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Apple updates Aperture to Version 3.3


Apple has announced Aperture version 3.3, a 554.9MB update that shares the photo-library with iPhoto (v9.3 or later), views camera-generated previews for faster browsing of RAW files, and features support for AVCHD video and a number of updated tools. Please see below for a full list of the new features. The update is available now for existing Aperture users (from the Apple icon in the main menu, simply select Software update... ).

We've had a chance to update our photo-library, and can report Aperture 3.3 is a significant update to previous versions. Not only has it 'fixed' our mainly broken library (which was the main reason we switched to Lightroom), but it's now also lighteningly fast.

Aperture is available from the Mac App store for $79.99 / £54.99


What's New in Aperture 3.3
    •    New unified photo library for both iPhoto (v 9.3 or later) and Aperture; no import/export required; Faces, Places, slideshows, albums and web sharing work across both applications
    •    Support for AVCHD video has been added
    •    Aperture now lets you use camera-generated previews for faster browsing of RAW files immediately after import
    •    Highlights & Shadows tool has been updated to deliver higher-quality results and work with extended range data
    •    A new Auto Enhance button has been added to the Adjustments panel
    •    White Balance tool now includes Skin Tone and Natural Gray modes to simplify color balance
    •    Auto button has been added to the White Balance tool for one-click color balancing
    •    Set Desktop command has been added to Share menu so you can set a desktop background from within Aperture
    •    A new Manual option allows you to drag and drop projects to customize sort order in the Projects view
    •    New preference allows you to set the background brightness of the full screen browser
    •    Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe albums are now displayed as thumbnails in the main window when accounts are selected in the source list
    •    Minor terminology changes, including "Original" instead of "Master" and "Info" instead of "Metadata"
    •    Source list includes a new "Recent" section, showing Last Import and recently-viewed projects
    •    Raw Fine Tuning is no longer displayed in the Adjustments panel by default
    •    Faces can now be named by dragging them from the Unnamed Faces browser to existing snapshots on the corkboard
    •    The Faces corkboard now includes a menu that allows you to set the order of face snapshots
    •    Newly designed monochrome source list and toolbar icons
    •    Addresses numerous issues related to overall performance and stability



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