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Warning: This article is both news and opinion.  I report on what’s changed, and comment on the improvements made to Aperture. Apple quietly released an Aperture update.  Before you get excited… it’s not Aperture 4 (what many of you have been anxiously waiting for).  But there are a handful of additions and bug fixes of […]

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On October 19, 2005, Apple announced it’s new professional photo editing software application called Aperture. On November 30, 2005, the software started shipping. Since then, there have been 23 updates to the program, three of them fairly major. I’ve been there every step of the journey. I have a long history with Aperture. Along with […]

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I use Aperture. There. I said it. I am an oddball I guess, since according to Adobe at least, three times more people use Lightroom. Of course, if you are a Windows user, you have no choice. If it boils down to Aperture or Lightroom, Aperture doesn’t run on Windows machines so Lightroom it is. […]

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The good news: Aperture now supports 64-bit operation. The bad news: Most of the plug-ins designed to work with Aperture don’t yet support 64-bit operation. This means, you have to switch Aperture to 32-bit mode in order to use plug-ins. Fortunately, it’s easy to switch between 32-bit and 64-bit mode. Go to  (File > Get […]

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I’m amazed to see it, but Aperture now supports image editing plug-ins. When the product originally launched, I asked Apple Aperture Product Manager Joe Schorr whether or not plug-ins would be supported. He gave me the standard Apple line – we don’t comment on future features – but he hinted that there were strong divisions […]

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Released today, Aperture 2.1 introduces an open plug-in architecture that lets photographers use specialized third-party imaging software from right within Aperture. In fact, customers downloading the Aperture 2.1 update will receive the new Dodge & Burn plug-in. Developed by Apple, it adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur. Aperture […]

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When I first started using Aperture – one of the main complaints I heard from actual working pros, was that you couldn’t export the XMP data. It took me a while to notice this, but Apple actually listened and Aperture 2.0 offers XMP out. Now exported versions created with the Export>Master command can include IPTC […]

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The latest revision of Aperture addresses issues related to the performance and overall stability of Aperture 2, and includes fixes that cover upgrading libraries from earlier versions of Aperture, publishing .Mac Web Gallery albums, Preview generation and deletion, and creating and ordering books. There are a host of other minor bug fixes included in the […]

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Apple has released a list of cameras that are capable of shooting tethered to the computer while using Aperture 2.0. While this isn’t a feature that will be widely used, it is important to a vocal minority and Apple needs to think about updating the list to include the newer top-of-the-line cameras from Canon and […]

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Aperture 2.0 has a very streamlined interface using an all-in-one Inspector that has just three tabs. It’s very accessible and easy to use. It takes less space and even works in Full Screen mode. This is great. I love Aperture’s Full Screen mode. Now you can access the Inspector (Hit “W”) from Full Screen and […]

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Just a note for those of you upgrading to Aperture 2.0. The first thing Aperture 2.0 does when you open it is offer to convert your existing Aperture 1.x library, and once this is done, there’s no going back. In my limited experience – there’s nothing to fear. The speed increase is amazing. _______________ This […]

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In the most recent OSX updates, Mac OS X 10.5.2, Apple adds support for RAW files from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, Canon PowerShot G9, Hasselblad CF-22, Hasselblad CF-39, Leaf Aptus 75s, Nikon D3, Nikon D300 and Sony Alpha DSLR A700. _______________ This post sponsored by the Digital SLR Store

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I’ll be getting my 2.0 copy this week. In the mean time, I downloaded the trial copy while waiting and I have to say that in the few minutes I played around, I was very impressed. The new database code makes the whole program feel faster. Other new features I really like: Export photos to […]

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Finally! Apple today announced that Aperture version 2.0 is shipping. The retail price is US$199 or US$99 for the upgrade. (If you purchased Aperture 1.5 between January 1, 2008, and March 14, 2008, you are eligible to upgrade to Aperture 2 for US$9.95 to cover shipping and handling). This is a significant upgrade to the […]

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