As you may be aware, Aperture 3
was released today. On first glance, the new version looked underwhelming. Indeed, itís biggest features are face recognition & tagging, geolocation (automatic or manual) and non-destructive, local editing (brushes). The first two features are trickle up from iPhoto. The third feature is more or less the local correction tool we got in Lightroom 2.
Iíve bought Aperture 1 and upgraded to Aperture 2 on its release out of moral support, even though Iíd already committed to using Lightroom. While I doubt Iíll upgrade to Aperture 3, I did download the trial edition to check it out. Hereís what I have observed so far from cursory evaluation:
- This is a full 64-bit application.
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- Aperture 3 feels zippier on my aging Mac Pro, as it should.
- The new geolocation feature is pretty slick, even if it sounds cheesy.
- Aperture 3 is obviously cleaner and more straightforward than Aperture 2, which similarly improved over version 1.
- Aperture really is now iPhoto Pro; if iPhoto is what you know, Aperture will be daunting, but recognizable.
- Iím not sure thereís really a market for an iPhoto Pro.
- This is nice software!
Iíll probably be sticking with Lightroom, but Aperture 3 is nevertheless worth a look-see if youíre a Mac user. And we should all be happy thereís some semblance of competition in this space.