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 product with more than 100 new features including a new highlight recovery tool, digital vignettes, a new soft-edged brush retouch tool, an updated RAW converter, new faster preview mode, simpler interface and integration with .Mac.
I have to say I don’t understand Apple’s marketing decisions when it comes to Aperture. I think it was either very arrogant or very foolish not to announce this at PMA. But in any event, I am glad to see that Apple has not abandoned the Aperture product.
We’ll have a detailed review soon.