CUPERTINO, California—February 9, 2010—Apple® today introduced Aperture™ 3, the next major release of its powerful photo editing and management software, with over 200 new features including Faces, Places and Brushes. Building on the innovative Faces and Places features introduced in iPhoto® ’09, Aperture 3 makes it even easier and faster to organize large photo libraries. Aperture 3 introduces new tools to refine your photos including Brushes for painting image adjustments onto parts of your photo, and Adjustment Presets for applying professional photo effects with just one click. Stunning new slideshows let you share your work by weaving together photos, audio, text and HD video.aperture3 - Apple Releases Aperture 3

“Millions of people love using iPhoto to organize, edit and share their digital photos,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “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 such as Brushes and Adjustment Presets.”

“Aperture 3 gets it right,” said National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson. “The image editing tools are exactly what I have been asking for, they’re so easy to use and give me a level of control that I never even thought possible.
“I chose Aperture because it was the most powerful archiving application around, but it’s now an unbelievable imaging tool as well,” said Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated staff photographer. “I am beyond impressed with the massive changes made in Aperture 3.”

Aperture 3 allows you to organize large photo libraries with even more flexibility using Projects and the new Faces and Places. Faces uses face detection and recognition to find and organize your photos by the people in them. You can view faces across your entire photo library or view just the faces that appear in selected projects. In a new view that speeds up the organization process, Aperture 3 displays faces that have been detected but haven’t yet been named. Places lets you explore your photos based on where they were taken, and like in iPhoto, Places automatically reverse geocodes GPS data into user-friendly locations. In Aperture 3, you can assign locations by dragging-and-dropping photos onto a map or by using location information from GPS enabled cameras, tracking devices or your iPhone® photos.

The new Brushes feature allows you to add professional touches to your photos by simply painting effects onto the image. Aperture 3 includes 15 Quick Brushes that perform the most popular tasks like Dodge, Burn, Polarize and Blur, without the complexity of layers or masks. Brushes can automatically detect edges in your images to let you apply or remove effects exactly where you want them. Aperture 3 includes dozens of Adjustment Presets that apply a specific style or look to the entire image with just a click. You can create your own custom presets or explore the techniques of other photographers by importing theirs.

Aperture 3 makes it easy to share your work with stunning slideshows that weave together photos, audio, text and HD video. You can select one of six Apple designed themes or choose your own transitions, background, borders and titles, and even add your own soundtrack. You can export your slideshows directly to iTunes® to take with you on your iPhone or iPod touch®. You can also share photographs as beautiful prints, create custom-designed hardcover books and publish to online photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr, right from Aperture 3.

Pricing & Availability
Aperture 3 is available through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) and existing Aperture users can upgrade for a suggested retail price of $99 (US). A downloadable 30-day trial version is available at Aperture 3 runs as a 64-bit application on Mac OS® X Snow Leopard® on Macs with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Full system requirements, online tutorials and more information on Aperture 3 can be found at


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  1. Not very happy with the performance at all…
    After waiting 6 hours to upgrade the library from V2.0, Aperture 3 was painfully slow. So slow I had to force quit the application. After that, it wouldn’t open any more.
    I had a back up of the 2.0 library but it had to be upgraded to work with v3.0. Once it is upgraded it cannot be used with 2.0 any longer.
    Finally, it upgraded but I read in a few places that the previews needed to be re-generated to speed things up.
    My library is 450GB and has 78,625 photos in it. I left my studio at 9PM last night and the preview regeneration started. I came back today, after 13 hours and only 56,000 of the previews have been done…
    It pisses me off that I haven’t been able to work for 2 days waiting for updates and upgrades and all this crap about 64-bit processing doesn’t seem real.
    I have an 8-core 2.66Ghz Mac Pro with 16GB of RAM, an NVidia GTX 285 1GB Video Card hooked up to a Vizio 32″ 120HZ LCD and over 9TB of HD space running Mac OS X 10.6.2. This thing should be screaming fast.

  2. I’m also already having problems with Aperture 3. Surprise, Surprise. I have several partially converted libraries on external hard drives which keep making Aperture become nonresponsive. I found part of the problem when I ran disk utility. I had a couple of disk permissions that were not correct, which the computer was able to correct. I also made the cardinal sin of not rebooting and unplugging the computer after installing a major program. So now, I have multiple partially corrupted Aperture libraries. I also now have three copies of the same library at varies stages of conversion.
    Take a look at the progress on your update, my guess is it won’t change if you watch it for a while. It’s probably toast like mine :-(
    Were to go from here? Luckily I don’t trust Aperture further than I can throw the computer it is installed in. I store all my raw files in an non-aperture format. So worse comes to worse, I can start over. I’ll probably try to restart the programs and see if they will finish up. I doubt it. I may have to purchase MacScan to fish out the corrupted pictures, if they have upgraded it to run on Snow Leopard. MacScan found several corrupted pictures in an old vault that I crashed and burned.
    Good luck.

  3. Since I wrote my previous comment at 11:38am, over 3 hours have past and only 13,000 previews have been processed. After almost 16 hours, I still have 8,000 to go…
    This sucks!

  4. i only use aperture to edit, not hold libraries of all the pics ive taken.. iphoto is a sufficient library system for me.. when it comes to indepth apps like aperture handing large volumes of simple tasks its always gonna be bad news..

    hope your back on track soon.

  5. DPP is still a superior RAW developer. I develop all my final images in DPP.

    Anything else aint as good. Pitty DPP has a rubbish p.o.s. interface.

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