New Features in Aperture 3
Aperture 3 features over 200 new features, so I’m not going to go crazy here trying to list them all. Here are the ones I view as most important to the average-Joe photographer.
- the faces and places functions from iPhoto
- adjustment presets
- non-destructive brushes with edge detection
- chromatic aberration filter
- full-screen browser
- curves tool – YES!
- skin smoothing – Chase Jarvis loves this
- camera focus points
- improved search, including photo usage, place, face, label, etc.
- enhanced web publishing for Facebook, Flickr, etc. built in
- ability to apply presents on import
- video and audio support
- 64-bit support
- enhanced RAW support, even for brand-new cameras like the Nikon D3s (but no Panasonic GF1?)
- better image quality on RAW conversions
- same low price as Aperture 2!
Now Aperture 3 doesn’t have everything. For instance, I would have loved a lens distortion filter for the rare occasion when I use my Canon kit lens.
But overall, Aperture 3 extends the awesomeness of Aperture 2 pretty damn well. Frankly, I’m not sure I ever want Photoshop, because I’m not into heavy pixel-level editing, composites, or anything like that. I also hate the whole ordeal of managing multiple version of the same photo in different files.
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