Apple releases third-generation Aperture

Sat 13th of February 2010, filed under Design

Aperture 3 goes live

Web design experts may be interested to know that Apple has launched the latest instalment of its flagship photo-editing program.

Aperture 3, which is available from the Apple Store, has a recommended retail price of £127 or an upgrade price of £63 for existing owners. A free 30-day trial is also on offer at The web design software introduces more than 200 new features, giving owners more scope to enhance image quality, apply relevant tags and display the results publicly.

Firstly, Brushes lets users make a range of adjustments directly onto their photos such as polarising, burning, dodging and blurring. Secondly, Faces incorporates face-recognition technology to re-categories photos according to the people pictured. Thirdly, Places reclassifies images based on where they were taken using information from GPS cameras, tracking devices or manual adding. Fourthly, Aperture 3 adds multimedia slideshows that mix photos, audio, HD video and text? these can even be exported to iTunes or published on Flickr and Facebook.

Aperture 3 targets iPhoto web design community

Apple hopes that Aperture 3 will build on the popularity of its iPhoto brand. Available as part of the iLife multimedia programming suite, iPhoto enables users to organise and share digital photos but it has only very basic editing options.

Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said: "Millions of people love using iPhoto to organise, edit and share their digital photos. Aperture 3 is designed for both professionals who edit and manage massive libraries of photos and iPhoto users who want to take their photos further with easy-to-use tools."

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