If they had just waited 20 years they could have a machine 500 times as fast with 4000 times as much memory (not to mention a hard drive) for that kind of money.
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Originally posted by SpamSandwich
Apple tends to stick it to the early adopters, don't they?

Seperate Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack and DVD Pro purchases by me only resulted in all programs being folded into the Final Cut Studio package, and big discounting.

Now, history repeats with Aperture... what's next?

I'd advise anyone to just wait until the 2nd generation of any Apple offering if you want to make out like a bandit... burns me up

If you've followed Apple's professional pricing over the years, you would have noticed that this is what they do. They add features, and keep the price the same, unlike most every other company. They also add programs to the mix for the price of the original program.

When I had FCP and Apple came out with Cinema Tools, that cost me another $999. The same price as FCP itself. But then later they rolled it into FCP, with no increase in FCP's price, which you might have noticed didn't go up a dime from the first day it was released.

I don't know anyone, including myself, who got pissed at Apple for that. My thought was It was great that Apple was doing that, because it gave more people a reason to go and buy FCP. Also, I wouldn't have to pay to upgrade TWO programs, only one.

So, this doesn't piss me off either.

The only problem is for those who actually use only FCP, fewer people each year, by my count.
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Originally posted by Gene Clean
Feature-wise, they're comparable. But where Nikon D50 feels like a well-built, solid camera, the Rebel seems cheap and plasticy. If you can, go to some local camera shop and compare them.

The Canon will feel cheap, like a Dell notebook, while the Nikon will feel sturdy, rugged and well-built, like a MBP. I'm neither a Canon or Nikon person exclusively, I use the best tool for the job. I think Nikon D50 is better right now.

If you had a lot of investemen in Canon glass, then the XT would be the better choice. If you don't, then I'd say go with Nikon.

They're equally reliable, so that shouldn't be a problem. The manufacturers do things differently though, and one might prefer one over the other because of the way the features are implimented.

One company has a feature on the camera body, where it's easy to get to, and the other may have it buried in a menu, and vice versa.
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Ok, lets clear up a misconception here.

It's not a 200 dollar rebate. It's 200 dollars of credit at the apple store. which has to be used within 6 months (September 30th, 2006)
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Now that I'm able to finally use Aperture. I'm wondering, are most people that get this ditching iPhoto? Because, the way I see it, that eliminates a lot of convenience - iPhoto's integration with Mail, Safari, Pages, Keynote, Finder, and probably a gazillion other Apple apps.
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Now that I'm able to finally use Aperture. I'm wondering, are most people that get this ditching iPhoto? Because, the way I see it, that eliminates a lot of convenience - iPhoto's integration with Mail, Safari, Pages, Keynote, Finder, and probably a gazillion other Apple apps.


It is a bit sucky that it doesn't integrate with the other ilife apps.
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It is a bit sucky that it doesn't integrate with the other ilife apps.

It's not intended to be an iLife kind of app.
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wow , 30 posts and noone actually TRIED this.

So after updating , new 1.1 conversion is a bit nicer looking.

As far as speed improvements , i cant say. Its still slow on my 2.7Ghz 4gb ram , 6800 Ultra. Adjusting shadows on some images takes 5 FIVE seconds , loading single 4m raw image takes 3 or so seconds.

If this is best they can do ..... oh well i already paid , didnt i.
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wow , 30 posts and noone actually TRIED this.

So after updating , new 1.1 conversion is a bit nicer looking.

As far as speed improvements , i cant say. Its still slow on my 2.7Ghz 4gb ram , 6800 Ultra. Adjusting shadows on some images takes 5 FIVE seconds , loading single 4m raw image takes 3 or so seconds.

If this is best they can do ..... oh well i already paid , didnt i.

Jeesh, people complaining about 3 to 5 seconds! I agree that this ruins the light table feel, but it really isn't so bad. Computers are getting faster, after all.

The 2.7GHz model will be considered slow when the new Intel tower comes out later this year.
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It is a bit sucky that it doesn't integrate with the other ilife apps.

thats because it is not a ilife app. It is a stand alone proffesional app. The ilife suite is designed to be a very integrated consumer focused product. This is designed to be a pro app targeted at specific functions)

While ilife integration would be good for some people it would probably add more comfusion to some customers without it.

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thats because it is not a ilife app. It is a stand alone proffesional app. The ilife suite is designed to be a very integrated consumer focused product. This is designed to be a pro app targeted at specific functions)

While ilife integration would be good for some people it would probably add more comfusion to some customers without it.

stu

If OS X detects Aperture on your system, it gives your iLife apps an option for aperture in addition to iPhoto 8)
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If OS X detects Aperture on your system, it should give your iLife apps an option for aperture in addition to iPhoto 8)

Edit: I messed that up, quoted, when I thought I was editing
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Edit: I messed that up, quoted, when I thought I was editing

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Jeesh, people complaining about 3 to 5 seconds! I agree that this ruins the light table feel, but it really isn't so bad. Computers are getting faster, after all.

The 2.7GHz model will be considered slow when the new Intel tower comes out later this year.

well 1st , they released this app now , didnt they ? 2.7ghz comp is 2nd fastest apple has and 6800Ultra is 2nd fastest apple has.

as far as 3-5 seconds , if you have 50 - 60 images in your smart folder and want to run through them to find the one you want , you dont want to wait 3 seconds for aperture just display the image in sharp state ( it does show you image in an instant but it takes 3-4 seconds for "Loading" text to dissapear ( after "loading" , image is sharp and in focus , at 1st image is very blurry )

as far as Highlights/Shadows , this feature is pretty much non-feature at this state. It's ust impossible to use.
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well 1st , they released this app now , didnt they ? 2.7ghz comp is 2nd fastest apple has and 6800Ultra is 2nd fastest apple has.

as far as 3-5 seconds , if you have 50 - 60 images in your smart folder and want to run through them to find the one you want , you dont want to wait 3 seconds for aperture just display the image in sharp state ( it does show you image in an instant but it takes 3-4 seconds for "Loading" text to dissapear ( after "loading" , image is sharp and in focus , at 1st image is very blurry )

as far as Highlights/Shadows , this feature is pretty much non-feature at this state. It's ust impossible to use.

I'm sure that speed will come. They could have waited until the end of this year to release it. Then it would have seemed fast.

Highlights/shadows, unsharp mask, yes, they do need some serious work.
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Originally posted by melgross
They're equally reliable, so that shouldn't be a problem. The manufacturers do things differently though, and one might prefer one over the other because of the way the features are implimented.

One company has a feature on the camera body, where it's easy to get to, and the other may have it buried in a menu, and vice versa.

Yeah, Canon's camera's are going for lightweight status but have a lousy feel. My 1st gen Rebel is a heavy camera that feels solid. The D30 makes my mouth water.

I am a Canon guy. I would think long and hard and look long term at your desired end goal (if possible). When you get knee deep in lenses and realize you may like the other side better, you are too far gone to turn around.

Besides, I have taken some of my best pictures with a 4.0 megapixel Canon (digital elph). I now have the 7.1 MP version and love it. SLR is still king but dang, the smaller camera's are good starters in my opinion. Afterall, we all know it is the camera that makes the photo and not the eye behind it...
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