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Apple Aperture 3, Full Version (Mac)

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Mac, Mac OS X
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  • Aperture 3 helps you refine images, showcase your work, and manage massive libraries on your Mac
  • Features new ways to organize your photos by the people in them and more robust GPS tools for mapping images
  • Apply or remove adjustments and effects to selected parts of your images with nondestructive, edge-aware brushes
  • Instantly give your images a custom look or emulate a variety of camera types and processing styles
  • Create stunning slideshows that weave together photos and HD video clips, complete with text and soundtracks
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  • ASIN: B002I0JKSS
  • Release Date: 9 Mar 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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Aperture 3 combines powerful performance with iPhoto simplicity to help you refine images, showcase your photography, and manage massive libraries on your Mac. With more than 200 new features and enhancements, it can help you take your photography to the next level. Now you can perfect your images with brushes. Apply adjustment presets to instantly create a custom look. And when you import your pictures from iPhoto, all name and location data is preserved.

Aperture 3 combines powerful performance with iPhoto simplicity to help you refine images, showcase your photography, and manage massive libraries on your Mac.

What's New in Aperture 3

Faces makes it faster and easier to search thousands of photos for shots of a particular person.

Find a face in a crowd.
Faces automatically detects faces in your photos. Once a face is detected and identified, Faces can recognize that face and then scan your entire library--or individual projects--to find others just like it. It can even find a specific face in group shots. The more you use Faces, the smarter and more accurate it gets, making it easier to find shots of a particular person.

Put a name to the face.
When Faces shows you an unidentified face, simply type in the person's name. When you export your final images, the name is embedded as a keyword.

Aperture takes Faces further.
Aperture 3 expands on the power of Faces in iPhoto '09. Not only can you view the people you name across the entire library, you can now see them in individual projects. And the new Show Unnamed Faces pane displays all the detected-but-not-yet-named faces in a project to help you easily add names.

Now you can use GPS location data to explore your photos by the places they were taken. Better still, find them on an interactive map.

Organize your library by location, location, location.
If you're shooting with a GPS-enabled camera, Aperture 3 uses reverse geocoding to convert location coordinates into familiar location names, then displays those locations on the Places map. If you're using a separate GPS tracking device, the path of your photo journey appears on the map when you import a track log. You can even extract locations from iPhone tracker apps or your iPhone photos. Which means you can instantly find all your Yellowstone photos, for example, without typing the word "Yellowstone." Photos can be organized by country, state, city, or a point of interest such as Old Faithful or the park visitor center.

Put your photos on the map.
If a photo doesn't include GPS metadata, simply drag the photo to the spot on the map where you shot it. A pin appears. Then, when you're searching for photos, use the map's navigation menu to quickly find the location. When you click the pin, Aperture displays all the photos taken there.

Easy course corrections.
If you need to change the location of your shot, drag the pin on the map across the street or across the country. The GPS data associated with the photo updates automatically, so you know where your photos are at all times.

Now you can group your photos by the people in them. Even within individual projects. Click to enlarge.

Using GPS coordinates and time data, Aperture can create a path tracking all the photos on your journey. Click to enlarge.

Smooth skin, change colours, blur the background, sharpen lines, intensify colours, and more. Click to enlarge.

Apply professional-style imaging effects to a single photo or across an entire project. Click to enlarge.

New non-destructive, edge-aware brushes let you selectively apply powerful adjustments to photos.

Precise brush control.
Brushes let you paint in a wide range of effects to selectively fine-tune your photos. With precise control of the size, softness, and strength of each brush, you can adjust only the parts of the image you want, leaving the rest untouched. For example, you can burn the green of a palm leaf lying on a beach to decrease the exposure and make it darker, without touching the rest of your photo. Or you can dodge just its shadow to increase the exposure and bring out the detail of the sand. No matter how much you change an image, you can always go back to the original.

Brush in special effects.
Never before have so many special effect options been so easy to use. Smooth skin, change the colour of the sky, blur the background, sharpen lines, intensify colours, and more.

Quick Brushes for quick fixes.
Fifteen Quick Brushes handle the most common touch-up jobs with just a few strokes. Dodge and burn, for example, or add a polarizing effect. Smooth imperfections in skin, reduce saturation, or sharpen detail. All Quick Brushes are easily accessible from the tool strip.

Brush inside the lines.
The Detect Edges option helps you make adjustments exactly where you want them. Say your image is of a dark mountain skyline against a red sunset. The brush actually sees the edge of the mountain, so you can brush colour into the silhouetted mountain without splashing colour into the sky. Or darken the red of the sunset without affecting the mountain. Detect Edges makes retouching easier and saves you time.

Adjustment Presets
Dozens of new adjustment presets give your photos a wide range of looks. In just one click.

One-click quick fixes.
Ready-to-use Quick Fix adjustment presets sharpen images, pump up vibrancy, perform quick exposure shifts, make easy white balance changes, and recover blown highlights. You can also experiment with a variety of effects, from sepia to cross process colour shifts to black-and-white in different contrast grades. Apply any combination of adjustments with a single click. And because adjustments are non-destructive in Aperture 3, another click can remove effects and return your photo to its original state.

Experiment with different processing techniques and styles.
How would your photo look in sepia? Or in high-contrast black and white? What if the shot had been taken with a toy camera? Adjustment presets let you apply these effects and others instantly to a single photo or across an entire project.

Instantly see adjustments in a preview screen.
It's easy to see how different adjustment presets will change your image. Move your cursor over the different preset options, and a pop-up window previews the image in each effect as quickly as you can scroll.

Create your own adjustment presets.
If you've created just the right look for a photo and want to apply it across a project, Aperture 3 saves you hours of work. Just save your refinements as an adjustment preset and apply it wherever and whenever you like. You can also import adjustment presets created by other Aperture users or export your own to share.

Full-Screen Browser
Take advantage of your Apple display to get a big, uncluttered, full-screen view of your library.

Full-screen everything.
Browse through your entire library in the full-screen Browser, quickly moving from project to project without leaving full-screen view. Make selects and compare them side by side. Zoom from 25 percent to 1000 percent to study details. Even browse your video. All on your brilliant Apple display.

No obstructions, no distractions.
You want to see your photos, not control panels. The Aperture 3 Vanishing HUD feature lets you temporarily hide the Adjustments inspector so you can work on your photos full screen, with nothing in the way. Just select the control you want and hold down the Shift key. Everything but that control melts away, leaving you an unobstructed view of your work.

Instantly browse through your projects.
With Aperture 3, browsing through your library becomes a visual feast. Use the Library Path Navigator to instantly move between projects, then view resizable thumbnails using every inch of your screen. Not only is it easier to find what you're looking for, you get a beautiful view of all the great shots you've taken.

Advanced Slideshows
Create spectacular multimedia shows with photos, HD video clips, titles, layered soundtracks, and professionally designed themes.

Use familiar iPhoto '09 slideshow themes. And more.
If you're moving from iPhoto '09, the slideshows you created with themes such as Snapshot and Shatter are preserved in all their brilliance. Aperture 3 includes all iPhoto themes and two new themes: Watercolour Panels and Photo Edges. Each theme gives you a professionally designed layout, title treatment, and transitions to create a distinctive backdrop for your photos. Choose a theme, drop in some photos and HD video clips, and produce amazing slideshows in seconds.

Combine photos, audio, and video clips in one show.
If your camera records video, you can import it into your library along with your stills and include it in your slideshow. Just drag a video clip into the slideshow as easily as you add a photo.

Create and edit layered soundtracks.
To personalize your slideshow, just add music from your iTunes library (DRM-free only). Then drop in audio clips stored in your Aperture library--voiceovers, narration, or other sounds recorded on location--for a multilayered soundtrack. If you're including video in your slideshow, you can add the audio from the video, too.

Tap out the time of your fades and cuts.
Talk about fingertip control. With Aperture 3, you control the pace of your slideshow with the tap of a finger. As you watch the slideshow, press the Return key to determine when each slide begins and ends. As you tap out each slide change, Aperture 3 records your custom timings.

Add titles, borders, and colours.
When using the Classic and Ken Burns themes, you can add titles anywhere in the slideshow in your choice of font, size, and style. Choose borders and background colours. Scale photos. Even control fades and adjust transition times.

You've taken a great shot. Now you're ready to make it even better. Aperture 3 gives you all the tools you need to turn your photography into so much more.

How Great Shots Become Spectacular

Preview and adjust images while you import.

Aperture 3 lets you get to work faster.
The fun begins even before you finish importing your photos. Double-click thumbnails in the Import window to view images, play videos, and hear audio files before they're fully imported. If you're on a deadline, you can begin adjusting an image even if it's still being copied from your memory card to your Mac.

While the files are importing, Aperture 3 grabs data like shutter speed, aperture, lens, and focus points and starts sorting it right away. You can even add your own keywords and automatically apply an adjustment preset on import.

For extra flexibility, Aperture lets you store your images wherever and however you like--directly in Aperture 3, on external drives, or in their original folders. Choose to import RAW and JPEG images together or as separate images so you can work with them individually. And Aperture 3 can automatically back up your master images to a second drive during import.

Organize easily with Faces or Places or by project.

Organize by Faces.
The popular Faces feature in iPhoto '09 comes to Aperture 3, where it has even more power. As in iPhoto, Faces uses face detection technology to find faces in your photos. Once you identify a person, Faces quickly scans your library, or an individual project, to find more photos of that person. Let's say you want to find photos of the bride's father in the O'Rourke wedding project. Once you've identified his face in one photo, Faces finds other photos he appears to be in. You simply confirm the suggested matches to apply his name to those photos.

Check photos and videos you want to import, select a project or create a new one, and decide where you want the files stored. Click to enlarge.

You can group your projects by year to keep even the largest libraries well organized. Click to enlarge.

Display your photos full screen, side by side so you can see more detail when making selects. Click to enlarge.

Create dramatic prints and custom books with Apple-designed templates. Click to enlarge.

Organize by Places.
There's no easier way to organize photos than with Places. Places convert location data from GPS-enabled cameras and geo-tracker devices into common location names. Then it displays those locations as pins on the Places map. If your camera doesn't capture GPS data, you can assign locations by dragging your photos to the map. Later, when browsing your photos, just click the location pin on the map and all the photos shot there are instantly displayed.

Organize any way you want.
Group your projects by year or organize them in hierarchical folders to bring order to even the largest photo library. Add descriptive keywords, captions, or information such as copyright and contact details to any of your photos. Then use the powerful Aperture search engine to find photos based on almost any criteria. You can even search for photos based on the image adjustments applied to each photo.

Compare and Select
Use colour labels and flags to make selects in the full-screen Browser.

Browse photos full screen.
Use every inch of your beautiful Apple display to make selects and compare images side by side. Browse your photos at high speed, instantly navigating between projects. When it's time to make selects, use ratings, flags, and colour labels to organize your best shots. Use the Loupe to examine detail, or zoom and pan multiple images at once.

Perfect and Enhance
Retouch and enhance photos using powerful adjustment presets and brushes.

Adjustment presets.
Dozens of ready-to-use adjustment presets let you apply professional-style imaging effects to a single photo or across an entire project. Quick Fix presets can take care of common problems including blown highlights and low contrast. Other adjustment presets apply processing techniques and styles, such as a toy or vintage camera look. You can also create your own adjustment presets or import presets from colleagues. And since all adjustments are non-destructive, you can revert back from the changes you make at any time or even restore your original master images.

The Zoom Navigator displays a thumbnail to help you move around a zoomed image, so it's even easier to find and perfect details.

Precision brushes.
Non-destructive brushes let you make selective adjustments to specific parts of your image without creating masks or layers. Control brush size, softness, and strength while you dodge and burn or apply effects such as blurring, skin smoothing, and polarization. Fifteen Quick Brushes handle the most common touch-up jobs with a few strokes. Detect Edges makes it easy to retouch areas with greater accuracy--deepening the colours of a mountain range, for instance, while leaving the sky untouched.

Share photos on MobileMe or popular sites such as Flickr and Facebook.

Custom multimedia slideshows.
Create impressive multimedia slideshows with photos, custom titles, HD videos, and layered soundtracks. It's as easy as dragging your photos and videos into one of the themed slideshow templates in Aperture. If you want a more customized slideshow, you can choose the Classic or Ken Burns theme and control transitions, background and border colours, and the font, size, and style of your titles. Sharing slideshows is simpler, too. Aperture exports your slideshows to iTunes so you can sync them to your iPhone or iPod touch, then share them anywhere.

Export. Easy.
When you're ready to share your photos, you can send them to Flickr or Facebook with a couple of clicks. Or take advantage of a variety of export plug-ins to upload photos directly to sites including SmugMug, iStockphoto, and PhotoShelter. Because Aperture is integrated with the Mac OS X Media Browser, you can easily include photos from your library in iLife or iWork documents. Or make them "to go" by syncing them to your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV.

MobileMe Gallery showings.
Aperture offers fully integrated MobileMe Gallery support, so you can publish your photos using your MobileMe account. Simply select the photos you want to share and click the MobileMe button. Keep your gallery private, make it public, or share it with select people. Visitors can download JPEG or original RAW files directly from your site and even contribute their own photos to your gallery.

Create dramatic prints and custom books with Apple-designed templates.

Your book. Made to order.
Create and order premium-quality photo books right from Aperture. You have the tools and professional book templates to design books in small, medium, large, and extra-large 13x10-inch formats. Use one of the 11 themed templates, or customize a template by adding, removing, and resizing text and photo boxes to create a one-of-a-kind book. For a professional touch, all hardcover books come with a full-bleed, satin-finish cover with a wraparound dust jacket.

New book themes.
Aperture 3 includes two new book themes: Photo Essay, a simple, elegant, photojournalist-style layout; and Journal, which includes scrapbook-style borders and large spreads.

Travel maps.
Use either of the new themes to illustrate your photo books with customizable maps, showing the locations of any or all the photos in your book. If it's a book of your travels, you can drop in a map that uses the location data stored with your photos to map your journey.

Printing prowess.
You have many printing options with Aperture 3. Customize the margins, crop on the fly to match the aspect ratio of your paper, and add borders in custom widths and sizes. Create a sheet of wallet-size prints or passport photos. Take advantage of the colour-managed print engine for reliable colour rendition. Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness to fine-tune your images. Add metadata to large prints or contact sheets with your choice of font, size, and style. Include watermarks or your own header--including a logo--on every printed sheet. And when your settings are just the way you want, save them as a preset for future prints.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why has this product taken so long to arrive? 25 April 2010
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I have been using a host of image manipulation software for years and for years I have had to dart from one programme to another to get the features I needed. For example I have Photoshop, great for getting nice "glamour glow" portraits with a plug-in, Capture NX 2 for the fact I use Nikon and I love the U point control, Lightroom 1,2 and beta 3 for storage and the brushes. Well with Aperture 3, I will be doing less switching and lo and behold Lightroom is a thing of the past.

This new edition has pre-sets and brushes and after firing off 700 images of a Youth football match on Saturday I managed to sort, sharpen and despatch them to the football club in well under an hour. Loading was exceptionally fast and I could start editing the images whilst they were still loading. I could literally fly through the images and give star rating to each I wanted to keep. (I use the Scott Kelby method of rating - which is you either want to keep it or not so its 0 for the bad 'uns and 5 for the ones to keep KISS). I just wonder why it has taken Apple so long to get this software anywhere near to its current perfection? maybe Adobe's Lightroom which still has the lion share of the market forced Apple to re-evaluate the software. I wonder how long it will be before Apple decides to develop and sell a PC version?

You can now send your images directly to Facebook, Flickr or MobileMe which saves so much more time for me. Further this version of Aperture has taken face recognition from its smaller sister programme iPhoto and thats a great asset to me in sorting out players. You can also sort in Places and in dates taken. Brilliant.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aperture 3 is spot-on! 25 Dec 2010
iPhoto has always been popular, but lets face it, its merely a friendly management program if you're looking to store and print photos. And don't even get me started on the problems with iPhoto 11.... Apple seem to have a habit these days of 'reverse-grading', as-per most of their iLife programs.

Aperture on the other hand is one of the few quality software releases that Apple release, and thats probably because its part of their 'Pro' range, along with Logic Studio (Music) and Final Cut Studio (Video). It's also a lot more expensive, but compared to competitors, I'm arguing the price is just about spot on. The Student/Education price is also a mere Fifty-Five pounds upon my last check, and that is not an opportunity to be missed.

Took up the trial offer and downloaded this program for free from the Apple site. After a days work, I acquired the serial to keep the program with no hesitation. Aperture 3 is a wonderful piece of software - a combination of brilliant ideas along with the typical execution you'd associate this company with. What is perhaps the most enticing feature is that many of the features you would expect from other programs - which are hard to execute - all come surprisingly easy on Aperture. The learning curve isn't steep at all.

If you're still wondering whether 'Aperture' is for you, or you're not even sure what this program offers, its probably best to assume that this is iPhoto with with muscle. It is designed so that one can easily manage hundreds or even thousands of images in almost collective way possible, with RAW image compatibility. Aperture is unique in that, although it is a image management system, it also houses a wealth of powerful tools to edit your photos - many of which rival the likes of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money 16 Aug 2010
By V. Lake
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This was my first venture into photo editing with a Mac, having just bought my first ever Macbook. I'm very pleased with Aperture, although it does take some time to work out the projects, files and albums. It doesn't have the functionality of Photoshop nor of PaintShop Pro, but it's good value for money, nonetheless.... and Corel don't produce a Mac version of PSP! I bought my copy from Soft Synth who provided an excellent service. I would definitely recommend them, they delivery fast and are good value.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but far cheaper on App Store 26 Jan 2011
By Simon Phipps VINE VOICE
I really like Aperture - it makes dealing with my photo library far easier. It's a huge program though, takes ages to start and to shut down, so if you have an old Mac you may want to think twice.

When you do buy it, go get it from the new Apple App Store on your Mac though. It's far cheaper and you get it straight away.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy Lightroom 3 instead 26 Dec 2010
I'm an apple devotee, however, I have to say that this programme is PAINFULLY slow at doing even the most simple processing on RAW images. It also crashes often. Since encountering these problems I have spent hours trawling the net and various on-line forums, trying to establish whether this problem is unique to me. There are countless on-line forums where people are having discussions about these same problems. I only wish I'd checked these out before forking out the cash to buy Aperture 3. Buy Lightroom 3 instead, it's better and faster.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Photoshop (for me) 25 April 2010
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I found Aperture on the main Apple site, soon after converting from Windows and Linux to Apple, and downloaded a trial copy. The program is so good at what it does that I purchased a full copy (from Amazon, because it's cheaper than Apple), within about a week.

Aperture does everything that I want in photo-manipulation and management. It does it more easily, more intuitively and more quickly than any of the Photoshop-type programmes (Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop and the various cut-down versions of some of these. I have used all of them, mostly in their latest versions). It is (very important) non-destructive.

If you don't want to paint on your photo's, or add weird filters and effects, but do want real control over such things as color temperature, RGB curves, etc, etc (the list of controls is vast), this, to my mind, is a real winner.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Can't get into it
Much as I try I cannot get used to working inside of Aperture. I find the interface very boring, the control panels housing the adjustment panels etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A.Bell
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A great piece of software. Not too greater learning curve ideal as an upgrade from Photoshop elements. Much of the interface is similar to elements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solved my problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of software
Had a previous version of this, but got new computer so bought this version. Delighted with it. Obviously doesn't have the control of Photoshop, but it's great for the photography... Read more
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Published 12 months ago by bones yorks
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced
This is available from the Mac App Store for 54.99, so I cannot imagine why anyone would pay 80 to buy it here.
Published 13 months ago by Wammer
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky - Update
This is an update of my earlier review (see below). The software seems to be regressing. It is now even slower and more frustrating to use and just crashed again. Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by Bucharesta
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Apple Aperture 3. I have only got the Aperture 2 version but have used it for about 3 years and very happy with it and have just over 100,000 Images in my Aperture vault. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2012 by Clickblade
5.0 out of 5 stars The best upgrade for iPhoto Users
Don't hesitate between Lightroom and Aperture 3 if you use a Mac - go for Aperture 3. Has everything you want and lots you don't know you want yet
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