Apple today released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture that makes it easy for photographers to use specialized third party imaging software right from within Aperture.
Available today as a free software update,
Aperture 2.1 includes the Dodge & Burn plug-in, which
adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast,
saturation, sharpen and blur. Over the coming months, third party
software developers are also expected to deliver image editing plug-ins for localized
editing, filters and effects, noise analysis and reduction, fisheye
lens correction and more.
By clicking on one or more images within Aperture, users can choose
from a menu of installed plug-ins and apply specialized imaging
operations to either TIFF or RAW images.
Aperture 2.1 is available immediately as a free software update to
current Aperture 2.0 users.