Aperture 3 released
Apple today released Aperture 3, with over 200 new features this seems to be a update many people were looking for. A few of the main updates are the following:
Brushes – New nondestructive, edge-aware brushes let you selectively apply powerful adjustments to photos. 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.
You can also brush in special effects. Smooth skin, change the color of the sky, blur the background, sharpen lines, intensify colors, and more. Fifteen Quick Brushes handle the most common touch-up jobs with just a few strokes. Dodge and burn, for example, or add a polarizing effect.
Brushes look to be very powerful and quick, one good looking feature for Aperture 3.
Adjustment Presets – Dozens of new adjustment presets give your photos a wide range of looks. In just one click. 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 color shifts to black-and-white in different contrast grades
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.
Advanced Slideshows – Create spectacular multimedia shows with photos, HD video clips, titles, layered soundtracks, and professionally designed themes.
Aperture 3 is also 64 bit when used with Apple’s Snow Leopard OS so should be very fast.
They also are bringing some of the consumer functions of iPhoto into Aperture (faces and places) which may not be on the top list of most pro’s but I think will be a nice little feature to have. I use iPhoto just as a quick way to store a copy of my personal images and actually love the faces and places features, its a great way to search and organize your photos.
For my own post production I have always used Adobe Bridge and more recently switched over to Lightroom 2. After talking to a lot of photographers today that use Aperture I am going to look into the differences between Aperture and Lightroom in more detail to see what will fit my workflow better. It’s perfect timing since I am working on a series of detailed looks at Lightroom 3 beta so will be documenting the differences between Lightroom 3 and Aperture 3 in some articles to come.