Apple today introduced Aperture 3, the next release of its photo editing and management software.
Building on the Faces and Places features introduced in iPhoto ?09, Aperture 3 makes it even easier and faster to organize large photo libraries. Aperture 3 introduces new tools to refine photos including Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of a photo, and Adjustment Presets for applying professional photo effects with just one click. New slideshows let users share their work by weaving together photos, audio, text and HD video.
Aperture 3 allows users to organize large photo libraries with even more flexibility using Projects and the new Faces and Places. Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organize photos by the people in them. Users can view faces across their entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organization process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven?t yet been named. Places lets users explore their photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverse geocodes GPS data into user-friendly locations. In Aperture 3, users can assign locations by dragging-and-dropping photos onto a map or by using location information from GPS enabled cameras, tracking devices or their iPhone photos.
The new Brushes feature allows users to add professional touches to their photos by simply painting effects onto the image. Aperture 3 includes 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks like Dodge, Burn, Polarize and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks. Brushes can automatically detect edges in users' images to let them apply or remove effects exactly where they want them. Aperture 3 includes dozens of Adjustment Presets that apply a specific style or look to the entire image with just a click. Users can create their own custom presets or explore the techniques of other photographers by importing theirs.
Aperture 3 makes it easy to share users' work with slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text and HD video. Users can select one of six Apple designed themes or choose their own transitions, background, borders and titles, and even add their own soundtrack. Users can export their slideshows directly to iTunes to take with them on their iPhone or iPod touch. Users can also share photographs as beautiful prints, create custom-designed hardcover books and publish to online photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr, right from Aperture 3.
Aperture 3 is available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) and existing Aperture users can upgrade for a suggested retail price of $99 (US). A downloadable 30-day trial version is available at www.apple.com/aperture/trial. Aperture 3 runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS X Snow Leopard on Macs with Intel Core 2 Duo processors.