Apple Aperture 3
The new Aperture 3 gives you powerful yet easy-to-use tools to refine images, showcase your photography and manage massive libraries on your Mac. It's pro performance with iPhoto simplicity. With more than 200 new features and enhancements, Aperture 3 is the perfect choice if you're ready to take your photography to the next level. Migrate your photos from iPhoto to Aperture seamlessly. Manage large photo libraries with ease. Use powerful new tools to refine your images. And present your work like a pro with beautiful prints, hardcover books, websites, and stunning multimedia slideshows.
What's new in Aperture 3.
Faces and Places. Brushes for precision retouching. Dozens of adjustment presets. True full-screen browsing and editing. And that's just part of the perfect picture.
Faces - Faces makes it faster and easier to search thousands of photos for shots of a particular person.
Find a face in a crowd.
Faces automatically detects faces in your photos. Once a face is detected and identified, Faces can recognise that face and then scan your entire library -- or individual projects -- to find others just like it. It can even find a specific face in group shots. The more you use Faces, the smarter and more accurate it gets, making it easier to find shots of a particular person.
Put a name to the face.
When Faces shows you an unidentified face, simply type in the person's name. When you export your final images, the name is embedded as a keyword.
Aperture takes Faces further.
Aperture 3 expands on the power of Faces in iPhoto '09. Not only can you view the people you name across the entire library, you can now see them in individual projects. And the new Show Unnamed Faces pane displays all the detected-but-not-yet-named faces in a project to help you easily add names.
Places - Now you can use GPS location data to explore your photos by the places they were taken. Better still, find them on an interactive map.
Organise your library by location, location, location.
If you're shooting with a GPS-enabled camera, Aperture 3 uses reverse geocoding to convert location coordinates into familiar location names, then displays those locations on the Places map. If you're using a separate GPS tracking device, the path of your photo journey appears on the map when you import a track log. You can even extract locations from iPhone tracker apps or your iPhone photos. Which means you can instantly find all your Yellowstone photos, for example, without typing the word "Yellowstone". Photos can be organised by country, state, city or a point of interest such as Old Faithful or the park visitor center.
Put your photos on the map.
If a photo doesn't include GPS metadata, simply drag the photo to the spot on the map where you shot it. A pin appears. Then, when you're searching for photos, use the map's navigation menu to quickly find the location. When you click the pin, Aperture displays all the photos taken there.
Easy course corrections.
If you need to change the location of your shot, drag the pin on the map across the street or across the country. The GPS data associated with the photo updates automatically, so you know where your photos are at all times.
Brushes - New nondestructive, edge-aware brushes let you selectively apply powerful adjustments to photos.
Precise brush control.
Brushes let you paint in a wide range of effects to selectively fine-tune your photos. With precise control of the size, softness and strength of each brush, you can adjust only the parts of the image you want, leaving the rest untouched. For example, you can burn the green of a palm leaf lying on a beach to decrease the exposure and make it darker, without touching the rest of your photo. Or you can dodge just its shadow to increase the exposure and bring out the detail of the sand. No matter how much you change an image, you can always go back to the original.
Brush in special effects.
Never before have so many special effect options been so easy to use. Smooth skin, change the colour of the sky, blur the background, sharpen lines, intensify colours and more.
Quick Brushes for quick fixes.
Fifteen Quick Brushes handle the most common touch-up jobs with just a few strokes. Dodge and burn, for example, or add a polarising effect. Smooth imperfections in skin, reduce saturation or sharpen detail. All Quick Brushes are easily accessible from the tool strip.
Brush inside the lines.
The Detect Edges option helps you make adjustments exactly where you want them. Say your image is of a dark mountain skyline against a red sunset. The brush actually sees the edge of the mountain, so you can brush colour into the silhouetted mountain without splashing colour into the sky. Or darken the red of the sunset without affecting the mountain. Detect Edges makes retouching easier and saves you time.
Adjustment Presets - Dozens of new adjustment presets give your photos a wide range of looks. In just one click.
One-click quick fixes.
Ready-to-use Quick Fix adjustment presets sharpen images, pump up vibrancy, perform quick exposure shifts, make easy white balance changes and recover blown highlights. You can also experiment with a variety of effects, from sepia to cross process colour shifts to black-and-white in different contrast grades. Apply any combination of adjustments with a single click. And because adjustments are nondestructive in Aperture 3, another click can remove effects and return your photo to its original state.
Experiment with different processing techniques and styles.
How would your photo look in sepia? Or in high-contrast black and white? What if the shot had been taken with a toy camera? Adjustment presets let you apply these effects and others instantly to a single photo or across an entire project.
Instantly see adjustments in a preview screen.
It's easy to see how different adjustment presets will change your image. Move your cursor over the different preset options, and a pop-up window previews the image in each effect as quickly as you can scroll.
Create your own adjustment presets.
If you've created just the right look for a photo and want to apply it across a project, Aperture 3 saves you hours of work. Just save your refinements as an adjustment preset and apply it wherever and whenever you like. You can also import adjustment presets created by other Aperture users or export your own to share.
Full-Screen Browser - Take advantage of your Apple display to get a big, uncluttered, full-screen view of your library.
Browse through your entire library in the full-screen Browser, quickly moving from project to project without leaving full-screen view. Make selects and compare them side by side. Zoom from 25 percent to 1000 percent to study details. Even browse your video. All on your brilliant Apple display.
No obstructions, no distractions.
You want to see your photos, not control panels. The Aperture 3 Vanishing HUD feature lets you temporarily hide the Adjustments inspector so you can work on your photos full screen, with nothing in the way. Just select the control you want and hold down the Shift key. Everything but that control melts away, leaving you an unobstructed view of your work.
Instantly browse through your projects.
With Aperture 3, browsing through your library becomes a visual feast. Use the Library Path Navigator to instantly move between projects, then view resizable thumbnails using every inch of your screen. Not only is it easier to find what you're looking for, you get a beautiful view of all the great shots you've taken.
Advanced Slideshows - Create spectacular multimedia shows with photos, HD video clips, titles, layered soundtracks and professionally designed themes.
Use familiar iPhoto '09 slideshow themes. And more.
If you're moving from iPhoto '09, the slideshows you created with themes such as Snapshot and Shatter are preserved in all their brilliance. Aperture 3 includes all iPhoto themes and two new themes: Watercolor Panels and Photo Edges. Each theme gives you a professionally designed layout, title treatment, and transitions to create a distinctive backdrop for your photos. Choose a theme, drop in some photos and HD video clips, and produce amazing slideshows in seconds.
Combine photos, audio and video clips in one show.
If your camera records video, you can import it into your library along with your stills and include it in your slideshow. Just drag a video clip into the slideshow as easily as you add a photo.
Create and edit layered soundtracks.
To personalise your slideshow, just add music from your iTunes library (DRM-free only). Then drop in audio clips stored in your Aperture library -- voiceovers, narration or other sounds recorded on location -- for a multilayered soundtrack. If you're including video in your slideshow, you can add the audio from the video, too.
Tap out the time of your fades and cuts.
Talk about fingertip control. With Aperture 3, you control the pace of your slideshow with the tap of a finger. As you watch the slideshow, press the Return key to determine when each slide begins and ends. As you tap out each slide change, Aperture 3 records your custom timings.
Add titles, borders and colours.
When using the Classic and Ken Burns themes, you can add titles anywhere in the slideshow in your choice of font, size and style. Choose borders and background colours. Scale photos. Even control fades and adjust transition times.
What is Aperture?
You've taken a great shot. Now you're ready to make it even better. Aperture 3 gives you all the tools you need to turn your photography into so much more.
- Aperture 3 lets you get to work faster.
The fun begins even before you finish importing your photos. Double-click thumbnails in the Import window to view images, play videos and hear audio files before they're fully imported. If you're on a deadline, you can begin adjusting an image even if it's still being copied from your memory card to your Mac.
While the files are importing, Aperture 3 grabs data like shutter speed, aperture, lens and focus points, and starts sorting it right away. You can even add your own keywords and automatically apply an adjustment preset on import.
- Organise by Faces.
The popular Faces feature in iPhoto '09 comes to Aperture 3, where it has even more power. As in iPhoto, Faces uses face detection technology to find faces in your photos. Once you identify a person, Faces quickly scans your library, or an individual project, to find more photos of that person. Let's say you want to find photos of the bride's father in the O'Rourke wedding project. Once you've identified his face in one photo, Faces finds other photos he appears to be in. You simply confirm the suggested matches to apply his name to those photos.
- Organise by Places.
There's no easier way to organise photos than with Places. Places converts location data from GPS-enabled cameras and geo-tracker devices into common location names. Then it displays those locations as pins on the Places map. If your camera doesn't capture GPS data, you can assign locations by dragging your photos to the map. Later, when browsing your photos, just click the location pin on the map and all the photos shot there are instantly displayed.
- Organise any way you want.
Group your projects by year or organise them in hierarchical folders to bring order to even the largest photo library. Add descriptive keywords, captions or information such as copyright and contact details to any of your photos. Then use the powerful Aperture search engine to find photos based on almost any criteria. You can even search for photos based on the image adjustments applied to each photo.
Compare and Select
- Browse photos full screen.
Use every inch of your beautiful Apple display to make selects and compare images side by side. Browse your photos at high speed, instantly navigating between projects. When it's time to make selects, use ratings, flags and colour labels to organise your best shots. Use the Loupe to examine detail, or zoom and pan multiple images at once.
Perfect and Enhance
- Adjustment presets.
Dozens of ready-to-use adjustment presets let you apply professional-style imaging effects to a single photo or across an entire project. Quick Fix presets can take care of common problems including blown highlights and low contrast. Other adjustment presets apply processing techniques and styles, such as a toy or vintage camera look. You can also create your own adjustment presets or import presets from colleagues. And since all adjustments are nondestructive, you can revert back from the changes you make at any time or even restore your original master images.
- Precision brushes.
Nondestructive brushes let you make selective adjustments to specific parts of your image without creating masks or layers. Control brush size, softness and strength while you dodge and burn, or apply effects such as blurring, skin smoothing and polarisation. Fifteen Quick Brushes handle the most common touch-up jobs with a few strokes. Detect Edges makes it easy to retouch areas with greater accuracy -- deepening the colours of a mountain range, for instance, while leaving the sky untouched.
- Custom multimedia slideshows.
Create impressive multimedia slideshows with photos, custom titles, HD videos and layered soundtracks. It's as easy as dragging your photos and videos into one of the themed slideshow templates in Aperture.
- Export. Easy.
When you're ready to share your photos, you can send them to Flickr or Facebook with a couple of clicks. Or take advantage of a variety of export plug-ins to upload photos directly to sites including SmugMug, iStockphoto and PhotoShelter. Because Aperture is integrated with the Mac OS X Media Browser, you can easily include photos from your library in iLife or iWork documents. Or make them "to go" by syncing them to your iPhone, iPod or Apple TV.
- MobileMe Gallery showings.
Aperture offers fully integrated MobileMe Gallery support, so you can publish your photos using your MobileMe account. Simply select the photos you want to share and click the MobileMe button. Keep your gallery private, make it public or share it with select people. Visitors can download JPEG or original RAW files directly from your site and even contribute their own photos to your gallery.
- Your book. Made to order.
Create and order premium-quality photo books right from Aperture. You have the tools and professional book templates to design books in small, medium, large and extra-large 13x10-inch formats. Use one of the 11 themed templates, or customise a template by adding, removing and resizing text and photo boxes to create a one-of-a-kind book.
- New book themes.
Aperture 3 includes two new book themes: Photo Essay, a simple, elegant, photojournalist-style layout; and Journal, which includes scrapbook-style borders and large spreads.
- Travel maps.
Use either of the new themes to illustrate your photo books with customisable maps, showing the locations of any or all the photos in your book. If it's a book of your travels, you can drop in a map that uses the location data stored with your photos to map your journey.
- Printing prowess.
You have many printing options with Aperture 3. Customise the margins, crop on the fly to match the aspect ratio of your paper, and add borders in custom widths and sizes. Create a sheet of wallet-size prints or passport photos. Take advantage of the colour-managed print engine for reliable colour rendition. Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness to fine-tune your images. Add metadata to large prints or contact sheets with your choice of font, size and style. Include watermarks or your own header -- including a logo -- on every printed sheet. And when your settings are just the way you want, save them as a preset for future prints.
Specifications / System Requirements
|Package Type||Retail Boxed Package|
|Licence Type||Complete Package|
|Licence Quantity||1 User|
|Operating System||Mac OS X v10.5.8 or v10.6.2 or later|
|Min HDD||7GB for Sample Library; 1GB for application and documentation|
|Min RAM||1 GB; 2GB required for Mac Pro|
|Peripheral Devices||DVD-ROM drive; mouse & keyboard|
One of the following Intel-based Mac computers:
- Mac Pro
- MacBook Pro
- MacBook Air
- Mac mini
- Mac OS X v10.5.8 or v10.6.2 or later
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GB of RAM required for Mac Pro
- DVD drive for installation
- 1GB of disk space for application and documentation
- 7GB of disk space for Sample Library
Support for Leading Cameras
Using Aperture, you can import JPEG images from virtually all digital cameras. Shooting RAW? Aperture supports the RAW formats from a wide range of digital SLRs and medium-format cameras and camera backs. You'll find an extensive list of supported camera models on the
Native RAW import and editing of images from leading digital cameras and camera backs
- ARW, .CR2, .CRW, .MOS, .NEF, .RAF, .RAW, .SRW, .TIF, .OLY, .FFF, .3FR, .DNG
Compatible with all major still image formats
- JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, PDF, PSD
Import images directly from cameras and storage devices
- CompactFlash I, II and Microdrive
- Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo
- Secure Digital, MultiMedia and SmartMedia cards
- xD Picture cards
Product information is advisory only. Specifications and compatibility should be checked with the manufacturer before order. Images are for illustrative purposes only.