Excerpt: (1 items) The Mac App Store has changed how we access and update software. A perfect example is the latest release of Aperture. Version 3.3.1 is a dot release of software that’s more that two years old ( ), yet it includes many enhancements and features that in the past may have been the foundation of Aperture 4. So we don’t get a new box (or DVD) to put on the shelf, but there’s also no charge for this upgrade, which is essentially a rewritten application.
Pros: Retina display support, Overall performance improvement on compatible Macs, Faster importing, especially for Raw shooters, No cost to upgrade, AVCHD video support, Cleaner user interface, Improved editing tools, Unified library structure for iPhoto/Aperture
Cons: Requires Mac OS X 10.7.4, Some may miss advanced Highlights/Shadows sliders
Conclusion: Despite its sleek, state-of-the-art interface and many excellent features, Aperture 1.0.1's occasional bugginess and generally inferior RAW image rendering make it hard to recommend to professional photographers. But Apple has a track record of finding great improvements and innovations in version 2. Hold off until then.
Pros: Sleek interface. Background image importing. Strong management features. "Smart" Web galleries and albums. Excellent output options. Non-destructive image editing.
Cons: Requires a very powerful system. No full-image zoom beyond 100 percent. Generally inferior RAW format rendering. Lacks important adjustment tools. Bug in export of TIFF metadata.
Conclusion: For under $80, Apple's Aperture gets you capable pro-level photo workflow and editing software for your iPhoto library.
Pros: Clear interface. Wide raw camera file support. Good organizational tools, including face recognition and geo-location. No import needed to use iPhoto library. Excellent output options, including soft proofing. Support for iCloud Photo Stream and MacBook with Retina display. Good value for money.
Cons: Weak noise and chromatic aberration correction. Minimal video editing. No geometry correction tools. Mac-only.
Apple’s Aperture 3; Organize, Edit, And Adjust (Too Bad It’s For Mac Only)
1 September 2001
Excerpt: Aperture 3 is an amazingly powerful workflow aid for any photographer. An improved interface that promotes a “work the way you want” aesthetic makes it easy to learn and use, revealing a deep feature set over time as you explore new features—200 of them since the last release. In fact, Aperture 3 is one of the best photographic software apps released in recent years.
Apple’s Aperture; Digital Camera Image Management, Processing, Editing, And Output—All In One
1 May 2001
Excerpt: With so many digital SLR cameras sold in the last few years it was inevitable that programmers would put together solutions to serve all of the needs of photographers in a comprehensive application. That Apple would be out front with their slick and powerful Aperture application, I think, caught some off guard.
Excerpt: There's much in common between Aperture and its Adobe rival, Lightroom . Both are professional photography apps that offer support for very high resolution Retina displays and handle RAW image processing particularly well.
Retina Display support, powerful RAW image processing, Advanced White Balance, Highlight and Shadow enhancements, strong export and sharing potential, strong links with iPhoto and Apple ecosystem, GPU acceleration via Core Image, relatively low price.
Simplified 'iPhoto Max' feel to some aspects, some curious application behaviour and stability niggles
Conclusion: If you're deep into the Apple ecosystem and serious about digital photography, Aperture should probably be your workflow software choice. This is especially true if you just dropped over £2,000 on a new Retina MacBook and want to work with digital photography on it (which, I can tell you, is a dream) then you owe it to yourself to get Aperture.
Pros: Clear interface, Wide raw camera file support, Excellent output options, Support for Retina display MacBook Pro
Cons: Weak noise correction, No geometry correction tools
Excerpt: We’ve been testing Apple’s Aperture 3 photo management software for a little over a month and as we integrated it into our day-to-day photography workflow, we realized that it is a well-rounded and thoughtful application that’s designed to appeal to novices as well as professionals, which if you think about it is a daunting task.
Conclusion: If you work on a Windows system, the choice between Lightroom and Aperture is easy; since there's no Windows version of Aperture, your choice is made for you. On a PowerPC G5 or G4-based Mac, Lightroom's less demanding system requirements make it the more attractive alternative. But what if you have all the horsepower a tower chassis can contain? The answer is still the more-efficient Lightroom.
Pros: No Windows version, Relatively steep hardware requirements, Limited Apple support options, Restrictive file-management system, No curves view or editor
Cons: Excellent retouching tools in a streamlined interface, Delivers great results, Integrated colour management
Summary: This raw work-flow application isn't the Holy Grail many hoped it would be, but Apple Aperture 1.5 could make life easier for photographers who need to cull, retouch, and output large numbers of photographs quickly and efficiently.
Pros: Excellent retouching tools in a streamlined interface, Delivers great results, Integrated colour management
Cons: No Windows version, Relatively steep hardware requirements, Limited Apple support options, Restrictive file-management system, No curves view or editor